Every iPhone since the 5 S is equipped with a microchip called a motion coprocessor, which collects data from integrated accelerometers, gyros and compasses and can then transfer that information to fitness apps that track physical activity. In essence, the chip knows whether you are running, walking, sleeping or driving, but what if you do not want that?
It is a feature that can easily drive you crazy, although all health data collected stays on your device. The only time it is shared is when you allow it to be accessed by Health or a third-party application, but sometimes you can unknowingly give you access to information you prefer to keep, so you can make sure your iPhone follows your steps and fitness activity do not follow, or continue to follow, but make sure that apps do not have access to this info.
Method # 1
: Stop iPhone from counting steps and following fitness activity
To completely stop fitness monitoring, open the Settings app, go to Menu & # 39; Privacy & # 39; and then open & # 39; Exercise and fitness & # 39;
Here, you & # 39; A list of apps that have requested access to your exercise and fitness activity is displayed, including the Health app. At the top you see an option called "Fitness Tracking" – turn it off to disable activity tracking. All apps with previous access to your data no longer have access to information such as step count, exercise, climbed stairs and more.
If you want to keep your fitness tracking data, but don't want to give it to third-party apps, simply refuse access. When you first open a fitness app, such as pedometer, you will be asked to give it access to your exercise and fitness activity. If you click "OK", the app gets access, but you can just as easily retrieve access via your settings afterwards.
Open the Settings app again and go to "Privacy" and then to "Motion & Fitness". There will be a list with all apps that have access to your fitness data. To prevent an app from accessing this data, simply turn off the switch next to the app's name. Once it is turned off, it will no longer have access to your current data and data recorded in the future.
This article was produced during the annual special Health & Fitness coverage of Gadget Hacks. Read all Health & Fitness series.