How to Clear Your History of Tracked Steps on iPhone

Apple health icon on blue background

If you’ve ever set up a profile in Apple Health on your iPhone, the app will collect data on how many steps you take each day. If you want to erase this record of your physical activity, it is easy to erase it in the Health app. That’s how.

First, open the Apple Health app. If you can’t find it, swipe down with one finger in the middle of your iPhone screen, then type “health” in the search bar. Touch the “Health” application icon that appears.

With Spotlight, search "Health" then tap on the Health icon.

In the Health app, scroll down until you see “Steps,” then tap it. (Depending on how many other health metrics you use, the “Steps” section could be located in various parts of the screen).

In the Health app, tap "Steps."

On the “Steps” screen, scroll down to the bottom and tap “Show all data”.

Faucet "Show all data"

On the “All logged data” screen, tap “Edit” in the upper right corner of the screen.

Faucet "Edit"

The screen will change to an edit screen where you can delete data for individual days using the red circles next to each entry. To delete all recorded step data, tap “Delete all”.

Warning: Once you delete your step data, you will not be able to get it back.

Faucet "Delete all"

After confirming the deletion, Health will erase all your step data. However, this does not prevent Health from collecting data for future steps. To do so, we will have to go to Settings in the section below.

How to disable Apple Health Activity Tracking on iPhone

If you’ve just cleared your step data and want to prevent the Health app from collecting activity data in the future, it’s easy to disable it in Settings. First, open the Settings app.

Tap on the "Settings" icon on iPhone

In Settings, tap “Privacy.”

In iPhone settings, tap "Privacy."

Under “Privacy”, scroll down and select “Movement and Fitness”.

Faucet "Movement and fitness."

Under “Movement and Fitness”, tap the switch next to “Health” to turn it off. This will prevent the Health app from receiving future activity data from your iPhone’s sensors.

Turn off the switch next to "Health."

Alternatively, you can completely disable “Fitness Tracking” at the top of the screen, but doing so will also prevent other apps from using activity data. If that’s okay with you, change “Fitness Tracking” to “Off”.

After that, get out of Settings and you’re done. From now on, Health will no longer know how many steps you take each day. Stay healthy out there!

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