How to Set Up and Access Medical ID on iPhone

With features like Emergency SOS, Crash Detection, and more, Apple Watch aims to help save lives. However, these lifesaving features aren’t just limited to the Apple Watch. Even the iPhone offers similar features to help protect you and your loved ones in the event of an accident or medical emergency.

Medical ID is the new feature for storing medical details and emergency contacts on your iPhone. These details are quickly accessible to first responders and medical personnel during emergencies. Easy access to these important details could help someone save your life. So here is a guide on how to set up and access Medical ID on your iPhone.

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How to set up a Medical ID on iPhone

Apple includes the Medical ID feature in the Health app and you’ll need to use it to add your medical data. Here’s how to easily set up a Medical ID using the Health app on your iPhone:

NB: The method for setting up a Medical ID is different on iPhones with iOS 12 or earlier. Follow our guide to setting up a Medical ID on iPhones with earlier iOS versions.

Step 1: Go to the App Library or Spotlight on your iPhone and find the Health app. Then tap on its icon to open it.

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If you’ve uninstalled the Health app from your iPhone, you’ll need to use the Settings app and look for the Health data section to set up your Medical ID. Then, you can continue from step 4.

Step 2: Inside the Health app, tap on your profile picture located in the top right corner.

Step 3: From the list of options that appears, tap Medical ID.

The fourth step: On the medical ID page, press the start button.

Fifth step: Type your full name and tap the green ‘+’ icons, followed by the text fields to add relevant medical details. You can also click the Add Photo option to add your photo to your Medical ID.

Sixth step: After adding your medical information, click on the Add Emergency Contact option to set an emergency contact.

Seventh step: Make sure the Show When Locked toggle is enabled. This will help anyone view your medical details from your iPhone’s lock screen.

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With the Medical ID set up, let’s take a look at how to display a Medical ID to someone in the event of a medical emergency.

How to access Medical ID from iPhone lock screen

Apple iOS offers two ways someone can access a Medical ID on iPhones without unlocking them.

1. Access Medical ID from the lock screen

Apple makes it easy for anyone to quickly access the Medical ID on their iPhones right from their Lock screen. Swipe up on the lock screen and tap the Emergency option located under the passcode keypad, followed by Medical ID. Here’s how you can do the same on any iPhone.

Step 1: Press the Power button to get to the lock screen. Then swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

Step 2: Click on the emergency option located in the lower left corner.

Step 3: When the emergency call dialer appears on your screen, tap on the Medical ID option in the lower left corner.

This will reveal the necessary medical details.

Besides the screen lock, iOS also provides easy access to the Medical ID from the iPhone’s power menu. To use this method, press and hold one of the volume buttons and the power button to access the iPhone’s power menu. When you see the Slide to Off Button screen, there will be an option for Medical ID above the emergency call.

Swipe your finger from left to right over the Medical ID slider to access medical details. It’s a good idea to show your family and children how to get there.

Setting up a Medical ID with emergency contacts and medical details on your iPhone can help you in stressful situations. First responders and medical personnel can see it to give you the right and accurate treatment. Additionally, you can help your friends and family set up a Medical ID on their iPhone to ensure their safety.

Android phones also have a similar feature, but it is referred to as Emergency Info. Check out our guide on setting up emergency information on Android.


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