Set up your medical ID and SOS contact on your phone.

"Medical ID" gives first responders access to your important medical data from the access screen, without the need for your passcode. For example, they will see information about allergies and other conditions, and see who to contact in an emergency.

Below you can read step by step how to set up a medical ID on your iPhone or Android smartphone.

Set up medical ID on an Apple iPhone

  1. Open the Health app and tap the "Overview" tab.
  2. Tap your profile picture in the upper right corner.
  3. Under "Medical Details," tap "Medical ID."
  4. Tap "Change" in the upper-right corner.
  5. To make your medical ID accessible from your iPhone's access screen, turn on "Show when locking." In emergency situations, information is then given to people who come to the rescue.
  6. Enter your medical details here, such as your date of birth, allergies and blood type.
  7. Tap "Done."

Note: Keep the information short and concise. For example, if you're not very good at sharp eating, that's not so relevant. Only fill in things that are important to first responders. Whether you are a heart patient or have diabetes, for example. With contacts you can of course also add your gp or medical specialist.

Change SOS contacts on an Apple iPhone

  1. Open the Health app and tap the "Overview" tab.
  2. Tap your profile picture in the upper right corner.
  3. Under "Medical Details," tap "Medical ID."
  4. Tap "Change" and scroll to your SOS contacts.
  5. Tap the plus button next to "add SOS contact." Tap a contact, and then indicate your relationship to that person.
  6. To remove an SOS contact, tap the "Delete" button next to the contact, and then tap "Delete."
  7. Tap "Done."

How can the Medical ID be called in case of an emergency?

  • Activate the iPhone.
  • Tap the Home button or swipe the screen from bottom up on an iPhone X or, newer.
  • Tap Emergency inthe lower left corner.
  • Tap MedicalIDin the lower left corner.

All information you enter can now be accessed and the contact contacts you enter can be called without further unlocking the phone. In this way, care workers or bystanders can quickly pass on information about your health to medical specialists.

What about my privacy?

The information you fill in can't be seen in any other way or by processing other apps. But if others have your iPhone in their hands, they can easily see the medical information you have filled in.

What is the link with the electronic patient record?

There's no link. The Medical ID was created by Apple. There is no official medical label and there are no links to registration systems or anything like that. So the information is exclusively on your iPhone and stays there too. Therefore, you should also consider the Medical ID as a useful information note in case of an emergency.


How to add emergency information to an Android device.

Many Android devices have emergency contact information that you can enter in the phone settings or in the contacts app. Where it is depends on which phone and version of Android you have. In all likelihood, it will be something like this:

  1. Go to Settings> Users and Accounts (or Users). >Then click on Emergency Information settings. If you can't find it, there's a chance it's under My info, if your phone has that option.
  2. Select Edit or Edit Information.
  3. Hopefully you will see a lot of fields for your medical emergency information, such as name, blood type, medications, allergies, and so on. Fill in this section as thoroughly as possible. If you have medications and allergies, it is better to write "None" or "None known" than to leave them empty. That way, medical professionals will know that you have not overlooked these fields.
  4. Then find a place where you can select your emergency contacts. It can be under all fields; it can be on a second tab; it may be in your contacts app. Either way, there must be someone in your contacts app before you can assign it as an emergency contact. Make sure their information on your phone is updated.
  5. With Android devices, you can easily add every message to your lock screen, which is a great place to post really important medical information, in case people don't know where to find your full medical information. To add a rule to your lock screen, search your settings for something called Screen Lock or Lock Screen Message. There, you can add custom text that is visible on your lock screen.

How to use emergency information on an Android device.

If someone is in need with an Android phone, here's how to get their medical information and emergency contacts. As with an iOS device, locating the information in an Android device is pretty easy if you follow these incredibly simple steps.

  1. Swipe up from the lock screen.
  2. Select Emergency, followed by Emergency Information.

As long as emergency information is available on the phone and the person has entered it, you should be able to call their emergency contacts even if the phone is locked.

You can also call the local emergency number when you swipe up and select Emergency.