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How to Setup Medical ID and Customise the SOS Feature on iPhone and Apple Watch


You may have noticed an application on your phone called Medical ID. Once it’s set up, this app can be accessed even while the phone is locked by clicking on the emergency options, and it’s able to display things like your name, date of birth, emergency contacts, medical conditions, and even your blood type.

You can manage this by clicking on the Health application that comes default on the iPhone. Medical ID is important because, in case of an emergency, medical responders can take a look at the application and see if you have any allergies or medical conditions and know who to contact for you without unlocking your phone.

The information that you add to your Medical ID isn’t put into your Health Data or shared with any other apps. However, if somebody gets their hands on 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. They’ll also be able to press “Medical ID” in the lower left corner, and it will display your medical information. The person will then be able to call the people you have listed in case of an emergency.

Setting Up Medical ID on Your iPhone

Apple’s official instructions are very straightforward on this matter,

1. Open Health and tap Medical ID > Edit.
2. Enter your emergency contacts and health information like your birth date, height, and blood type.
3. Turn on Show When Locked to make your Medical ID available from the Lock screen. In an emergency, this gives people who want to help some important information, like the emergency contacts that you’ve entered.
4. When you’re finished, tap Done.

Customizing the SOS Settings for the Apple Watch

Rather than rapid side button clicks for SOS, like on the iPhone, the Apple Watch has a few options. Users can choose between an auto SOS call by pressing and holding the side button, or pressing and holding the side button until they see a power off screen, and then use the SOS slider.

The auto SOS call function is turned on by default but can be changed by opening the Apple Watch app, tapping on General > Emergency SOS, then Toggle off Hold for Auto Call.

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