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The next iPhone update makes it easier to get help in a medical emergency. How to prepare now



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The Medical ID button can make a big difference in an emergency.


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In these uncertain times, your health is more important than ever. So, it is timely that Apple's next update of its iOS software for iPhones – iOS 13.5 – comes with a minor but potentially important feature. Last week's preview build of the update includes the option to automatically send all your medical ID information to the emergency services if you ever need to call 911. IOS 13.5 is expected to release to the public in the coming weeks.

You don't have to wait for Apple's update to add emergency contacts and your medical ID information to your iPhone . We'll show you how to do it now, before iOS 13.5 arrives. It only takes a few minutes to set up.

If you have correctly set up your emergency medical information, first responders can immediately see your allergies or other treatments that you may need in the narrow event that you have had an accident and are unable to share that information yourself. Medical personnel can also contact your loved ones. Here's how to get started.

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Setting Your Medical ID on the iPhone

The iPhone has a Medical ID feature that first responders can use and treat you with. Your ID can include any medical conditions you have, allergies to medications, and emergency contacts.

Here are the steps to set your medical ID on an iPhone:

1. Open the Health app and your iPhone and tap your profile picture in the top right corner.

2. Select Medical ID under the Medical Details section, followed by Edit.

3. Enter any information you want emergency services to know.

4. Make sure Show when locked is enabled.

5. When you have filled in all your details and also who to contact, tap Done .

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Enter as much information as possible when creating your medical ID.


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When Apple releases iOS 13.5, the option to Share during emergency call will also be present on this page. If you want your medical ID information to be sent to the emergency services as long as you are in an area that supports Enhanced Emergency Data, enable it.

To view your Medical ID and see what it looks like, and to practice accessing someone else's Medical ID, try to unlock your iPhone by swiping up on your screen. If you use Face ID, I recommend covering the True Depth camera at the top of your screen to prevent it from recognizing you and unlocking your phone.

When prompted to enter your passcode, tap Emergency at the bottom of your screen, followed by Medical ID.

Now that you've set up your medical ID and emergency contacts, take a few minutes to learn all the hidden iPhone features we could find as well as every new feature that Apple has added in iOS 13 . After that, make sure to adjust these settings to get the most out of your phone .

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The first time you open Apple Health after installing iOS 13.5, it greets you.


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