Whoop Exporting to Apple Health: Here’s how it actually works

Again a pair months in the past, Whoop began importing from Well being. Whereas the info they pulled was considerably restricted, the aim was primarily to help in exercise recognition and categorization. The concept being that in case you used a Garmin Edge bike laptop, and had Garmin Join setup to sync to Well being, then Whoop might extra precisely time the beginning/finish factors of your experience based mostly on the Garmin knowledge (and likewise be certain that it was tagged *particularly* as a experience). And customarily talking that labored high-quality, nevertheless it nonetheless required you put on your Whoop band for these actions. In the event you didn’t put on your Whoop band, it didn’t work.

In any case, setting the import apart, now Whoop additionally exports knowledge to Apple Well being. Just like the import facet of the home, this covers the majority of situations, however t.’s additionally nonetheless some gaps within the knowledge too.

So after having it enabled for a number of days, I figured I’d run by means of the way it works and what it’s (and isn’t sending). Additionally, you’ll keep in mind I beforehand requested Whoop about their plans ., they usually did promise this was on the best way – so it appears like they delivered on that. In addition they famous that Google Match on Android was coming too, however that they have been simply working by means of one facet at a time. I presume that’s nonetheless on the radar.

The Tech Particulars:

First up, is getting it enabled. Even in case you beforehand enabled the Apple Well being to Whoop characteristic, you’ll must re-enable this to ship from Whoop to Apple Well being, since that requires your approval. Doing so is foolish simple although, however first, replace your Whoop app.

1) Then click on on the menu icon within the decrease proper nook of the app
2) Then select Apple Well being
3) Then select ‘Join’
4) Adopted by ‘Activate All’ for all of the classes that Whoop sends knowledge to Apple Well being.
5) Lastly, faucet Permit

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You’ll be able to return into this identical menu in case you’d prefer to disallow sure issues from syncing to Apple Well being.

So, as soon as that’s completed, Whoop will begin syncing over knowledge to Apple Well being from Whoop. In my case, it appeared to sync the earlier week’s price of knowledge (seemingly 7 days’ price). The information varieties it syncs are:

– Lively Vitality: These are the energy you burn from doing actions
– Blood Oxygen: That is your blood oxygen ranges, generally often called SpO2 or pulse oxygen ranges
– Coronary heart Fee: That is your coronary heart fee (clearly), however, as I’ll clarify in a sec, this isn’t completed effectively.
– Respiratory Fee: That is your respiration fee
– Resting Coronary heart Fee: That is your computed resting coronary heart fee worth
– Sleep: These are the occasions you sleep, segmented right into a gazillion chunks per evening (identical as different corporations)
Exercises: These are exercises as outlined by Whoop, and Whoop creates a single entry for them

Be aware that sure varieties like Blood Oxygen and Respiratory fee, are solely accessible for Whoop 4.0 bands, because the band doesn’t have these metrics.

If we dive into all the info pumped over from Whoop to Apple Well being, by way of the Well being App, we will see how this knowledge truly exhibits up (the titles are proven on the high of every knowledge set, with the primary screenshot being sleep):

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And extra particularly, how typically this knowledge is up to date. Usually, I’d say that Whoop does a piece of this knowledge completely, a piece of it half-assed, and a piece of it ‘high-quality’. Which is principally the identical as how Garmin and others do it. As I talked about beforehand, t. actually must be a ‘Right here’s easy methods to correctly put wearables knowledge into Apple Well being’ greatest practices information from Apple on this, like most different tech corporations do for his or her API’s.

– Lively Vitality: This calorie knowledge is written solely from exercises seen by Whoop (however not for something not seen by Whoop as a exercise).
– Blood Oxygen: This writes as soon as per day while you get up, displaying your common SpO2 worth in a single day.
– Coronary heart Fee: It is a bizarre one. It solely appears to put in writing your HR at one worth per day. For context, Garmin writes it each 2 minutes, and the Apple Watch does it considerably variable at each 1-15 minutes (on common each 5-6 minutes). Oura writes it anyw. between each 1-5 minutes, however skipping any exercise durations completely.
– Respiratory Fee: This writes as soon as per day while you get up, displaying your common respiration fee in a single day.
– Resting Coronary heart Fee: This writes as soon as per day while you get up, displaying your computed RHR in a single day.
– Sleep: This writes your sleep in chunks for ‘asleep’ and ‘awake’ time, identical to most different watches do.
Exercises: These create exercises in Apple Well being, however incorrectly omit the center fee values throughout the exercise itself.

Notably, it doesn’t write your Whoop 4.0 HRV values to Apple Well being. Whoop notes this is due to the Apple-induced weirdness of Apple writing HRV values as SDNN whereas the remainder of the world largely does RMSSD:

“Apple Well being tracks HRV utilizing SDNN, whereas WHOOP calculates HRV utilizing RMSSD. Whereas the values could pattern equally, absolutely the numbers are in.ntly totally different. For extra .rmation, take a look at these sources: Nationwide Heart for Biotechnology Data and Frontiers in Public Well being.”

Subsequent, you’ll discover that for the ‘Exercises’ class, Whoop doesn’t appropriately write all the underlying coronary heart fee knowledge to the exercise assortment. Right here you may see that is omitted throughout the app:

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And if I export out that knowledge to take a look at, the HR knowledge is certainly lacking. This is similar drawback Garmin has, w. they don’t write the HR knowledge to Apple Well being correctly. Although, Wahoo and Peloton do.

And at last – what about rings? Nicely, that appears to work, although, it additionally appears fiddly. However I don’t assume that’s Whoop’s fault. For instance, none of my exercises final week moved the rings within the app, however my one from yesterday did, as did my experience at present (and the one factor I let sync to it, was Whoop – so I do know it was Whoop). Be aware the stand-time was merely me carrying the Apple Watch pre-ride for a number of hours to make sure life was blissful t..

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Of us on Reddit have had blended luck . too. Some have seen circumstances w. it requires having your Apple Watch write a minimum of some knowledge to point out up (unrelated knowledge). And others have had higher luck with altering the sources ordering in Apple Well being. After all, I can’t think about t.’s many individuals that use rings however don’t semi-routinely put on an Apple Watch (most individuals that don’t put on an Apple Watch however nonetheless use rings, merely don’t put on it throughout exercises particularly, however nonetheless put on it the remainder of the day).

Wrap-Up:

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All of those are good steps for a corporation that’s largely been an island unto itself in relation to knowledge and openness. Positive, the implementation isn’t good, however hopefully we’ll see Whoop repair the largely minor gaps (like lack of HR within the exercise recordsdata), in addition to the 24×7 HR items. That would go away them with a reasonably clear/good implementation.

After all, I’m nonetheless trying ahead to them opening up their platform from a correct exercise exporting standpoint like they promised final summer time, and, if I might actually have my approach, their current Whoop import characteristic would permit importing of exterior coronary heart fee sources (proper now, they ignore the info), which might actually repair the primary outlier points that also exist from an accuracy standpoint on the Whoop 4.0 band (it’s much better than 3.0, however nonetheless not good in sure sport varieties).

Heck, possibly we’ll finally even see a correct API, permitting Strava-like integrations from third celebration builders. Both on the hobbyist degree or the corporate degree, each of which might probably solely serve to extend stickiness from Whoop customers, who are sometimes closely invested within the platform (both monetarily or interest-wise).

With that, thanks for studying!

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