Urging millions of iPhone and Android owners to check out the life-saving feature now

EVERY iPhone and Android phone owner should now check their emergency settings.

They could protect you in a dangerous situation – so you need to familiarize yourself with how they work.

Make sure you have set up your iPhone's emergency contacts and medical ID


Make sure you have set up your iPhone’s emergency contacts and medical IDCredit: apple

For iPhone, here’s what you need to know.

Setting up emergency contacts on your iPhone is a must.

iPhone has an Emergency SOS feature that allows you to quickly call emergency services.

But you can also add emergency contacts.

As soon as an emergency call is over, your iPhone will then alert those emergency contacts with an SMS – but this can be canceled if you wish.

iPhone sends your current location to your emergency contacts.

And the contacts also get updates when your location changes.

To set up emergency contacts, go to the Health app and then tap your profile picture.

Tap Medical ID, then tap Edit, then scroll to Emergency Contacts.

You can then activate Emergency SOS with the “five-click” trick.

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 one iPhone 8 or later 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.”

medical card

As a bonus, there is one more feature to think about enabling.

Apple created a feature called Medical ID that quickly displays 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.

How to set up emergency contacts on Android

The emergency features on Android are slightly different than Apple, but there’s still a way to send your location to contacts and set up a medical ID with a Google phone.

Go to your lock screen and click on “Emergency”.

Then click on “Emergency Info” and then either a plus sign or a pencil icon depending on your phone.

You will be asked for a password and then you can update your medical information and add emergency contacts.

You can also download Google’s Trusted contacts appwhich allows you to both send a location and request a friend’s location.

Download the app, sign up, and then start creating your desired contact list.

All you have to do is click “Add Contacts” to create your list.

For this to work, these contacts must also download the app on their phone and approve your request as an emergency contact.

The app is also available for iPhones, so your contacts don’t have to be only Android users.

How to send emergency location to contacts on Android

Once set up, friends can request your location and see if your phone’s battery is low.

You will be able to do the same with them.

To send a location notification, you need to go to the main screen of the app, select a contact and click “Send location notification now”.

Your location will be shared for 24 hours unless you click the stop button.

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You can also click a contact’s name and request their location.

If they don’t share it after a default five-minute time, the app on their phone will automatically share their location for them.

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