How to Automatically Share Your Medical ID During an Emergency Call on the iPhone

Prior to iOS 13.5, iPhones had the option to store a Medical ID, which could be viewed from the Lock screen by selecting it from the emergency call screen. On iOS 13.5 and later, you can conveniently automatically share your Medical ID information with emergency dispatchers. By immediately giving access to your medical conditions and blood type, among other information, dispatchers and first responders can waste less time gathering that data. They can then spend more time attending to your needs! Follow our guide to set up your iPhone to automatically send your Medical ID information during an emergency call.

How to Set Your Medical ID to be Sent to Emergency Dispatchers

By sharing your Medical ID during emergency calls automatically, first responders and you alike can forego the process of collecting that information once they arrive on scene. Plus, since your Medical ID has sensitive data, it is encrypted to prevent the spread of that data. Take the following steps to configure your iPhone running iOS 13.5 or later to automatically send your Medical ID to emergency dispatchers:

  1. Open up the Health app.
  2. Tap your account profilee in the top right corner.

  3. Tap Medical ID

  4. Tap Edit.
  5. Scroll down and slide the Share During Emergency Call switch to on.

Now your iPhone has the feature to automatically share your Medical ID during emergency calls enabled. Hopefully it won’t be necessary, but if it is, you’ll be glad you turned it on. Once on, the feature will ask you every four hours for the following 24 hours if you want to shop sharing your location. Even when not prompted, you can stop showing your location at any time by tapping the iOS status bar, then choosing Stop Sharing Emergency Location.

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.