Getting Comfortable With The Basics

ICE = In Case of Emergency

Use your mobile phone as an identity bracelet.  

ICE stands for "in case of emergency," and it's what emergency responders have been taught to look for if someone needs medical attention. What if that person is you? Where is your ICE info? One of the most accessible and most convenient places to keep emergency information is on your smartphone so that someone can see it without having to unlock your phone. Make sure you and everyone in your family have ICE info on their phone.

  • Give emergency responders the information they need to care for you and to notify your family if you are unresponsive.
  • Learn what ICE can do, and how to find it on someone else’s phone.
     
  • History of the ICE concept
  • What information will emergency personnel need?
    • Your name
    • Your emergency contact(s)
    • Any medical conditions – diabetes, asthma, pacemaker, etc.
    • Drug allergies
    • Current medications
    • Blood type
  • Your phone has a password.  What now?
    • Lock Screen options
    • Free Apps available
  • Updating your Contact List
  • Be sure all family members are aware of ICE and how to find it
  • One-on-one Setup Clinic – bring:
    • All household mobile phones
    • Apple ID and password for iPhones
    • ID and password for Android phones
    • List of critical medications, allergies, blood type, and emergency contact info.

iPhone Instructions:

Set up emergency contacts on iPhone

Create your Medical ID:

  1. Open Health and tap Medical ID > Edit.
  2. Enter your emergency contacts and health information like your birth date, height, and blood type.
  3. Turn on Show When Locked to make your Medical ID available from the Lock screen. …
  4. When you're finished, tap Done.

Android Instructions:

Put a message on your Android phone lock screen

You can add a line of text to your lock screen, like info that would help someone return your device if you lost it.

  1. Open your device's Settings app. Settings app
  2. Tap Security & Location.   (For Android version 6 and below just tap Security and go to Step 4 below)
  3. By "Screen lock," tap Settings. Settings
  4. Tap Lock screen message.
  5. Enter your message  (For Android 6 and below also include your emergency information in this message. 
    The message will continuously stream on your Lock Screen).
  6. Tap Save.

Show "Emergency Information" from your Android phone's lock screen  (Android 7 and above)

You can add a link to personal "Emergency Information" to your device's lock screen. For example, you can add info that would help first responders in an emergency, like your blood type, allergies, and medications.

To add info:
  1. Open your device's Settings app. Settings app
  2. Tap Users & accounts and then Emergency information.
  3. Enter the information that you want to share.
    • For medical information, tap Edit (If you don't see "Edit information," tap Info.)
    • For emergency contacts, tap Add contact. (If you don't see "Add contact," tap Contacts.)
    • To clear your information, tap More More and then Clear All

To see info in an emergency situation:

  • On a locked screen, swipe up.
  • Tap Emergency.
  • Tap Emergency information.
  • When Emergency information flashes, tap it again.

Helpful links


How to Add an Emergency Contact to Your Phone's Lock Screen by PCMagazine

This one tech trick could help save your life. Here's how to make sure you and your family members have emergency medical information readily available.

ICE stands for "in case of emergency," and it's what many of us have been taught to look for if someone needs medical attention. Well, what if that person is you? Where is your ICE info? One of the easiest and most convenient places to keep emergency information is on your smartphone.


Set your device for automatic unlock
You can set your Android phone to automatically unlock in certain circumstances. Then you won't need to unlock with your PIN, pattern, or password in those circumstances.
Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

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Set automatic unlock with Smart Lock for Android
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Set screen lock

You can help secure your Android phone or tablet by setting a screen lock. Each time you turn on your device or wake up the screen, you’ll be asked to unlock your device, usually with a PIN, pattern, or password.

On some devices, you can unlock with your fingerprint or automatically unlock in trusted conditions.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Set or change a screen lock

  1. Open your device's Settings app. Settings app
  2. Tap Security & Location. (If you don't see "Security & Location," tap Security.)
  • To pick a kind of screen lock, tap Screen lock.
  1. If you’ve already set a lock, you’ll need to enter your PIN, pattern, or password before you can pick a different lock.
  2. Tap the screen lock option you’d like to use. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  • To change your screen lock's settings, next to Screen lock, tap Settings.Settings Settings include automatic lock timing, Power button locking, and a lock screen message.

Screen lock options

No lock

  • None: Your device stays unlocked. This gives no protection, but you can get to your Home screen quickly.
  • Swipe: Swipe your finger across your screen. This gives no protection, but you can get to your Home screen quickly.

Standard locks

  • Pattern: Draw a simple pattern with your finger.
  • PIN: Enter 4 or more numbers. Longer PINs tend to be more secure.
  • Password: Enter 4 or more letters or numbers. A strong password is the most secure screen lock option.

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