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By Paul Veugen on Oct 2

Human & MyFitnessPal

Automatically sync your Human activity to your MyFitnessPal diary

Human & MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal is one of the most popular health apps: it allows you to keep a diary of your nutrition, with a primary focus on losing weight. You can use the MyFitnessPal app and website to track everything, measuring how many Calories you consume. Human gives you a complete picture of your daily activity and tells you how many Calories you burn with your daily activity. If you keep track of Calories in MyFitnessPal it's important to know how many you've burned throughout the day. iOS 8 has made this a whole lot easier, since both apps now added support iOS Health. You can use Health to exchange data between your favorite fitness & health apps. Since the release, we've gotten a lot of questions from our users about how they can have Human and MyFitnessPal work together. Here's how you set it up.

MyFitnessPal is one of the most popular health apps: it allows you to keep a diary of your nutrition, with a primary focus on losing weight. You can use the MyFitnessPal app and website to track everything, measuring how many Calories you consume. Human gives you a complete picture of your daily activity and tells you how many Calories you burn with your daily activity. If you keep track of Calories in MyFitnessPal it's important to know how many you've burned throughout the day. iOS 8 has made this a whole lot easier, since both apps now added support iOS Health. You can use Health to exchange data between your favorite fitness & health apps. Since the release, we've gotten a lot of questions from our users about how they can have Human and MyFitnessPal work together. Here's how you set it up.

Set up Human to write data to Health

After you've installed or upgraded Human to the latest version we ask you permission to write and read from iOS Health. Unfortunately there's a little bug in Human 3.0.2 (in the App Store at the time of writing) that requires you to give permission for all "write" data types to enable our sync. In our next build we'll fix this, so you can make a finer selection of data you'd like to write.

If you want to change your permissions after the initial request in the Human app, you can always go into the Health app, tap sources and select Human to change your read or write permissions.

Permission screen for iOS Health

You can give Human permission to read your weight and date of birth from the Health app. We use your most recent weight to calculate the Calories that you burn through your daily activity. Your date of birth helps us to get a better understanding of who's using our app.

Setting up MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal can read all your activity data from the Health app. Human writes all your individual activities as 'Workouts' to Health.

Open the MyFitnessPal app, tap the "more" option in the menu, and go to Settings. In Settings you'll find the option Sharing & Privacy. Tap HealthKit Sharing to give MyFitnessPal permission to read and write your data.

MyFitnessPal: 'More' menu MyFitnessPal: 'Settings' menu MyFitnessPal: 'Sharing & Privacy' menu

If you want all your Human activity to sync with MyFitnessPal, you should at least give permission to read Workouts. It's even better to give permissions to read Active Calories, Cycling Distance, Walking + Running Distance, and Workouts for the most complete picture.

MyFitnessPal: 'More' menu

Get active

Just keep Human running in the background now and go about your day. We'll automatically track your outdoor walks, runs, bike rides any indoor activity (Active). We make an accurate estimate of active calories for your activities, using location services and the motion sensors of your phone.

Human & MyFitnessPal

Human saves your data to Health each time you open the app. We send all your activity to Health for the past week and update activities in Health each time you make a change. MyFitnessPal reads today's activity data when you open their app. So to get a complete picture of your day, please open Human first to save your activities to Health, and then open MyFitnessPal.

All indoor activity in Human is tracked as Active. We use the motion sensors of your phone to measure intensity. MyFitnessPal shows these indoor activities as cardio exercises or circuit training. Unfortunately that's the only way we can store our indoor activities in Health for now. All your outdoor walks, runs, and bike rides will be visible in MFP too, including calories and duration.

Active calories in the iOS Health app Active calories in the MyFitnessPal app

MyFitnessPal sometimes duplicates your activity data from Health. It's best to delete the duplicate entries from MyFitnessPal. We're sure they'll fix that soon.

Steps

Sorry, Human does not track any steps. Instead, we focus on all your daily activity, to try and stimulate you to reach 30, 60 or 90 minutes of movement every day. We believe that active minutes are a better way to think about exercise and daiy activity.

Want to know more?

Take a look at this post to learn how to get the most out of iOS Health. We're super excited about all the possibilities with iOS Health. Let us know what you think. Any favorite apps that would work great with Human and we should look into? Let us know.

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