Set Emergency Contacts for Your Locked iPhone

Set Emergency Contacts for Your Locked iPhone

No matter how careful you are, accidents happen. And if you ever find yourself in trouble, and you have no way to unlock your iPhone, the person who wants to help you can access your emergency contacts from your lock screen’s Medical ID page.


This allows emergency personnel to call your contacts from your phone so they might actually answer! As opposed to a call from an unknown number. 


To add emergency contact, you have to set-up your Medical ID first. This would also help the first responders assist you if you have certain medical conditions that should be addressed. 


To set-up your Medical ID and add emergency contact, follow these easy steps:

  1. Launch the Health app (white icon with a red heart – it’s installed by default on all iphones)
  2. Tap your profile picture in the upper-right corner.
  3. Under Medical Details, tap Medical ID.
  4. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner.
  5. To make your Medical ID available from the Lock screen on your iPhone, turn on Show When Locked. 
  6. Enter health information like your date of birth, allergies, and blood type.
  7. Scroll to Emergency Contacts.
  8. Tap the Plus button next to “add emergency contact.” Tap a contact, then add their relationship. Repeat the process until all of your emergency contacts have been added.
  9. To remove an emergency contact, tap the Delete button next to the contact, then tap Delete.
  10. Tap Done.

Once your emergency contact has been set-up, there is another feature in your iPhone called Emergency SOS. If triggered, it will automatically call your area’s emergency services department and notify your emergency contacts.


Be sure to align the contacts you select with your Advance Health Care Directive – if you need help with one of those legal documents be sure to reach out to us! 


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