Your iPhone can do a lot. It can be a camera, a torch and personal assistant. You might not realise it, but the phone in your pocket could also save your life one day. Here are three ways the iPhone’s default apps can help you out of a bind.
1. Set up your Medical ID
The iPhone’s Health app contains a feature called Medical ID. This allows you to log information about your age, weight, allergies, your emergency contact and whether you’re an organ donor – information that may be essential in an emergency. This information can be accessed by anyone, even if your phone is locked. Find out how to set up your Medical ID.
2. Activate the Find Friends app
When you’re out alone somewhere, whether that’s heading home late at night or on holiday, the Find Friends app can give you a sense of safety. It allows you to share your location with friends and family so they can know where you are and when you get home safely. To set up the Find Friends app, go to Settings > scroll down to Find Friends > tap Location and then ‘While Using the App’> tap Notifications and set the sliders according to your preferences of how you want Find my Friends to notify you of friend requests.
3. Use the Find my iPhone app
You may already know that the Find my iPhone app uses location services to help you recover your missing iPhone. What you might not realise is that it can also enable you to locate anyone by tracking them down via their iPhone. Once a person turns Find my iPhone on, any trusted friend or family member can log onto their device via iCloud and locate where the phone (and by extension, the person) is. That’s why it’s a good idea to turn on Find my iPhone, just in case.