How to add Emergency Information to Your Phones Lock Screen.
In Case of Emergency or ICE – did you know you can enter this information on your smartphone and be able to access it without unlocking the phone? Its important and something we all should do. Especially kids heading off to school and everyone in general. You never know what’s going to happen. And what do we all have in common these days – A SMARTPHONE of one variety or another.
Now is a great time to make sure everyone in your family has their ICE information accessible without having to unlock the phone.
Here are a few different ways to add ICE to your phone.
ICE ON IPHONE:
If you have an iPhone, you can make the ICE information accessible to anyone from the lock screen.
- Open the Apple Health App, which is installed on all IOS devices running IOS 8 and later. This app can’t be uninstalled
- Tap on Medical ID in the bottom right corner
- Tap create Medical ID
- At the very top make sure that Show When Locked is turned on to GREEN. Fill in as much information that is relevant to you. If you have no known allergies or medications still write NONE or NONE KNOWN so a medical professional won’t assume you have overlooked this field.
- Make sure you assign at least one person as your emergency contact person. You must save that person’s name and phone number in your contacts app for the Health app to be able to include it.
- Hit Save and Done.
Now here is how to test it to make sure it worked and to make sure you know how to find someone else’s ICE information if you ever need to. Lock your phone. Now wake it up but don’t unlock it. When the passcode screen comes up you will see Emergency at the top. Press it. A new screen will appear with a keypad to call an emergency number as well as MEDICAL ID in the bottom left. Press MEDICAL ID and you will see your information appear with a phone number icon that when press will automatically dial your ICE contact.
ICE ON ANDROID
Depending on which phone you have and which version of Android you are running, you might have an emergency contact feature in your phones setting. Check that first.
From the passcode screen you will see Emergency up the top. Press this and it will prompt you to add your passcode. After you have added your passcode you can add your emergency contacts and your medical information. This will be slightly different depending on the version of Android you are running, but is basically the same. Once you have entered it, an emergency responder can simply click on the EMERGENCY icon to call your contacts and see your medical information.
ICE ON BLACKBERRY
On a blackberry 10 device, the best way to add ICE information is by saving it as a note on your lock screen.
- Swipe down from the top to pull up the home screen menu
- Select settings
- Choose Security and Privacy, the lock screen
- Choose Lock Screen message. You will see two fields where you can enter the name of a contact. I recommend putting ICE before the name and phone number, or any other medical information you might want to share, such as medical conditions and allergies. Keep your notes short and sweet, as you have limited space.
In conclusion, just google your own phone to find out how to put ICE information on your phone. Android phones are all different. I have a google phone and it is on the lock screen. Easy. The Samsungs are all different again. The main thing is to have the information there in case something happens and it could save your life.