How to Set Up Medical ID on your iPhone

Having a medical ID set up on your phone can help first responders find your important medical information in case of an emergency. Your medical conditions and other information can be accessed from the Lock Screen of your iPhone without needing your passcode.

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In case of an emergency, if you have your iPhone with you, anyone – medical care workers or others – can find your medical information including allergies and the medications you take. All of the information included in the Medical ID is first filled out by you – so you have control of the information that will be seen. In this article we will tell you how to set up your Medical ID, how that information will be used and who can access it, and how to edit your emergency contacts.

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How to Set Up your Medical ID

You can edit your Medical ID from the Health app on your iPhone.

health app icon on iPhone

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Medical Information

  1. Open the Health app and tap on the Summary tab at the bottom of your screen.
  2. At the top of your screen, tap on your profile image in the upper-right corner.
profile image
  1. Select Medical ID, then tap Edit in the upper-right corner of your screen.
  2. From the edit screen, you can add or change the information in your Medical ID. To change or add information, tap on the entry field you would like to edit.
    • Near the top, you can add a photo of yourself – to help with identification, type in your name and date of birth.
    • You can add information about your medical conditions, allergies and medications.
    • You can include your blood type, weight, height, primary language and whether or not you are an organ donor.
  3. When you have finished editing your medical information, tap Done in the upper-right corner of the screen, or continue on to add emergency contacts to your ID.

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Emergency Contacts

Add Emergency Contact

  1. In the Health app, select the summary tab at the bottom of the screen and then select your profile image in the upper-right corner of your screen.
  2. Select Medical ID and tap Edit in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  3. Scroll until you see Emergency Contacts and tap the green Plus button next to “add emergency contact.”
emergency contacts
  1. Tap on the name of a contact from your contacts list, then select their relationship to you.
  2. Tap Done.

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Delete Emergency Contact

From the Medical ID edit screen, under Emergency Contacts, tap the red Delete button next to the name of the emergency contact you wish to delete. Tap Delete, then tap Done at the top of the screen.

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Emergency Access

share medical id

In order to make use of your Medical ID, you will need to allow the information to be available to first responders and others who may be helping you in an emergency. There are two different ways you can share your information and you can choose one or both depending on your needs and privacy preferences.

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Show When Locked

In order to have your Medical ID information available from your Lock Screen, Scroll down to Emergency Access and toggle the switch next to Show When Locked. This will allow someone to view your Medical ID information from the Lock Screen by tapping Emergency, then Medical ID.

Share During an Emergency Call

This feature shares your Medical ID information with emergency services when you call or text. This feature is only available in the United States. It doesn’t work in all locations, and your current location, at the time the call to emergency services is made, must be supported by Enhanced Emergency Data services.

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If you want this feature enabled, make sure you have not previously disabled Emergency Calls & SOS. To check this setting, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services.

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Dr. Stacey Butler is a tech writer at macReports covering news, how-tos, and user guides. She is a longtime Mac and iPhone user and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Here is her LinkedIn profile.

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