In this lesson for the Apple Watch we look at Medical ID and Emergency SOS including how we set it up using the Watch App on the iPhone and how we use it on the Apple Watch.
What is Medical ID and how do you use it on the Apple Watch?
The Apple Watch can display your medical information such as blood type, what you are allergic to, weight, age, and any other medical information you choose to show. To show your medical information, you just tap and hold the button on the side of your Apple Watch. You’ll see a number of options show including Show Medical ID. Select this and any medical information you choose to show will be shown.
What is Emergency SOS and how do you use it on the Apple Watch?
With Emergency SOS, you can quickly call for help and alert your emergency contacts using your Apple Watch. To use Emergency SOS you again push in the button on the side of your Apple Watch. From there you can choose Emergency SOS and your Apple Watch, through your iPhone, will call emergency services. If you have an LTE Apple Watch, you do not need to have your iPhone.
You can also just keep pressing the side button for about 10 seconds to have it call automatically. This is setup through the General Settings in the Watch app on the iPhone.
Setting Up Medical ID and Emergency SOS
To setup Medical ID and SOS on the Apple Watch, we need to go to the Health app on the iPhone. When you open the Health app, you’ll see an option for Medical ID. Tap on this to set your emergency contacts and any health information you’d like to add such is you are allergic to anything or are an organ donor. This information will be reflected on your Apple watch when accessed through Medical ID.
See this Lesson in Action
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