This past weekend I updated the Medical ID details on my phone in case something bad ever happened to allow first responders to better understand my health needs and know who to contact to report anything that’s happened or for more information.

It’s important to keep your phone up to date, not only could it save your life in an accident but it might even help to get your phone returned to you if lost.

It’s easy to add in information and contacts that can be easily accessed by someone without accessing your phone past the security you have in place.

On iPhone head to the Health app and tap on your profile picture in the top right corner.  From here you can tap on Health Details and fill in any relevant information then go back and tap on Medical ID and add in any information that might help you if you’re in unresponsive in an emergency.  For example list any medications you’re on, any allergies.  I also list details about my pet at home in case something happens and I am unable to get back to him, it will alert someone to his existence so he will be looked after.  You can also include any contacts you want made available to first responders.  On iPhone if you use Emergency SOS it will also send a text message with your location to your emergency contacts.  You can find out more about Emergency SOS on Apple’s support site here.

Android phones do not have a built in Medical ID function however using third party apps you can enable medical information to be accessible from your lock screen in a similar way.  You can find some information by searching “Android Medical ID” or have a read of this article.  Some Android phones also have an Emergency SOS function but it differs slightly between manufacturers, you should search for more information and familiarise yourself with how to use the feature after turning it on.

Hopefully you never need to use any of these functions on your mobile, but it’s good to know they are there in case the worst happens and you never know, having this may save your life.




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