Taking Control of Your Medication Routine with Apple’s Health App

Apple‘s commitment to improving health and well-being extends to helping users manage their medication routines effectively. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to leverage the Health app’s medication tracking and reminder features, empowering you to stay on top of your medication schedule effortlessly.

System Requirements

Before delving into the setup process, ensure that your Apple devices meet the minimum requirements for this feature. Your iPhone should be running iOS 17 or newer, and your Apple Watch should be updated to watchOS 10. Verify if your specific devices are compatible with these updates.

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Adding Medications to the Health App

To begin managing your medications within the Health app, follow these straightforward steps:

  1. Open the Health app on your iPhone.
  2. Navigate to the “Explore” tab within the app.
  3. Locate and select the “Medication” category.
  4. Tap “Add Medication” to initiate the process.
  5. Provide all necessary medication details, including its name, form (e.g., tablet, capsule), and intake frequency.
  6. Specify the time and dosage for each medication, and if desired, you can even customize additional details like shape and color.

By completing these steps, you not only record your medications but also create a foundation for setting up reminders and follow-up notifications.

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Setting Medication Reminders

One of the standout features of this update is the ability to receive timely reminders for taking your medications. Here’s how to set up notifications on both your iPhone and Apple Watch:

On iPhone

  1. Launch the Health app and navigate to the “Explore” tab.
  2. Within the “Medication” category, scroll to the bottom and select “Options.”
  3. Swipe down the screen to reveal more options and tap “Options.”
  4. Enable the “Medication Reminders” and “Follow-up Reminders” options to activate this function.

On Apple Watch

Starting with iOS 17 and watchOS 10, reminders and notifications configured on your iPhone will also appear on your Apple Watch, ensuring you never miss a medication dose.


Apple’s Health app empowers users to take control of their medication routines effortlessly. By adding medications and configuring reminders, you can better manage your health and ensure that you or your loved ones never forget to take their prescribed medications. Stay on top of your health journey with the help of these convenient and user-friendly features.