How to Set Up Medical ID on Your iPhone

by

ios10 medical id custom e1521017583630Medical ID is a built-in feature of your iPhone's Health app that gives ambulance crews and other emergency first responders fast access to potentially life-saving information about any allergies or medical conditions you have, even if your iPhone is locked.

Even if you don't suffer from any health conditions, it's still worth enabling Medical ID, because it can also provide other vital information about you to emergency services, such as your blood type and who to contact in an emergency. This article shows you how to set up Medical ID in iOS 11.

How to Set Up Your Medical ID in iOS 11

  1. Launch the Health app on your iPhone. (If you're using an iPhone 6s or later, firmly press the Health app icon to jump straight to the Medical ID via 3D Touch and skip the next step.)
    medical id health app

  2. Tap Medical ID at the bottom of the screen.

  3. If you're in the U.S., you can opt to register as an organ donor with Donate Life America by tapping the option at the bottom of the Medical ID screen. If you don't want to register, or you're outside the U.S., simply skip this step.

  4. Tap the Edit button at the top right of the screen.
    apple medical id edit

  5. Under Emergency Access, toggle the Show When Locked switch to the On position. Make sure you perform this step, otherwise emergency services won't be able to access your Medical ID.

  6. Start adding information to your Medical ID card. Apart from your name and date of birth, the other types of information you can add in this section include medical conditions and medical notes, allergies and reactions, medications, blood type, organ donor status, weight, and height. (Note that information added to your Medical ID isn't included in your Health Data or shared with other apps.)

  7. Under Emergency Contacts, tap the green plus sign to add someone from your Contacts list. (You can add several people, but bear in mind that if you use the Emergency SOS feature on your iPhone's lock screen, all emergency contacts receive a message alerting them of the SOS and your location.)
    apple medical id emergency contact

  8. For each emergency contact you add, select an option from the list that best describes your relationship to that person, e.g. "father" or "doctor".

  9. Tap Done in the top right of the screen when you're finished.

If you decide against keeping a Medical ID record, the Edit mode includes a Delete Medical ID option at the very bottom of the screen.

Accessing Medical ID on a Locked iPhone 8 or Earlier

  1. Press the Home button on the iPhone to activate the passcode screen.

  2. Tap Emergency in the bottom left corner of the passcode screen.

  3. Tap Medical ID in the bottom left corner of the Emergency keypad screen.

medical ID lock screen access
Note: If the Apple handset doesn't have a Home button, swipe up with your finger from the bottom of the screen to trigger the passcode screen, or use the alternative method for accessing Medical ID below.

Accessing Medical ID on a Locked iPhone X or Later

  1. Simultaneously press and hold the Side (power) button on the right and the Volume Up button on the left of the handset.

  2. Swipe rightwards across the Medical ID slider.

You can also access the Medical ID on Apple Watch: Press and hold the side button and drag the Medical ID slider to the right.

Tag: health

Top Rated Comments

kemperman Avatar
36 months ago
As a Paramedic, I can confidently say, NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE DO THIS. If you are unconscious and you have an iPhone, the first thing I will do when trying to ascertain a history, is find out if you have the medical ID set up. It needs to be something you can't skip during setup if Apple are serious about their health ambitions
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
allenvanhellen Avatar
36 months ago
It’s not intuitive at all to access the medical ID on an iPhone 10.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kohlson Avatar
36 months ago
Do yourself, and your loved ones, a favor. Do this with them. Make sure they use a picture so that ID information can be matched to the right person it situations so warranted. Tell them this replaces In Case of Emergency (ICE) which no longer applies. And tell the to not get so crazy about making this information "public" - when was the last time their phone was out of their possession (other than at home...).
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
danny842003 Avatar
36 months ago
Not sure paramedics seeing your blood type on your phone is going to do anything.
We used to write it on our kit in Afghanistan but were later told we would get the generic type (o-) until a test could be done as they wouldn’t trust it to be right.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RonRN18 Avatar
36 months ago

I could be wrong but I believe the universal donor blood type is O+ (NOT O-).

Generally, it is O Negative in the civilian world. From what I've heard, the military uses O Positive, as it is more common and the risks of an Rh reaction is not as risky for men, rather than fertile women and men (historically) are more likely going to be the recipients in the military... a factor that may change with more and more women being in forward locations.

When I was working as an emergency nurse in a trauma center, we would use O Negative for emergencies with no time to crossmatch. By knowing the blood type in advance, we can possibly reduce the time to crossmatch, but we still crossmatch before administering blood. I haven't observed the process, but they essentially mix patient blood with donor blood in the lab and look for reactions before releasing the unit to be administered.

When I have donated blood, I let them know that my blood type is AB Negative. This is one of the rarest blood types (there are rarer types but most people don't know about them). When I was donating blood during the height of the battles in Afganistan and Iraq, the nurses in the mobile donation bus called for a courier to rush my blood and the blood of another AB Negative donor in the bus at the same time, saying it would be in a cargo plane and probably in the Middle East in about 24 hours (we're an hour away from Travis AFB). Despite the military using O Positive for unmatched, they still prefer to give crossmatched blood if available.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RootBeerMan Avatar
36 months ago
Glad to see this posted. I frankly had no idea it even existed. It was easy to set up and I did it immediately. Now to get everyone else in the family on board!
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

apple briefcase

AppleCare Memo Hints at Potential Hardware Announcement Next Tuesday

Thursday December 3, 2020 9:12 am PST by
Following a busy fall season in which Apple hosted three events in as many months, the company may have one more product announcement in store this year. In an internal memo this week, obtained by MacRumors from a reliable source, Apple informed service providers that it has AppleCare-related changes planned for Tuesday, December 8 at approximately 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Specifically, Apple ...
apple top apps games 2020

Apple Shares Top 20 Most Downloaded Games and Apps of 2020

Tuesday December 1, 2020 9:38 pm PST by
Alongside picks for the top iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps and games of the year, Apple today shared charts featuring the Top Games of 2020 and the Top Apps of 2020, revealing the most popular free and paid apps and games during the year. Among Us! was the top free game of 2020, followed by Call of Duty: Mobile, Roblox, and Subway Surfers. Ink Inc. Tattoo Drawing was the number four free app,...
homepod mini amazon echo size

$99 Speaker Showdown: HomePod Mini vs. Amazon Echo and Google Nest Audio

Wednesday December 2, 2020 3:12 pm PST by
Apple recently released the HomePod mini, a new $99 version of the original HomePod that's smaller, cuter, and, most importantly, competitively priced. At $99, the HomePod mini can better compete with affordable smart speakers from companies like Google and Amazon. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The HomePod mini has been praised for its high-quality sound at its...
iphone8guide b

iOS 14.2 Quietly Added FaceTime 1080p Support to iPhone 8 and Later Models

Wednesday December 2, 2020 3:21 am PST by
Back in early November, Apple released iOS 14.2 and announced with it a slew of new features for iPhones, but one thing it didn't mention was the apparent addition of support for 1080p FaceTime calls on iPhone 8 and later devices. The little-known fact was discovered by MacMagazine, which found that Apple quietly updated the specs pages for devices like iPhone XR shortly after the release of ...
16 inch MBP Mini Led

Kuo: Two Redesigned MacBook Pros in 2021 and New MacBook Air in 2022, All With Apple Silicon and Mini-LED Displays

Wednesday December 2, 2020 5:46 am PST by
Apple plans to release two redesigned MacBook Pros in 2021 and a new MacBook Air in 2022, all with mini-LED displays and Apple Silicon chips, according to TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a research note to investors, seen by MacRumors, Kuo explained that two new MacBook Pro models equipped with an all-new form factor design are expected to launch in 2021, and a new "affordable"...
iOS 14

Apple Releases Third Betas of iOS 14.3 and iPadOS 14.3 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Wednesday December 2, 2020 10:04 am PST by
Apple today seeded the third betas of upcoming iOS 14.3 and iPadOS 14.3 updates to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after releasing the second betas and a month after the launch of iOS and iPadOS 14.2. iOS and iPadOS 14.3 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or over the air after the proper developer profile has been installed. The iOS 14.3 update brings the...
best apps of 2020

Wakeout! Named Apple's Best App of 2020, While Zoom Earns the Title for Best iPad App

Tuesday December 1, 2020 9:26 pm PST by
Apple today shared its App Store Best of 2020 winners, highlighting its picks for the top iOS, iPadOS, and macOS apps and games released over the course of the year. Apple's iPhone App of the Year award went to Wakeout!, which is a family friendly exercise and movement app that encourages people to complete easy exercises while at home. Apple's iPad App of the Year was Zoom, which soared in...
wristcam design

$299 'Wristcam' Adds a Pair of Cameras to Your Apple Watch

Thursday December 3, 2020 9:32 am PST by
The Apple Watch has never included a camera, likely due to battery life and space concerns. A new Apple Watch product aims to address that lack by introducing a wrist-worn camera that works with the Apple Watch. The Apple-certified Wristcam attaches to the Apple Watch in the form of a band that adds a rather large camera set to the top of the Apple Watch. It's quite thick and bulky, but can...
iphone 12 5g

Multiple iPhone 12 Users Report Sudden Drops in 5G and LTE Cellular Coverage

Thursday December 3, 2020 1:18 am PST by
Since Apple launched the iPhone 12 in October, an increasing number of users of the new smartphone have been reporting persistent drops in cellular coverage. Multiple reports of dropped 5G and LTE connectivity have appeared on Reddit, on Apple's support forums, and on the MacRumors forums, with many people suffering issues when walking or in transit and some seeing the same problem when...
magsafe duo charger

MagSafe Duo Charger for iPhone 12 and Apple Watch Now Available for Purchase

Tuesday December 1, 2020 4:15 pm PST by
Apple today began selling the MagSafe Duo Charger that was announced alongside the new iPhone 12 models back in October. Priced at $129, the MagSafe Duo offers a MagSafe charging puck for the iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, and 12 mini, along with an Apple Watch charger. Though the accessory was announced in October and was listed as coming soon, it was not clear when it would launch. Orders...