How to Log Your Medications in the Health App (iOS 16)

Once you’ve set up medication tracking in your Health app, you’ll need to learn how to log that you’ve taken them or to keep a record for your doctor.

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Setting up Medication tracking in your iPhone’s Health app is just the first step. In order to take full advantage of this iOS 16 feature, you’ll need to learn how to log them. Logging your prescription or vitamins every time you take them makes it easy for you to double-check that you didn’t forget and keep a record for yourself or your doctor.

Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • Have a clear record of when you took medication for your doctor or family and better understand any side effects it may have.
  • Stop wondering, "did I really take it, or was that yesterday?" Quickly check your Health app for peace of mind.

How to Log Your Medications When You Take or Apply Them

Once you’ve set up medication tracking in the Health app, you'll be able to log when you take or apply them. If you've set up a scheduled reminder, you will get an alert at the scheduled time. Once you tap it, you'll be able to select Taken to mark it as taken or Skipped to mark it as skipped.

Scheduled medication

If you want to log a medication that you don’t have a schedule for or that you take at a different time or at an unusual dosage, you’ll have to log it through your Health app. To discover more valuable features that can enhance your everyday life, don’t forget to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

  1. Open the Health app.

    Open the Health app.
  2. Tap the Browse tab.

    Tap the Browse tab.
  3. Search for Medications and tap to open it

    Search for Medications and tap to open it
  4. Under Log, you'll see the medications you've added. Tap the plus icon to mark it as taken for the day/for that time period.

    Tap the plus icon to mark it as taken for the day/for that time period.
  5. Tap Taken if you took it or Skipped if you skipped it.

    Tap Taken if you took it or Skipped if you skipped it.
  6. If you have multiple medications or doses, you can also tap Log All as Taken.

    If you have multiple medications or doses, you can also tap Log All as Taken.
  7. If you want to log a medication that doesn’t have a frequency set, you can tap As Needed Medications.

    If you take any medication that doesn’t have a frequency set, you can tap As Needed Medications.
  8. Then, tap Taken under the correct medication.

    Tap Taken

Pro Tip: If you have an Apple Watch, you'll be able to log your medications manually, even if you've dismissed the scheduled reminder. Just tap the pill icon that represents the Apple Watch Medication app, select the correct medication, then tap Log as Taken.

ust tap the pill icon that represents the Apple Watch Medication app

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Now you know how to correctly log your medications, creams, vitamins, or supplements. One of the biggest perks of doing this is that you’ll have an accurate record that you can refer to if you experience any strange side effects that you want to discuss with your doctor. Also, if you set up health data sharing with your family, they can also see if you're taking your meds as prescribed instead of asking you, which can get annoying despite good intentions.

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Olena Kagui

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.