New iPhones running on the latest iOS version including the recently rolled out iPhone 14 series come with an updated Emergency SOS feature that allows you to notify a certain contact in case of emergency. To make use of the iOS Emergency SOS, a medical ID has to be set up on the device beforehand. If you need some input on how to get this done on the latest iPhone series, you can use this guide to set up your medical ID on the iPhone 14.
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Setting up your medical ID is highly recommended as it helps first responders access your critical medical information from the Lock screen of your iPhone without having to unlock it with your passcode. And here’s how it’s done on the latest iPhone flagship devices.
To begin, launch the Health app.
To do this, find then tap the Health app icon from the Home screen or Apps library on your phone.
If this is the first time you use the app, you will be prompted with the welcome note and introductory details about the Health app.
Just tap to Continue to proceed.
If prompted, set up your Health details consisting of the basic information about yourself like your first and last name, birthdate, gender, height and weight. After entering these details, tap Next.
You may opt to enable Health notifications to get notified about the latest trends in your Health data.
Once you've reached the Summary screen, you will see the summary of your Health information. To continue, tap on your profile picture on the top-right corner.
On the succeeding menu, you will see different options including health details, medical ID and more.
Select Medical ID from the given options to proceed.
In the Medical ID screen, you will see the information that you've entered during the Health app setup.
To edit or update your medical information, tap Edit on the top-right corner.
Doing so switches the Medical ID screen to edit mode, making all changes changeable.
Enter necessary health information such as your blood type and allergies.
If you haven't already, tap Add photo to upload and use your latest picture on the Health app.
To edit an existing entry for date of birth, blood type, weight or height, simply tap the Minus (-) sign before the desired label then update the existing data.
Also don't forget to indicate the contact person to call in case of an emergency.
To make your medical information available on the iPhone lock screen, turn on the Show When Locked switch.
Your Medical ID will automatically become available to emergency services the moment you make a call or send a text to emergency services on your iPhone or Apple Watch.
After entering all the important details, tap Done.
All the recently added medical ID details will then be stored on your iPhone's system, all set for use when your iPhone's Emergency SOS function is triggered.
- Apple iPhone 14
How is your Medical ID Information processed?
Your location and encrypted Medical ID information will also be sent to Apple, every time you call or text emergency services. Your location information will be used to determine whether or not the Enhanced Data service is supported in your current area. If it’s supported, Apple will forward the information to a designated partner for delivery to emergency services.
In order to make your iPhone’s location information accessible, be sure to turn on Emergency Calls & SOS on your device.
- You can access and manage this option by heading towards your iPhone Settings-> Privacy-> Location Services-> System Services menu.
Aside from emergencies, you can also use the Health app on your iPhone to monitor your daily health status and fitness activities. Just keep your device software up-to-date to ensure all key features and new functionalities are accessible.
And that’s it!