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Why You Should Set up Medical ID on Your iPhone

Posted on November 12th, 2015 by

Set up Medical ID on iPhone with iOS Health app

Did you know that you can set up something called a "Medical ID" on your iPhone?

This can be accessed even while the phone is locked by clicking on the emergency options, and it can display things like name, date of birth (DOB), emergency contacts, medical conditions, and even blood type!

It can be managed by clicking on the little "Health" app that comes default on the iPhone.

The Medical ID is important because, in case of an emergency, medical responders can look at your phone and know any allergies or medical conditions you have and know who to contact for you without unlocking your phone.

How to set up your Medical ID with iOS Health app

How to Set up Medical ID on iPhone

The Medical ID feature is built into the iOS Health app on your iPhone. To create a Medical ID, access the Health app on your iPhone, and then press “Create Medical ID.”

Ensure that you have “Show When Locked” turned on, so that emergency personnel can access the information even when your phone is locked. When enabled, your Medical ID can be viewed even when your iPhone is locked by tapping Emergency > Medical ID.

Medical ID "Show When Locked" emergency access

There are places for you to include a picture of yourself, your name, DOB, any medical conditions, medical notes, allergies and reactions, medications, emergency contacts, your blood type, whether or not you are an organ donor, and your height and weight.

After entering this information, simply press on the Done button in the upper right hand corner to save it. Once you have set up your Medical ID, you can always go back and make changes at any time through your iPhone's Health app.

In case of an emergency...

People will still not be able to access your iPhone without entering your passcode, nor can they make calls using your phone. Furthermore, the information you add to your Medical ID is not included in your Health Data or shared with other apps.

However, if someone has your iPhone and taps on “Emergency” on the same screen where you normally enter your passcode, they will be able to call 911 for emergencies, or they can press “Medical ID” in the lower left corner, and it will display your medical information. Here the person can call the people you listed in case of an emergency.

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  • lepton

    But will the EMTs know how to view this? It’s not completely obvious, especially when on the first lock screen, which unlike the PIN screen gives no clue as to this.

    • Br. Bill

      It won’t take long before this information is commonly known amongst emergency officials.