I find it a little ironic that in this post I'm imparting knowledge about mobile phone technology. Those who know me know that, despite often being glued to my mobile, I am a total luddite who is happiest with using a landline, preferably one with big buttons (as I am a half blind luddite at that). In fact I think I'd be happiest if all phones still looked something like this:


But I digress. Recently, I found out a little trick that an old style phone could never be capable of. And it's brilliant.

Did you know that you can you can record your 'Medical ID' (ie your emergency contact details such as name, birthdate, medical conditions and emergency contacts) on your iphone and that these details can be accessed even when your phone is locked?! Imagine how useful that would be if (heaven forbid) you were ever in an emergency situation - or needed to help someone else?

Here's how to access this nifty iphone feature.

First - find the 'Health' app (that should come standard with your iphone).

Then, populate the 'Medical ID' section (located on the bottom right hand corner once you click into the app). 

The key here is to make sure you enable 'Show When Locked' so that if you are in an emergency situation, someone can access these details for you even if your phone is locked. You can choose to add as many or as few details as you wish, which is great if you are concerned about privacy. Specifically, you can add any (or all) of the following details:

  • Name
  • Birthdate
  • Medical Conditions
  • Medical Notes
  • Allergies & Reactions
  • Medications
  • Emergency Contact details
  • Blood Type
  • Organ Donor
  • Weight
  • Height


I imagine that this feature would invaluable if you have a medical condition or allergy. 

And to access a 'Medical ID' while an iphone is locked, provided the "Show When Locked" has been enabled, you just hit 'Emergency' on the bottom left of the locked 'Enter Passcode' screen, and then hit 'Medical ID' on the bottom left of the 'Emergency Call' screen.

So there you have it. I hope you never need to use this. But just incase - it might just save a life.

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