Setting up your Medical ID on the iPhone

Medical ID

One of the lesser known but very important features of Apple’s iOS 8 and newly released iOS 9’s mobile operating system is a digital “Medical ID,” which can provide important personal health related information in the event of an emergency. Apple’s iPhone Medical ID is an enhanced version of ICE that not only provides emergency contact information, but can also inform first responders and medical personnel of important health information such as your medications, medical conditions, allergies, and more. Here’s how to set up Medical ID on your iPhone.


Step 1.

Open the Health app on your iPhone.

Step 2.

Tap on Medical ID menu at the bottom of the screen and then tap on “Edit” on the top of your screen.


Step 3.

Go ahead and fill in your important medical info, name, allergies, important contacts, organ donor, etc. iPhone users with a passcode-locked iPhone can consider enabling the “Show When Locked” function, providing first responders or anyone else with emergency access to their Medical ID. Once you are done inputting all your important health information, tap on “Done” on the top of your screen.

Step 4.

Enabling “Show When Locked” feature allows the Medical ID to be viewed by swiping the lock screen, tapping “Emergency”

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