How to make an emergency call from a locked iPhone

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Chances are that, at least once in the lifetime, you’ll be in need to make a fast call and summon the emergency services. Maybe it’s the question between life and death, and the fastest possible reaction is of utmost importance. And what happens when let’s say, you can use only the phone that belongs to someone else, while the clock is ticking? Hell, in those scenarios you may as wall forget how to unlock your own phone.

Well,  since over 90 million Americans use Apple-produced phones, someone would expect that the procedure of emergency call is a well-known routine. Sadly it’s not. Moreover, besides speedy emergency contact, some users may store Medical ID (Health app) on their phones, with a lot of valuable information regarding allergies, medication, or case record. Because of that, this is the subject that should be timely addressed and we’ll try and do so below.

Make an emergency call from a locked iPhone or access the Medical ID

Emergency call

In order to make an emergency call with a locked iPhone, follow the instructions:

  1. Press Home button to open the passcode screen.
  2. Tap Emergency at the bottom left corner.
  3. Call emergency services. In most cases 911, 180, or 999.

Have in mind that you won’t be able to call private numbers. Once the emergency call is finished, the phone will lock itself.

Medical ID in Health app

For users with specific medical conditions, this app is a saver. You can keep track of vital data regarding your condition with numbers of emergency contacts or caregivers. And you can either make those available on the emergency screen or not. That is your choice. But, in case you encounter someone in a dire situation, it’s worth checking their phone for better insight. Of course, this may be of the essence for paramedics.

  1. Press Home button to open the passcode screen.
  2. Tap Emergency at the bottom left corner.
  3. If available, you should see Medical ID at the bottom left corner of the screen.
  4. Tap to open Medical ID.

That should do it. Phones are an indispensable part of our lives and can prove as a lifesaver in the urgent moment. So, this is worth storing in some distinct part of your memory, until it’s summoned in the time of need.

If you have any questions or remarks, please share them with us in the comments section. We’ll be glad to help you.


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