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15.3. Apple Health

ViewRanger for iOS version 6.1 sees ViewRanger integrating with Apple's Health app, allowing Apple users to view step count and heart rate information alongside other live track statistics recorded, such as height gain or loss, length, duration and speed.

The new health information feeds into ViewRanger from a step counter or heart rate monitor device, via the Apple Health app, with the user's consent.

When available and allowed, the step count and/or heart rate data is displayed live in the ViewRanger app while recording a track and the results are stored as part of the ViewRanger track. Route tracks recorded in ViewRanger can also be saved to Apple Health as workouts.

Linking up with Apple Health gives an extra level of information to the ViewRanger track recording, and making the new health information easily accessible allows everybody to become more aware of their fitness level, while simply enjoying the great outdoors.

Health app compatible devices and apps include Apple Watch, the Apple Activity app (steps), Jawbone (UP line), Garmin Vivofit as well as external Bluetooth 4.0 enabled heart rate monitors.  

Apple's Health app is available on iPhones running iOS8 and above.

ViewRanger does not yet capture heart rate data from the Apple Watch, only from Bluetooth Heart Rate sensors. Support for capturing heart rate data from the Apple watch will be added shortly.

Instructions

1.  Pair the wrist band to the device with Blutooth in device settings.
2.  In the ViewRanger app, use Menu tab, Settings, Apple Health and press 'Connect'.
3.  Select 'All categories'.
4.  The data is now available in the ViewRanger app, on the trip screens and on the track details when you record a track.

Troubleshooting

The wrist band talks to Apple's Health app and not directly to the ViewRanger app.  The Health App passes the data to the ViewRanger app.  So if you are not seeing the health data in ViewRanger app, check the data in the Health app.
Once connected, you can manage how Apple's Health app communicates to  ViewRanger in the Health app, under sources.

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