How to Add Medications Using Your iPhone Camera (iOS 16)

Tracking your prescriptions is easier than ever because you can now add medications to your Health app quickly and easily with your iPhone camera!

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Adding your medications using your iPhone camera rather than filling out all the information manually can save you time. This will require you to give camera permissions to your Health app, which you can disable later if you wish. Let me show you how to add medications quickly using your camera!

Related: How to Add Medical Records to Health App on iPhone

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Save time by adding medications to the Health app with your camera.
  • Don’t worry about misspelling complex medication names by scanning them directly.

How to Use Your Camera to Add Medications to the Health App

Depending on the medication you are trying to add, using your camera might not work. Multivitamins, for example, might not be listed, so these would have to be added manually. For more fantastic tips about making the most of your Health app, sign up for our free Tip of the Day!

Before you can add your medications to the Health app using your camera, make sure you have updated to iOS 16 and give your Health app permission to use your camera. To use your camera to add prescriptions:

  1. Open the Health app.

    Open the Health app.
  2. Tap Browse.

    Tap Browse.
  3. Search for "Medications" and tap it.

    Search for "Medications" and tap it.
  4. Tap Add Medications.

    Tap Add Medications.
  5. Tap the camera icon

    Tap the camera icon.
  6. The first time you do this, you'll have to give camera access to your camera. Tap OK.

    The first time you do this, you'll have to give camera access to your camera. Tap OK.
  7. Tap Get Started.

    Tap Get Started.
  8. Position your camera over the medication as instructed. It should scan it really quickly.

    Position your camera over the medication as instructed. It should scan it really quickly.
  9. You’ll see some possible matches. If you don’t see the correct one, tap Search by Name or Scan Again.

    You’ll see some possible matches. If you don’t see the correct one, tap Search by Name or Scan Again.
  10. Tap the correct one.

    Tap the correct one.
  11. If you didn't get an exact match, you may need to enter specifics about your medication, such as delivery method and strength. Next, you'll enter the Frequency that you take it. The default is Every Day. Tap it to change it.

    Next, you'll enter the Frequency that you take it. The default is Every Day. Tap it to change it.
  12. Next, select the Time of Day you take your medication by tapping Add a time.

    Next, select the Time of Day you take your medication by tapping Add a time.
  13. Tap the time and swipe up and down to select the correct time. Tap outside of the time menu once you are done. You can add multiple times of day per medication.

    Tap the time and swipe up and down to select the correct time. Tap outside of the time menu once you are done.
  14. The default is 1 capsule (or 1 application, 1 injection, etc., depending on your medication's delivery method). Tap 1 capsule to change the amount.

    The default is 1 capsule, tap 1 capsule to change the amount.
  15. Tap Next.

    You can add multiple times of day per medication. Tap Next.
  16. Choose the shape of your medication; this can help you identify the correct pill even if you keep several prescriptions mixed. If you scroll down, you can see options for powders, injections, nasal sprays, creams, and more. Once you've selected the shape of your medication, tap Next.

    Choose the shape of your medication; this can help you identify the correct pill even if you keep several prescriptions mixed. Tap Next.
  17. Choose a color for the left side, right side, and background. If you take various medications that look different, this is a good chance to make it look like the actual medication you take so that you can identify it easily, even if you mix it with your other medications. Since I only have one prescription, I chose colors that make me happy.

    Choose a color for the left side, right side, and background.
  18. Tap Next.

    Tap Next.
  19. Next, you’ll be able to review the details of the medication you’ve entered. You’ll be able to add an optional display name and notes if you wish. Tap Next or Skip to move on.

    Tap Next or Skip to move on.
  20. The first time you add a medication, you'll also be taken through steps to set up possible drug interactions. The options you can toggle on are Alcohol, Tobacco, and Marijuana. You will only be asked to select these once, and you can toggle them on and off later on. When you're done selecting which drug interactions you'd like to see information on, tap Done.

    Choose drug interactions
  21. If you've already set drug interactions up, you can tap on Drug Interactions to see if any factors can interfere with your medication. Tap Done when you are finished.

    Tap Done when you are finished.

Pro Tip: If you add several medications, you can also check to see if there are any Drug Interactions between them. However, it is always best to discuss this with your doctor because they may be able to give you valuable tips or an alternative medication that won't have any adverse interactions.

Now you know how to add your prescriptions using your iPhone camera! I like to do this because it lets me skip the dosage step, and I don't have to worry about misspellings when searching for the correct medication.

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Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life who lives in Hawaii. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.