Log Your Mood & Track Your Emotions (iOS 17)

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Your iPhone now has a built-in mood-logging feature, allowing you to enter how you’re feeling in the Health app throughout the day. This is to help make you more aware of your emotions and better understand why you feel a certain way. Read on to find out more about this emotion-tracking feature.

Why You’ll Love This Tip:

  • Better understand your emotions by logging your mood throughout the day.
  • Track your moods over the course of weeks and months to learn more about your emotional cycles and triggers.

How to Use the Daily Mood Log on iPhone & iPad

System Requirements:

This tip works on iPhones running iOS 17 or later, or iPads running iPadOS 17 or later. Find out how to update to iOS 17 and iPadOS 17.

According to Apple, research has shown that identifying your feelings can help reduce negative emotions and reinforce positive ones. This new feature comes alongside a number of other mental health features, like the depression and anxiety questionnaire. For more iPhone health tips and tricks, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter. To use the mood log in iOS 17:

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  1. Open the Health app.

    iphone home screen with health app circled in red
  2. Tap Browse.

    iphone health app with browse tab circled in red
  3. Tap Mental Wellbeing.

    iphone health app with mental wellness option circled in red
  4. Tap State of Mind.

    iphone health app, mental wellbeing section with state of mind option circled in red
  5. The State of Mind log will open to the current day, but you can swipe left and right to switch to different days if you’d like to log your mood for another day.

    iphone health state of mind log with red arrows pointing left and right, indicating to swipe left or right
  6. Tap Log.

    iphone health state of mind log with log button circled in red
  7. Select whether you’d like to log how you feel at the current moment or your overall feeling for the day.

    iphone health app mood log with two options circled in red: log how you feel now or how you've felt all day
  8. Tap Next.

    iphone mood log with next button circled in red
  9. You can move the slider between Very Pleasant and Very Unpleasant.

    iphone mood log with mood slider circled in red
  10. Tap Next.

    iphone mood log with next button circled in red
  11. Here, you can choose some emotions that best describe how you’re feeling.

    iphone mood log with different emotions circled in red
  12. You can tap Show More at the bottom to find a wider variety of options.

    iphone mood log with show more button circled in red
  13. If you tapped Show More, select some more emotions, and tap Done.

    iphone mood log showing list of emotions with done button circled in red
  14. Tap Next.

    iphone mood log with different emotions selected and next button circled in red
  15. Now, you can select what has impacted how you feel.

    iphone mood log asking what impacted emotions with a group of different options
  16. You can tap Additional Context… to make a couple of notes about how you’re feeling.

    iphone mood log with different impacts selected and additional context button circled in red
  17. Tap Done.

    iphone mood log with different impacts selected and done button circled in red

If you’d like to regularly log your mood but you’re forgetful like me, you can enable reminders that notify you throughout the day, telling you to log your state of mind. Just go to Settings > Notifications > Health > Health Notification Settings, and scroll down to Mental Wellbeing. You can then choose when and how often you'd like to get notifications to log your mood. If you don't want notifications, find out how to turn off State of Mind on your iPhone.

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Rhett Intriago

Rhett Intriago is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, offering his expertise in all things iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. He enjoys writing on topics related to maintaining privacy in a digital world, as well as iPhone security. He’s been a tech enthusiast all his life, with experiences ranging from jailbreaking his iPhone to building his own gaming PC.

Despite his disdain for the beach, Rhett is based in Florida. In his free time, he enjoys playing the latest games, spoiling his cats, or discovering new places with his wife, Kyla.