How to Track Steps and Walking Distance with iPhone Health App

It’s generally recommended that we should all get in at least 10,000 steps a day to stay active. Even if you can’t always meet this goal, it’s useful to track your steps and walking distance on the iPhone Health App. Although there are several other health apps for iPhone, default Apple health does a pretty good job for basic fitness metrics. The motion sensors on your phone make it a sophisticated pedometer that can give useful insights about how much you walk each day. So let’s check out the details.

How to Use Apple Health App to track steps and Walking Distance

Step #1. Open the Health app on your iPhone. If it’s the first time you are using it, you’ll be asked to fill in some basic information that makes up your Health Profile. It’s not mandatory to enter this information, but it helps the app to give a more accurate overview of your health.

Step #2. Once you’ve filled in your basic information, you will see the main summary dashboard of the app. Scroll and see if you can see your steps data on this screen. If you do not see it, move onto step #3.

Step #3. Tap on Edit at the top-right corner of the summary screen.

Step #4. Tap on the All tab to see the different activities you can choose to monitor.

Open Health App Tap on Edit and Then Tap on All

Step #5. To make the Health app track your steps, scroll down, and tap Steps. The blue star next to it should display in bold.

Step #6. Similarly, to track your walking distance using the Health App, tap on Walking+Running Distance so that the blue star next to it becomes bold. Now tap on Done.

Add Steps and Walking Distance to Summary Dashboard in Health App on iPhone

Step #7. You will now return to the main summary dashboard and should be able to see both Steps and Walking Distance displayed there.

Track Steps and Walking Distance Using Health App on iPhoneSumming Up

Of course, for steps to be tracked, you need to always have your iPhone with you when moving around. If you want to see some detailed insights, just tap on Steps on the main summary screen and you will see a graph that shows you the number of steps you’ve taken each day.

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How to Track Steps and Walking Distance on iPhone Health App

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
The founder of iGeeksBlog, Dhvanesh, is an Apple aficionado, who cannot stand even a slight innuendo about Apple products. He dons the cap of editor-in-chief to make sure that articles match the quality standard before they are published.


  1. when you tap on the steps on my phone it shows the number of steps taken per minute or 3 or 4 minutes and for everyone else in our office when they tap on the steps it shows the number of steps they take for each day.

  2. This app only seems capable of telling me the steps I walked today. As soon as it hits 12:01, it moves to the next day. It doesn’t matter if I click on “Week” –it only tells me data for this present day. Is there a way to to tell me the data for the previous day for example?

    • I found it impossible and I was very disappointed when found limitation of this application.
      There is a way to get around and get that data with help from a free application linked to Health. It is Fitbit. It relies on recorded data from Health and returns data from the past.


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