Perhaps the most important feature of emergency information is medical identification. As the name suggests, this function allows you to enter all your medical information. You can include your names, weight and height, ID number, blood type, list of medications you are taking, date of birth, medical notes, and any allergies you may have. The number of types of information you can enter varies among phone manufacturers, but the idea remains the same.
Medical ID can be viewed by anyone without unlocking your phone. The idea behind this, of course, is that if you're in distress, you'll need someone else's help. For example, let's say someone breaks down in public and you try to help them. If that person has their medical ID set up, and of course you know the feature, you can pull out their phone, verify who they are, and get important medical information like their blood type, which will be important to 911 emergency dispatchers.
What medical ID looks like on iPhone
The option of medical identification could also be very useful for people with special needs, people who tend to get lost. These people could be your parents and grandparents, if they have reached a certain age. People with mental illnesses and other types of people with special needs are also likely to get lost or have an episode where they can't tell you who they are and if they have a problem. Children often have problems too. If they need help from a stranger, you can't expect them to tell them right away if they have any allergies or their blood type, especially with children under 10. years.
You might be wondering which parent could let their child go so far that they might need the help of a stranger. But the children will be children. They are easily distracted and are not good at following the rules. You can be the best parent in the world and your child could still be in trouble. This is why I suggest that you also put the child's address in the medical notes on their phone.
Speaking of children, this next option might be the most important for them. Do you know how you can still call 911 from any phone, even locked? Well, with the emergency information, you can put other phone numbers accessible without unlocking the phone. This feature is configured in the same settings as Medical ID and can help a lot of people.
If again the owner of the phone is in distress, if they can't explain to you what the problem is, you can call any of these numbers from their phone. The numbers show up as contacts, so you can see if you're calling someone's mom or their friend, as long as those numbers are there.
Emergency calls are also very useful if you have lost your phone. When someone finds it, they can easily contact any of the contacts you have given access to. Of course, it all depends on who finds your phone and what their intentions are.
As someone whose brother has lost his phone twice, with emergency contacts set up, I can tell you both times no one called to call the phone back. This could be attributed to the fact that not many people are familiar with these features, and that is why I am sharing them with you.
This feature is becoming more and more popular as many brands of phones are starting to add it to their user interface. Emergency SOS is an easily accessible feature on the iPhone by holding or clicking a few buttons. This triggers the special mode, which automatically calls your emergency hotline, then sends your location and emergency status to the contacts you choose for emergencies.
After that, your phone will automatically display your medical ID and disable your face or fingerprint unlock, only accepting your PIN / password for unlocking.
If you are a fan of thrillers and real crime, and you wonder if one day you could be taken hostage, then Emergency SOS will put you at ease.
Make sure to use Emergency SOS only in an emergency.
How to activate emergency information on iPhone?
Here's what you need to do to set up Medical ID and Emergency Contacts on iPhone:
- Go to the Apple Health app.
- Once you're there, click on your image, which is in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Then click on Medical Identification
- Click on Edit
- Add your information
- Choose your emergency contacts and what is your relationship with them
- Turn on the Show when locked toggle to show your contacts when your iPhone is locked
- Press the Done button.
Now anyone can see all of your medical information and emergency contacts without unlocking your iPhone. To do this, just try to unlock your device with an upward swipe, then press the emergency button in the lower left corner of the screen, then choose Emergency again.
Here is what you need to do to activate side button call and automatic emergency call:
- Go to settings
- Select Emergency SOS
- Activate the call switch with the side button
- Activate automatic call switching
Here are two ways to enter Emergency SOS mode after activating the previous options:
- Press and hold the power button and one of the volume buttons for 5 seconds
- Click the power button 5 times in a row
This will automatically call your country's emergency dispatch hotline, then report and send your location to your emergency contacts, after which your iPhone will display your medical ID.
Note that on iPhone 7 and older models, you can only activate Emergency SOS mode by clicking the power button 5 times.
You can also enter Emergency SOS mode on any iPhone by holding the same combination of buttons you hold to turn off your phone, then slide the Emergency SOS slider to activate the mode.
How to activate emergency information on Android?
Here's what you need to do to set up your medical information and emergency contacts on Android: (note that this process may vary with different user interfaces)
- Go to settings
- Select the system
- Select About phone
- Select Emergency Information
- Click Add Info
- Fill your information
- Select Add contact
- Select the desired contact
- Repeat to add another contact
Like on iPhones, anyone can now see your health information and call your emergency contacts without unlocking your Android phone. To do this, just swipe up to unlock, click the Emergency button at the bottom of the screen, click the Emergency Info button at the top of the screen and you are there. You can do the same by holding the power button, selecting Emergency, and following the rest of the steps.
How to activate emergency information on Samsung?
Samsung has always done things a little differently when it comes to its user interface. Setting emergency information is no exception.
Here is what you need to do to set up your medical information and emergency contacts on a Samsung phone:
- Go to Contacts
- Click on the section with your phone number called Me
- Click on Medical Info
- Fill your information
- Click on Emergency Contacts
- Click on the Modify button
- Add your desired emergency contacts
Samsung phones also have Emergency SOS, like the iPhone. Here's how to activate it:
- Go to settings
- Go to Advanced Features
- Select Send SOS Messages, which is at the bottom of the menu
- Activate the toggle
- Select your emergency contacts
- Select the emergency contact to automatically call
- Turn on the Attach Images toggle
- Activate the Attach audio recording toggle
There is also an option for your Samsung Galaxy phone to automatically send audio recordings and images from your phone's front and back camera to your contacts when Emergency SOS is activated. To enable these features, go to Send SOS messages and turn on the toggles for Attach pictures and Attach audio recording.
To enter Emergency SOS mode on your Samsung Galaxy phone, click the power button three times in a row. This will send your selected contacts your location, audio recording and photos in real time. Note that the Samsung version of Emergency SOS does not call 911.