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Getting Started with Calibrate Guide

Find the Apple Health app on your iPhone (it will already be installed on your phone’s home screen). 

If you can’t find the Apple Health app on your home screen, you can find it in the App Library. Swipe to the left to move to the last page of apps, then swipe one more time to find the App Library. Type “Apple Health” in the search bar at the top or scroll down to “Health & Fitness” to find the Apple Health app.

Please make sure you have the latest version of the app downloaded on your iPhone. Click here for instructions on how to manually update apps on your phone.

Download the Calibrate app from the Apple App Store and then launch the app:

Calibrate app

You’ll enter your baseline waist circumference in the Calibrate app. When you log in to the app, you’ll find on-screen instructions explaining how to measure and enter each metric. You can also find detailed guides for each step here.

  • You will need to give permission, at the bottom of the screen, to sync your Activity Tracker to the Apple Health app to automatically track activity and sleep. Once you see the automatic trackers screen, follow the instructions to connect your Apple Health account to the Calibrate app
  • You will see the app connecting to HealthKit.
  • Tap to turn all categories on. 
  • If you don’t want to turn on all categories, make sure you’re syncing at least the following: sleep and steps.
  • Tap to allow (located in the upper right corner).
  • Wait as you will see the Calibrate app connecting to the Apple Health app.
  • Once the sync is complete, the app will advance to the next step in the setup process.

If you’re already using a digital activity band or app to track your sleep, just make sure to sync it to Apple Health.

If you plan to use another device that does not connect to your Apple Health, you can manually enter your reading into the Calibrate app. You can start to manually track your hours of sleep as soon as you begin your program.  

If you’re currently not using anything to track your sleep, download a sleep tracker app of your choice and connect it to Apple Health. Here are a few that we recommend:

Sleep Cycle app (our general recommendation)

We recommend the Sleep Cycle app because it’s free, easy to use, and proven to be generally accurate (even though it only uses your phone’s microphone to analyze your sleep patterns). To set up Sleep Cycle, follow these instructions:

  • Make sure you have both the Calibrate and Apple Health apps set up and connected.
  • Download the Sleep Cycle app and follow the on-screen instructions to set up an account. (Click “Skip” at the bottom of the screen to proceed with the free version of the app. You do not need the paid version for Calibrate.)
  • Connect Sleep Cycle to Apple Health by navigating to the Profile section and then clicking ‘Settings.’
  • You’re now connected!

You can start tracking your sleep right away by placing your phone with the Sleep Cycle app open near you as you sleep. Your sleep data will be sent to Calibrate daily. We will start discussing sleep in week 4 of the Calibrate program, but you can start tracking now!

Sleep Watch app (our recommendation for Apple Watch users)

If you upgrade to the most recent version of the Apple Watch software, watchOS7 (debuted in June 2020), then you should have sleep tracking already available through the Sleep app. If you open the app and enable tracking via the onscreen instructions, you’ll start tracking your sleep.

Sleep Watch app or the Pillow app
(our recommendations for more advanced sleep tracking or for older operating systems)

Both are easy to use and set up after downloading them from the App Store onto your device and following the on-screen instructions.

Other alternatives

You can also track manually by just logging how much you sleep each day directly in the Calibrate app. You can start to manually track your hours of sleep as soon as you begin your program.

  • Allow the Calibrate app to notify you with reminders to track your daily metrics, alerts, and messages from our Medical, Support, and Coaching team. 
  • Select [Allow Notifications] to grant those permissions.

If you don't see your steps and/or sleep syncing automatically with the Calibrate app, please follow these steps:

  • Open the Apple Health app 
  • Tap your profile icon in the top right
  • Tap the apps button under the privacy section
  • Find and tap “Calibrate”
  • Verify that “sleep” and “steps” categories are turned on

Congratulations, you’ve completed setting up the Calibrate app. You can now begin to track your weight daily with the Withings smart scale you received in your Welcome Kit. To connect your smart scale with the Calibrate app, follow instructions provided in your Welcome Kit, or click here.

Weighing yourself daily will allow you to see the impact of the changes you’re making and will help your Calibrate team to determine how to optimize the program to work best for you. It’s especially important to have your smart scale synced right away, as your Calibrate doctor will use your starting weight to help design your program. 

It’s best to weigh yourself every day, first thing in the morning (it’s okay if you go to the bathroom before) and without clothes. If you notice fluctuations in your weight day to day, don’t worry, it’s normal. There are a number of causes for these changes, including fluid intake and activity level.

Tracking is an important part of your Calibrate program because we believe that what you can measure, you can change. What you track becomes the data that your Medical Team uses to adjust your medication and the inputs that you and your coach use to personalize your goals. With these trackers, you can see how even the earliest habit change can impact other aspects of your metabolic health. Check out our How and Why We Track Guide to learn more.

Your data and information are important, private, and protected. Your numbers are uploaded to our secure healthcare platform, where they can only be viewed by you, the Calibrate Medical Team, your Coaching Team, and our Support Team. This information is stored and used in accordance with our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.