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I was an emergency responder – a simple iPhone swap could save your life

A FORMER emergency services worker has urged iPhone users to change their settings.

A little adjustment could help paramedics or police to find you and help you in dangerous situation.

Your iPhone can be an indispensable tool in emergency situations

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Your iPhone can be an indispensable tool in emergency situationsPhoto credit: TikTok / @rachhkent

We almost always carry our phones with us so they can be a great tool in emergencies.

Now former EMS worker and TikTok star Rachel Kent has urged everyone to change their iPhone Siri settings.

Rachel, who has over 18,000 followers on her @rachhkent account, works in medicine in Philadelphia – and shared the tip online.

“I learned this trick working as an EMS,” Rachel said in her latest video.

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“And it could help you save someone’s life one day.

“For this to work, your phone must be set to allow Siri to be activated when it’s locked.

“I know it sounds weird, but it’s actually very important.

“If someone’s phone is locked and of course they have an iPhone, when I was an ambulance and we didn’t know who someone was, we could talk on their phone.

“And we could say, ‘Hey Siri, who am I?’ and when you say this command, Siri will tell you who the person is and it will call their contact.

“And then sometimes you can let them retrieve their emergency contacts on the phone too.

“But it’s really helpful for identifying someone that we didn’t know who they were – if they’re unconscious or didn’t have ID, etc.”

That’s not all: Rachel says there’s another key reason you should allow Siri while an iPhone is locked.

And it is related to getting stuck in a dangerous situation where you may not be able to physically touch your iPhone.

“The second reason it’s important to be able to activate Siri while your phone is locked is that if you’re stuck somewhere, you can yell at your phone and say, ‘Hey Siri, call 911.’

“And then the phone can call 911 for you if you can’t dial it if your hands get stuck.”

Rachel says there are many reasons you might not be able to physically operate an iPhone in an emergency, so Siri could be a lifesaver.

To activate it go to Settings > Siri & Search > Allow Siri when locked.

Just one thing…

That’s not the only handy, life-saving iPhone feature.

Apple has developed a feature called Medical ID that quickly shows your most important health information.

“Medical ID helps emergency responders access your important medical information from the lock screen without needing your passcode,” Apple explained.

“They can see information like allergies and medical conditions and know who to contact in an emergency.”

To set it up, go to the Health app and then tap on your profile picture in the top right corner.

Below the image, tap Medical ID.

Now select Edit and then enable ‘Show When Locked’.

You can also choose to share during the emergency call – although this clever iPhone trick only works in the US.

Now add all your information and then tap Done.

To view your medical card, open the lock screen, then tap the emergency button.

Now tap on the red Medical ID button to view the information.

You can also use Apple’s Emergency SOS feature to quickly call emergency services.

How to activate Emergency SOS

There are two ways to activate the emergency SOS functions.

Press either the side or top button five times to pull up the emergency SOS slider.

Alternatively, on an iPhone 8 or later, you can press and hold the side button and a volume button until the slider appears.

Then drag the emergency slider to start the call.

You can choose how you want to call by going to Settings > Emergency SOS.

“If you continue to hold the side button and volume button instead of dragging the slider, a countdown will start and an alarm will sound,” Apple explained.

“If you hold the buttons until the countdown ends, your iPhone will automatically call emergency services.”

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