The Emergency Cell Phone Feature Everyone Should Use

When it comes to an emergency, you never know if you’re going to be the one calling it in. You may find yourself in a situation where you’re hurt, unable to make a phone call, or simply lose your phone. While most phones have a built in feature that lets you make an emergency call without unlocking it, some go a step further by making your In Case of Emergency (ICE) information accessible without unlocking your phone. This way, anyone that finds you or your phone in harms way has all of your important medical and contact information including emergency contacts without having access to the rest of your phone. It only takes a moment to set this feature up, and may be your saving grace in an emergency.

Setting up your Medical ID and Emergency Contacts on your home screen is very simple and varies depending on your phone. On iOS8, access the Health app that is native to your phone and you’ll see Medical ID listed in the bottom-right corner. Tap edit to add as little or as much information as you’d like. You can also add your emergency contacts in this menu as well.

For Android users, the process of adding ICE information differs depending on your phone and which operating system you are using. Typically, you can enter emergency contact information in sub menus such as “Owner info” or “My Information” which can be accessed via Settings>Security.

There are also apps for both Android and Windows phones for adding ICE info to your lock screen. Be sure to choose the right one and steer away from those that send text messages to your emergency contacts rather than phone calls. After all, in an emergency, you don’t want to be waiting on someone to answer a text.

For those that prefer a simpler approach and who don’t care much about their phone’s aesthetic, you can always type your ICE info into any note taking app, take a screenshot of the note, and use it as your lock screen background.

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