Fix for Stuck Health App (iOS 8)

applehealth400I honestly don’t know how it happened, but one day I opened Apple’s Health app on my iPhone and it wouldn’t load anything. Graphs were empty, attempts to show specific data points just hung forever, attempts to clear all data points under specific categories only appeared to work until the app was relaunched, and even deleting the Jawbone Up app left its data in place. I tried to backup and restore my phone several times, until I finally stumbled on the solution.

The solution for me was to backup the phone with a not-encrypted backup via iTunes (iCloud backups must be encrypted), then restore from that. Probably for privacy/security reasons, the unencrypted backup does not save Health information (along with stored passwords, and I think a few other things). This means that I was able to restore my iPhone without any Health data and start fresh. Ever since, the Health app has been working properly.

Your mileage may very, but best of luck to you in curing your stuck Health app woes!

Dejal Time Out

If you’re a Mac user, and you find yourself working too hard at the computer (typing and staring at the screen for hours with no break), give Time Out a try.

This hand freeware app will allow you to schedule regular breaks throughout the day where it actually locks your screen and plays music from iTunes (if you so desire). Currently, I have it set for a 15 second break every 30 minutes and a 10 minute break every hour. I leave the iTunes integration off so that I’m reminded to actually get out of my chair and away from the computer.

If you’re a fan of Apple’s latest toy, Time Out is also available through the Mac App Store.