One of the most useful additions to iOS 16 and watchOS 9 is the ability to log medications in the Apple Health app.
The update allows users to manage medications, vitamins and supplements under one roof, with regularly scheduled reminders that track when you take or skip your meds, along with what is essentially a 10-minute snooze button in case you’re busy when you get the alert.
If you’re in the US, you can even scan medications with your iPhone camera, search for meds in Apple’s database and get some insight into how your drugs could be interacting.
Hopefully, these features will arrive in the UK in the future, but, for now, we’re limited to the basic logging features over here, which include reminders and medication history to monitor how often you take or skip your meds over a 28-day period.
What you’ll need:
- An iPhone running iOS 16
The Short Version
- Open the Health app
- Tap Browse
- Select Medications
- Tap Add Medication
- Enter the name of your medication
- Choose your medication’s type and strength
- Set the frequency
- Customise the shape, colour and background of the icon
- Tap Done
How to set medication reminders on your iPhone
Open the Health app
Make sure your phone is running iOS 16 first to access the new medication tracking feature.
This is in the bottom right corner.
You should find this option midway down the list of Health Categories.
Tap Add A Medication
If you’ve added a medication in the past, your screen might look different to ours.
Enter the name of your medication
Then, tap Next.
Choose your medication type
This can be a capsule, tablet, liquid or more.
Add your medication’s strength
You can skip this step if you’re unsure.
Pick a shape for your medication icon
You can also skip this step.
Choose how frequently you’ll be taking this medication
You can tap Add A Time to choose a specific time for your reminders.
Customise the colours of your medication and background
Tap Next when you’re done.
Hit Done to save
You can also review your reminder and add any optional details at this stage.
The Health app allows users to search Apple’s database for their medication and even use their iPhone’s camera to scan the label on the back. However, this feature is only available in the US.
This is another US-only feature.
If you’re in the United States, you can tap Drug Interactions in the Your Medications section of the Health app to view any Moderate, Serious or Critical interactions between the drugs you’re taking. However, only drugs in Apple’s database are included here, meaning you won’t be able to view possible interactions regarding unlisted drugs.