iOS 16: How to set medication reminders on iPhone and Apple Watch

How to set medication reminders on iPhone and Apple Watch

Apple makes very few changes to its operating systems compared to other operating systems but ensures the changes made are useful. One such addition to the recently launched developer beta of iOS 16 and watchOS 9 lets users add medications and set periodic reminders to the health app on iPhone and allows users to log the same in their Apple Watch.

Wondering how it works? Here’s a guide to help you set medication reminders on your iPhone and Apple Watch.

Requirements to use and track medications

The requirements to set up and keep track of medications on the iPhone and Apple Watch are minimal. Firstly, you need to update your iPhone to iOS 16 and Apple Watch to watchOS 9.  

iOS 16 is available on the below-mentioned iPhone models:

  1. iPhone 8 and 8+
  2. iPhone X
  3. iPhone 11 series
  4. iPhone 12 series
  5. iPhone 13 series 

WatchOS 9 is available on the below-mentioned Apple Watches:

  1. Apple Watch Series 4
  2. Apple Watch Series 5 
  3. Apple Watch Series 6 
  4. Apple Watch Series 7 
  5. Apple Watch SE.  

Note: We recommend not updating your primary devices to Developer Beta of iOS 16 and watchOS 9 as these might be infested with bugs spoiling the user experience. 

How to add medicines to the Health app on iPhone

  1. Open the Health app on iPhone.
  2. Tap Browse and select Medications.  
  3. Tap Add a Medication
  4. Enter the Name of the medicine in the text box → tap Next.

    Enter the Name of the medicine in Health app on iPhone
  5. Select the Form of the medicine → tap Next.
  6. Add the Medicine’s Strength in the text box.
    You can also select the medication’s strength in mg, mcg, g, etc.
  7. Once done, tap Next.

    Add the Medicine's Strength in Health app on iPhone
  8. Under the Frequency drop-down menu, select the Interval.
  9. On the same page, set the Time and Dosage Quantity.

    Set the Time and Dosage Quantity of Medicine on iPhone
  10. Optional: Set the medicine’s Shape, color, and tap Next or Skip.
  11. Now, add a Nickname for the medicine, and add notes, if any.

    Add medicines to the Health App on iPhone

How to turn off medication reminders in iOS 16

  1. Open the Health app on iPhone.
  2. Tap Browse → select Medications.
  3. Tap Options.
  4. Toggle off Dose Reminders.

    How to turn off Medication reminders on iPhone

Archive and unarchive medication reminders

If your medication dosage has finally come to an end or you’ve been prescribed to stop medications for a few days, here’s how to archive medication reminders. We’ve also mentioned steps to unarchive these reminders.  

  1. Open the Health app on iPhone. 
  2. Tap Browse → select Medications
  3. Go to Your Medications
  4. Swipe right and select Archive.

    Archive Medication reminders on iPhone

To unarchive medication reminders: Follow the first 2 steps above, select Archived Medications → swipe right the medicine → select Unarchive.

Unarchive Medication reminders on iPhone

Log medications into Apple Watch

Apple Watch will remind you to take medicines, and you can log them as taken through the Apple Watch itself. Here’s how to manually log medicines if you miss the notification,

  1. Press the Digital Crown → select the Medication app.
  2. Tap the medicine you want to log.
  3. Scroll down and tap Log.
  4. You can now see the dose Logged, and the time the dose was taken.

    Log medications into Apple Watch

Export the medication list as a PDF

While most of us track medicines, vitamins, etc., we consume regularly, and not many have all the meds listed in one place. If the need arises to share the list of these meds, you can easily do it with the Health app. Here’s how to export your medication list as a PDF.

  1. Open the Health app on iPhone.  
  2. Tap Browse → select Medications
  3. Select Export Medications List PDF option under Your Medications.
  4. Now, tap the Share icon at the top right.

    Export the medication list as a PDF on iPhone

The medication reminder feature is extremely useful, especially for elderly people. You can set up medication reminders for your parents and be ensured that your parents are reminded regularly and do not miss out on taking their meds. If you have any other doubts, let me know in the comments below.

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