How to Set Up Emergency Contacts on iPhone

Alicia Santos

iPhone, Tutorials

Are you aware that there is a feature on your iPhone that allows you to set up emergency contacts? This can be extremely helpful in times of crisis or when you need immediate assistance. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of setting up emergency contacts on your iPhone.

Step 1: Open the Health App

The first step is to locate and open the Health app on your iPhone. The Health app is a pre-installed app that comes with every iPhone and is represented by a white icon with a red heart in the center.

Step 2: Set Up Your Medical ID

In order to add emergency contacts, you need to set up your Medical ID within the Health app. Your Medical ID contains important medical information that can be accessed even when your iPhone is locked.

  1. Open the Health app and tap on the “Medical ID” tab located at the bottom right corner of the screen.
  2. Tap on “Edit” at the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Fill out your personal information such as name, date of birth, medical conditions, allergies, and medications. This information can be crucial for medical professionals in case of an emergency.

Step 3: Adding Emergency Contacts

Once you have set up your Medical ID, it’s time to add your emergency contacts. These are the people who will be contacted in case of an emergency situation.

  1. Scroll down to the “Emergency Contacts” section within the Medical ID screen.
  2. Tap on “Add Emergency Contact.

  3. Select a contact from your phone’s contact list by tapping on their name. If the desired contact is not listed, you can tap on “Create New Contact” to add a new one.
  4. Choose the relationship you have with the emergency contact from the list of options provided.
  5. Tap “Done” to save your emergency contact.

Step 4: Configuring Emergency Access

In addition to setting up emergency contacts, you can also allow access to your Medical ID information from the lock screen. This can be useful in situations where someone else needs to access your medical information on your behalf.

  1. Go back to the main Medical ID screen within the Health app.
  2. Scroll down and toggle on the option that says “Show When Locked.”

Step 5: Test Your Emergency Contacts

It’s always a good idea to test if your emergency contacts are set up correctly. You can do this by using the Emergency SOS feature on your iPhone:

  1. Press and hold either the side button and one of the volume buttons (iPhone X or newer) or just the side button (iPhone 8 or older) until the Emergency SOS slider appears.
  2. Drag the Emergency SOS slider to make an emergency call.
  3. Your iPhone will automatically call emergency services and send a message with your location information to your emergency contacts.

Congratulations! You have successfully set up emergency contacts on your iPhone. Now, in times of need, help is just a few taps away!

Note: It’s important to regularly update your Medical ID information and review your emergency contacts to ensure their accuracy and relevance. Additionally, it’s crucial that you inform your chosen emergency contacts about their role and make sure they are available and willing to assist in case of an emergency.

Final Thoughts

Setting up emergency contacts on your iPhone is a simple yet essential task that can provide you with peace of mind. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you have taken a proactive step towards ensuring your safety and the safety of those around you. Remember, emergencies can happen at any time, so it’s always good to be prepared!

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