Disable Motion and Fitness Tracking on iPhone for More Privacy

How to Disable Fitness Tracking on iPhoneFitness tracking is a great thing, as it brings additional attention to often neglected parts of our life, such as our sedentary and inactive lifestyles. By tracking your every movement via the motion and fitness tracker on iPhone, the Health application can present you with details about the amount of activity in your daily routine. If you are concerened about your privacy – here’s how to disable motion and fitness tracking on iPhone, as well as how to enable motion and fitness tracking.

How to disable “Motion & Fitness Tracking” on iPhone

Settings → Privacy → Motion & Fitness → disable toggle “Fitness Tracking”

Go to your “Settings” app and head over to the “Privacy” section by scrolling down a bit. Now scroll down again and tap “Motion & Fitness”.

Disable Motion and Fitness tracking

Then disable the “Fitness Tracking” toggle to turn off the tracking feature altogether.

Disable Motion and Fitness tracking

Note that you won’t have any kind of step counting or other sensory data in the Health app. You may also restrict the tracking to certain apps by only disabling some of the entries, such as the “Health” or “Activity” application, or another app you suspect might be eating up your battery.

If you use an external fitness tracker or don’t want to use these types of features at all, you may disable the motion and fitness tracking for purposes of battery life improvement and conservation.

Which iPhone models use “Motion & Fitness Tracking”

If left at the default settings, your iPhone will continuously check for motion and use a little (probably negligible) bit of energy in the process of doing so. Only the iPhone 5s and above track your motion continuously and use the sensors for fitness purposes. Earlier models only use the sensors when activated specifically, e.g. by apps that track you while jogging or running. You can customize and disable the tracking of your fitness and motion data, if desired.

Enable “Motion & Fitness Tracking” on iPhone

Settings → Privacy → Motion & Fitness→ activate toggle “Fitness Tracking”

For privacy or other reasons you may have chosen to disable Motion & Fitness Tracking on your iPhone, but now want to re-activate Fitness Tracking. It’s quite simple just open your “Settings” and go to “Privacy”.

Disable Motion and Fitness tracking

Did you knwo that you can use the Health App to track your Fitness journey even if you use additional trackers? Find out how to use the Health App to track your Fitness progress.

Now tap “Motion & Fitness” and activate the toggle next to “Fitness Tracking”.