There have been many campaigns over the years to encourage us to mark the names of our nearest and dearest in our mobile phone address books with the letters ICE. This stands for In Case of Emergency, and the idea is that if anything happens to you, the emergency services can contact your loved ones by being able to easily identify them in your contacts list. Now this is all very well, but what happens when your phone has a security lock to prevent unauthorised access? The most recent versions of iOS on the iPhone have very strongly encouraged the setting of a security PIN to protect your phone, which scuppers any benefit of having ICE contacts in your address book. But with the release of iOS version 8, Apple have provided a solution for that. You can enter emergency medical information via the Health app which is then accessible from your lock screen without having to input the PIN.
Given that I’ve only just found out how to do this myself I thought I would share a handy step by step guide in case anyone else hasn’t found this useful feature yet.
Step 1: Open the Health app on your iPhone
Step 2: Tap the “Medical ID” option in the bottom right corner
Step 4: You’ll now be presented with a black medical ID form. The first thing to do is to make sure that the “Show When Locked” option is enabled. This will make all the information you enter on your Medical ID Form available from the “Emergency” section of your iPhone lock screen (accessible without entering a passcode)
Step 5: Now fill out as many details as you wish in the Medical ID form. I’d recommend adding at least one emergency contact, and any other pertinent information
Step 7: When you’ve added as many details as you wish, tap “Done” at the top right hand side of the screen and you are all finished.
Now your medical ID can be accessed via the “Emergency” option on your iPhone’s lock screen:
Tapping the “Medical ID” option at the bottom left hand side of the screen brings up your medical ID, and allows someone who doesn’t know your passcode to call your emergency contacts, should they need to (phone numbers blanked out to protect the innocent in my screenshot, on the normal screen the numbers are visible):