Emergency Health Information on your Mobile Phone
We all hope it never happens but medical emergencies are a scary fact of life. Take some of the fear out of uncertainty by being as prepared as possible. Set up your emergency health information on your mobile phone so that, should an emergency arise, first responders can access the vital information that could make a difference and contact your family asap.
To set up Medical ID on your Apple iPhone
- Open the Health All recent iPhones come with this app preinstalled.
- At the bottom of the app’s home screen, you’ll see four different options. Tap on the far right bottom option “Medical ID” to get started.
- You’ll then be prompted to create your own Medical ID. In this process, you’ll see the Show When Locked option, which will let anyone access your Medical ID, even if your iPhone is locked in case of an emergency. Be sure to select this option.
- Add as much relevant medical information as you can, as well as emergency contacts. If you can’t remember your blood type or other details, you can always go back in and complete it later but at least get it started.
- When finished, tap Done at the top right corner of the screen. Your Medical ID is now accessible.
To Access Medical ID on a Locked iPhone
- To access Medical ID from a locked iPhone in case of an emergency, try to unlock the phone by swiping the screen or pushing the home button.
- At this point, you should see an Emergency button displayed. Tap it to be taken to the Emergency Call There, at the bottom left corner, you will see the Medical ID button.
- Tapping on it will reveal the user’s Medical ID.
To Set up Medical ID on an Android phone
- Depending on which phone you have and which version of Android you’re running, items can be located in different areas. Regardless, you should have an emergency contact feature in your phone’s settings. Look around because the details might even be under a submenu, such as My Information. In the images below, you can see that a Google Pixel user would have to go to the Settings page, then tap on the Users menu in order to find the Emergency information.
- Should you not be able to find an emergency contact listing within the phone’s own settings, there are apps you can download for adding ICE (In Case of Emergency) info. From a first responders’ perspective, however, it is essential that you have one with a widget that is always accessible from the phone’s lock screen.
- Try this free app. Medical ID (Free) – ICE
To Access a Medical ID from a Locked Android phone
- Again, depending on which phone you have and which version of Android you’re running, access will be different. On many Android phones, the Emergency button is at the top of the home screen. Get to know where it is on your phone and show your family members if necessary, because they may be unfamiliar with it. On the Nexus or Google Pixel, for example, once you have swiped the screen up to unlock the phone, the Emergency button you need to tap is at the bottom centre of the screen (see images below).
- If you have installed an app specific to ICE, that widget should be accessible from the locked home screen.
You may think it will never happen to you but, we believe in ‘warding off the evil demons’ by being prepared just in case! Set up your ICE today!
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