How To Set Up 'Covid-19 Medical ID' on iPhone: 6 Easy Steps and 5 Reasons to Install
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How to Set Up 'Covid-19 Medical ID' on iPhone?
There are plenty of iPhone features that feel like you just can’t live without them. But there is one that can literally save your life: Medical ID.
If you get into an accident or otherwise become unconscious or unresponsive, a first responder can pick up your phone and place an emergency call. But they can also tap the Medical ID button to be taken to a screen that shows important information about you: Age, blood type, allergies, medical conditions…whatever information you wish to share that may help a medical professional to treat you properly.
Setting it up is a snap, but you may not have thought about it because you access it through the Health app rather than Settings.
Six steps to install Medical ID on iPhone
Step 1: Open the Health app.
Step 2: Tap on your profile picture in the upper right.
Step 3: Tap Medical ID.
Step 4: Tap Edit in the upper right.
On the next screen you have plenty of (optional) info to fill out: medical conditions, allergies, medications, and so on. You can choose to have this info accessible while the phone is locked or not, but you probably should. If an emergency responder really needs this info, they may not be able to get into your phone.
Step 5: Fill out everything you think might he helpful. It’s especially important to fill out any allergies, medications you regularly take, or serious medical conditions that could affect the way a paramedic treats you. Your Emergency Contact can be automatically contacted (including your location) if you use your iPhone’s Emergency SOS feature, but it also lets people know who they should call if something bad happens to you.
Step 6: Tap Done and you’re all set! The Medical ID screen shows you what others will be able to see when they select your Medical ID. They can’t access the rest of your phone—it’s still locked—but this info can help save your life.
Five Reasons You Should Install Medical ID
1. Your Medical ID Gives First Responders Access to Critical Medical Information on Your iPhone
Instead of having all your medical information written on a piece of paper in your wallet or kept with someone who might not be reachable, you can add that important information to your Medical ID.
Once a Medical ID is set up in the Health app on iPhone, it gives first responders instant access to critical medical information and emergency contacts from the iPhone’s Lock screen — without requiring a passcode.
After a first responder accesses your Medical ID from the iPhone’s Lock Screen, you’ll need to re-enter your password.
2. Your Medical ID can be Shared during Emergency Calls or Text Messages
When setting up a Medical ID, enable Share During Emergency Call. This setting allows your iPhone or Apple Watch to share the information from your Medical ID (not your photo) with emergency services — when calling or texting from supported locations.
Enabling this setting helps improve emergency response — especially if you’ve provided information in your Medical ID like Primary Language, Allergies and Reactions and Medical Conditions.
3. Your Emergency Contacts will be Notified During Emergencies
If you use Emergency SOS to call emergency services, iPhone sends a message to your emergency contacts (who have a mobile phone number) with a message, saying that you’ve called emergency services and provides your current location.
If adding your parents as Emergency Contacts, ensure you’ve properly entered them into the Contacts app with their first and last names, not Mom and Dad. Otherwise, they’re listed in your Medical ID as mother — Mom and father — Dad. Adding their first and last names provides emergency services with more informative information.
4. You can Register for Organ Donation when Creating Your Medical ID
Did you know that a single organ donor can save as many as eight lives? That’s the reason Apple made it easy to sign up with Donate Life — America’s organ donation registry.
5. Your Medical ID can be Set Up in English — Even if Your iPhone System Language is Different
A screenshot that illustrates how a Medical ID can be set up in English while iPhone is set to a different Language.
An iPhone Medical ID in English with a system language set to Japanese. Photo by Jeff Shibasaki / Culture Gaps.
Not only is a Medical ID a precaution for international travelers who don’t have any health records in the U.S., but it can also help visitors and permanent residents who prefer iPhone’s system language to be set to their native language. As long as the Medical ID is set up in English, first responders will be able to access your Medical ID since the procedure is the same in every language.
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