Use Apple Health with Oura

iOS users can link their Oura accounts to Apple Health to make every workout and activity count.

By integrating the Oura app with Apple Health, you’ll have a collection of all your workouts and healthy movement together in one place. Similarly, you’ll be able to view key metrics such as resting heart rate and respiratory rate recorded via your Oura Ring inside Health. This can be especially meaningful when viewed alongside integrations from other third-party apps.

This article contains information on how to set up Oura's Health integration, a breakdown of data shared between apps, and an explanation for why different wearables calculate calories differently.

Setting Up Apple Health

While setting up your account after first downloading the Oura app, you’ll be asked to enable Health.

If you choose not to enable Health during the initial setup process, the steps below will help you configure and start using Health.

On Your iPhone

1.) Open Settings.

2.) Scroll down to ‘Apple Health’.

3.) Tap ‘Data Access & Devices’, then tap ‘Oura’.

4.) Tap ‘Turn All Categories On’.

In the Oura App

1.) Tap the menu icon (☰) in the upper left-hand corner of the Home tab (Icon_Home.png).

2.) Tap ‘Settings’, then tap ‘Health’.

3.) Enable the following parameters:

• Connect to Health

• Import Workouts from Health

• Save Mindful minutes to Health

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Keep in mind, the Oura App might not import data from Health if both apps were not opened before midnight. This might happen if ‘Background App Refresh’ is disabled or if Lower Power Mode is enabled on your iPhone.

To prevent this from happening in the future, be sure to open both Health and the Oura app at least once during the day. Feel free to close them again at night after workouts or activities for the day have been completed.

Additional steps, such as manual syncing may be required when integrating third-party apps through Health to the Oura app.

Which Data Are Exported & Imported?

Oura’s Health integration permits bi-directional data flow between the Oura app, Health, and 3rd party apps connected to Health. When you sync your Oura data, Health updates will appear after you've completed an activity or workout.

With your permission, the Oura app will export and import the following data.

Exported From Oura to Apple Health

• Sleep Analysis - this includes both in bed and asleep times.

• Active Energy - the calories you've burned by walking, training, or doing other activities (activity burn), excluding your BMR.

• Respiratory rate - average respiratory rate from the night

• Resting Heart Rate* - average nighttime resting heart rate

• Mindful minutes - Presence sessions from Moment

• Weight

• Height

*Oura exports Resting Heart Rate into the Heart Rate category in Health.

Imported From Apple Health to Oura

• Workouts (Steps & Walking + Running Distance cannot be imported into Oura)

• Weight

• Height

Things to Keep in Mind 

• The Oura app will only sync workouts for the current day.

• If the imported workout includes calorie data, you can't manually edit the data in the Oura app. To edit the calorie info, use the app you used to track your workout.

• If calorie burn data from Health is unavailable, you can manually adjust the workout intensity in the Oura app to get a better estimate.

Calories Calculated from Imported Workouts

When tracking activity, Oura only records your active calories. These calories include the calories you burn during exercise and not your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). BMR is the number of calories required to keep your body functioning at rest, or, in this example, calories burned while you're asleep or resting.

Other fitness trackers and health apps will combine active calories and BMR. As a result, their calorie burn estimations may differ slightly from Oura's.

In the example below, a manually added activity in Oura would add 216 Cal to one's Total Daily Calorie Burn, while a workout tracked with a different device and imported into Oura would add 244 Cal to one's Daily Calorie Burn.

Here's an example for a moderate-intensity, 30-minute run for a 35-year old woman (126 lb/57kg, 5 ft 5 in/164 cm).

Oura

• Active Calories: 216 Cal

• Total Calorie Burn = 216 Cal

Other Health Apps

• Active Calories: 216 Cal

• Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): 28 Cal

• Total Calorie Burn = 244 Cal (216 + 28)

For more on Oura's Apple Health integration, follow along with the video below.

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