Emergency Features in Your Smartphone That You Must Know About
A crisis can hit you anytime, anywhere. So, when an emergency strikes, you don’t want to be caught unprepared and unguarded. As people rely more and more on their smartphones as their sole source of communication, it only makes sense that brands have integrated emergency calling (In Case of Emergency or ICE) to certain numbers or features.
ICE in Android
Depending on which smartphone you have, Android-based phones have different steps to set up the emergency details on your phone lock screen. In the Android phone, it’s a little complicated. It might be under a sub-menu of your device such as My Information.
If you can’t find an emergency feature in contact field within the settings, there are apps for adding ICE info, but make sure that you need to make widget accessible from the lock screen. Also, note that all versions of Android phones do not support a lock screen emergency app.
Don’t rely on an app that sends emergency information via text messaging. When a true emergency happens, first responders need to check whether they’ve reached an emergency contact. They can’t wait for someone to reply to a text message. That’s really risky.
For Android 4.2 and above, there’s an application which is quite promising but hasn’t been checked personally. The application is paid. It has a lock screen widget and that lets you save important information as well as ICE names, numbers, and health problems as well. Some user feedback suggests that it may disable alarms, however, if you use your Android as an alarm clock, you might want to consider other options.
ICE in iPhone
If you own an iPhone, you can add emergency contact information and medical notes so that it can enable access to anyone from your lock screen.
- On iPhones devices running iOS 8 and above, there is a pre-installed Health Application.
- Tap on Medical ID in the bottom right corner.
- Tap to create Medical ID and fill all your personal details
- At the very top, make sure ‘Show When Locked’ is turned on (to green). Fill in as much information relevant to you. If you have no known allergies or aren’t taking medication, it still helps to write “None” or “None knew” so that medical application don’t assume you’ve overlooked these fields. Normally we save the emergency contact number of our parents and spouses only.
- The most important step is to make sure that you assign at least one person as your emergency contact and you can also do more than one. You must save that person’s name and phone number in your contacts for the Health app to be able to include it.
Now, here’s how to test it to make sure all the information you save will work, and to know what to look for if you ever have to find someone else’s ICE information. Simply lock your phone, check it up, but don’t fully unlock it. When you slide with the help of your finger to get to the passcode screen, you should see Emergency at the top of the screen. Press it, and a screen appears with a number keypad to dial, as well as Medical ID in the bottom left. Press Medical ID, and you’ll see your information appear along with a phone icon that, when pressed, will automatically dial your ICE contact.
Note that while you can find ICE apps in the App Store, they are not accessible from a locked phone! You should always lock your iPhone with a passcode or TouchID for security reasons, meaning these ICE apps are useless in case of an actual emergency. Use the Apple Health Application only.
ICE in Windows
To add ICE info to your Windows Phone, you’ll want to use a lock screen app. These apps typically display messages on your lock screen. Some people use them to add their personal information.
The app Lock Screen Text can do the trick, but there’s limited space on the screen. The recommendation is writing a little more than ICE plus a person’s first name and phone number. Reserve the rest of the space for additional medical notes you may have to write. You could even write a short directive, such as” medical information mentioned in the wallet and bag”.
Go and set the information right now by following these steps. Make sure that all your family members also do this so you’re all prepared for the worst.