How to set up a medical ID on your phone in case of emergency

We show you how to set up a medical ID on your phone, in case of an emergency.

How to set up a medical ID on your phone in case of emergency

After certain initial reservations, I must admit that I am now a big fan of Apple’s ‘Health’ app. It comes standard on all new iPhones and has been a part of iOS since version 8. I began using it to track my sleeping habits and, since seeing that it was quite a handy app, I have been tracking my steps, the kilometres I’ve walked each day, as well as to monitor my weight and BMI.

One thing that initially held me back from using the Health app was the idea that Apple could sell my health data to third parties but, quite honestly, it’ll probably do it anyway, so I conquered my fear and dove in. I mean, it’s no secret that Apple and Google are tracking your movements, and who really knows what these tech giants do and do not have access to. It should comfort you to know, though, that with this particular app, Apple does make the disclaimer “This information is not included in your Health Data or shared with other apps” – for what it’s worth.

Anyway, now I’m getting off track. We’re here to learn how to create a medical ID, not find out my opinions on information retrieval and data retention.

I have never set up my own medical ID, even though I’ve been using the Health app for over a year now. So let’s do it together, shall we?

First, open your Health app. It’s the icon that looks like this:

Then, at the bottom of the app page, you’ll see this navigation strip:

Click on Medical ID and then ‘Create Medical ID’. Here you can add your date of birth, height and weight, known medical conditions, allergies and reactions, as well as list any specific medicines you are taking. You’ll also have the option to add your blood type and whether or not you are an organ donor, and you can add the contact details of your partner or next of kin in case of emergency.

Once you have entered all the information, ensure you check the ‘Show When Locked’ function at the top of the page. This means that, heaven forbid, if you have an accident, whoever picks up your phone can access your vital health information and possibly save your life in the process. Pretty handy, huh?

Now, for all you Android users out there, we’ve not been able to find a similar function, but if you’re aware of any, let us know in the comments below.



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    21st Jan 2016
    What a coincidence! My son installed this app on my phone just this morning.
    21st Jan 2016
    Will it still work if there is a password on the iPhone?
    Stephen H
    21st Jan 2016
    Really interesting! But in the Mac App Store, I can't find an app called "Health" in its Health & Fitness section and the ones with similar names clearly aren't this one.
    Can you explain where to find it?

    21st Jan 2016
    Hello, Leon, hello. Is anyone in there. I can't find the Apple Health app either.
    22nd Jan 2016
    You don't need to download the App - its part of the iOS
    Stephen H
    22nd Jan 2016
    Thanks, RG -- that accounts for it. Our iPhone has iOS 7.1. However it's telling us that it's downloaded iOS 9.2 and is offering to install it -- which would give us the Health app.
    (Are there any downsides to this upgrading that you know of??)
    23rd Jan 2016
    I use an Samsung Android phone and tablet and have downloaded "MedicineList" on both of them. The App is easy to use and never a problem when adding to the extensive list belonging to my husband; adding other people is also really quick and easy.
    Bulldog Bob
    22nd Feb 2016
    Ok if you have an IPhone but I hate Apple. Is there one available for a Windows phone or???

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