Set up emergency contacts on your smartphone in case an emergency arises.
Phone locking has proved to be very beneficial for every smartphone user lately. It protects our phones from unauthorized access and keeps our confidential information secure in a world where hackers are on the rampage, perpetrating many fraudulent activities.
Some prefer to lock their smartphones with PASSWORD (i.e. a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols), PIN, or PATTERN drawing. With the advent of advanced technologies, users can further protect their devices with either fingerprint or face unlock.
While these security features are essential and helpful, there is also a negative side that could become a big problem. For example, during an emergency situation where one is involved in a serious accident and becomes unconscious. There have been many occasions where a patient is left in the hospital for weeks simply because there’s no way to unlock their phone or reach any of their relatives. In this kind of scenario, phone locking does more harm than good.
But what if there’s a feature on every Smartphone that could enable one’s phone contacts to be accessed during an emergency situation without having to tamper with their personal files? It would be cool, wouldn’t it?
Well, the good news is that it is possible to do so now. And the bad news? No bad news.
In this short tutorial, I’m going to show you how you can set up emergency contacts and other medical information on your smartphone that could be useful to emergency health workers in the case of an emergency, without having to unlock your phone or gain unauthorized access to your phone.
Follow the steps below;
For iPhone Devices
• Open the Health app and tap your profile picture.
• Tap Medical ID.
• Tap Edit, then scroll to Emergency Contacts.
• Tap the add button to add an emergency contact.
• Tap a contact, then add their relationship.
• Tap Done to save your changes.
For Samsung Devices
• Open your Contact App and tap your profile picture
• Tap Edit at the bottom bar
• Scroll down to emergency medical information
• Fill in emergency medical information about you such as your blood type, allergies, and current medications you’re taking.
• Add contacts from your contact list as your emergency contacts
• Tap “Save” after you have entered all necessary information
For other Android devices, settings may vary depending on the version of Android running on your phone.
- Open your Contact App
- Tap “Me” on your Contact List
- Tap “edit”
- Fill in your emergency medical information
- Save when done
Another method of adding emergency contacts on your android phone is through your lock screen. On the lock screen, tap “emergency call” then tap “emergency contacts” and follow the steps to set up emergency contacts on your android phone.
To test if your setup is correct, lock your phone, then press the power button to wake the screen but do not unlock your phone.
Tap “emergency call” on your lock screen and you should see the list of the contacts you saved as emergency contacts. Tap any of them and your phone will call the contact immediately.
There you can also see the emergency medical information that you already filled in.
Alternatively, you also choose to leave a simple message on your lock screen with contact information in case your phone is lost. To do this, open the Settings app and tap “security and location”. Next to “screen lock,” tap on “settings” then tap on “lock screen message”. Enter the contact info and tap “Save”.
This information will be very helpful to emergency responders in the case of someone who may be unconscious during an emergency situation.
By setting up this information on your phone, you can be sure that your family or relatives will be contacted if such a situation arises. No one is praying for such, but it can happen at any time.
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