You probably have set up a Facebook, Instagram or Twitter profile, but have you set up a Medical ID on your iPhone or Apple Watch? Taking just a few minutes to create your Medical ID could be a life-saving decision.
iPhone and Apple Watch users should set up a Medical ID on their devices because it gives first responders instant access to critical medical information and emergency contacts from either the iPhone Lock screen or the side button on Apple Watch –– without requiring a passcode.
With a Medical ID, first responders have instant access to your medical conditions, medical notes, allergies, medications, blood type, height, weight and emergency contacts.
If you're visiting the United States from abroad or you're a permanent resident in the U.S., but prefer to keep your iPhone in your native language –– just enter your medical information in English. This way, first responders will be able to access your Medical ID (the procedure is the same in every language) and read your Medical ID in English.
In this post, I'm going to show you how to set up your Medical ID on iPhone and Apple Watch, using iOS 11.
How to Setup Your Medical ID
iPhone (iOS 11)
- Tap Health App > Medical ID > Create Medical ID
- Make sure "Show When Locked" is enabled. This setting will make your Medical ID accessible from the Lock screen.
- Add Legal Name
- Add Date of Birth
- Add any Medical Conditions
- Add any Medical Notes
- Add any Allergies & Reactions
- Add any Medications
- Add Blood Type
- Select an Organ Donor option. To learn about organ donation, select Register with Donate Life.
- Add Weight
- Add Height
- Add Emergency Contacts
- Select your relationship to the Emergency Contact
- Add additional Emergency Contacts
- Tap done
Apple Watch (iOS 11)
If you have an Apple Watch paired with your iPhone, your Medical ID will be synced after you've set it up on your iPhone. Any edits you make on your iPhone in the future will be updated to your Apple Watch.
Adding Parents as Emergency Contacts
Before adding parents as Emergency Contacts, ensure you've properly entered them into the Contacts app with their first and last names –– not Mom and Dad. Otherwise, they'll be listed in your Medical ID as "mother - Mom" and "father - Dad."
Editing Your Medical ID
To edit your Medical ID or add/remove Emergency Contacts, tap Health App > Medical ID > Edit.
How First Responders Access Medical IDs on iPhone and Apple Watch
iPhone (iOS 11)
If a first responder needs to access a Medical ID from the iPhone Lock screen, he/she'll tap the Home Button > Emergency > Medical ID. To call a contact, he/she'll choose from the list of Emergency Contacts > iPhone will place the call.
Once a first responder taps the Medical ID from your iPhone's Lock screen, the next time you try to unlock your phone, you'll be prompted to re-enter your password.
Apple Watch (iOS 11)
If a first responder needs to access a Medical ID from Apple Watch, he/she'll press and hold the side button > Drag the Medical ID slider to the right. To call a contact, he/she'll choose from the list of Emergency Contacts > Apple Watch will place the call.
To place calls from Apple Watch, the watch must be paired and connected to Wi-Fi or have a cellular connection.
How to Backup Your iPhone Medical ID
To backup your Medical ID - backup your iPhone with iCloud. If you don't use iCloud, backup your iPhone with iTunes by checking "Encrypt iPhone backup." When enabling encryption, you'll be prompted to create a password to protect your backup. To generate strong passwords, use an app like 1Password (Mac) (iOS) (Windows) [affiliate link].
You just learned how to set up your Medical ID on iPhone and Apple Watch, using iOS 11. After you set up your Medical ID, show your family members how to set up theirs, too. It could be a life-saving decision.
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Why iPhone and Apple Watch Users Should to Setup a Medical ID first appeared on the Culture Gaps Blog by Jeff Shibasaki.
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