Sunday, October 2, 2022


In Case of Emergency – Your smartphone can help

Smartphones save lives. Or at least they can, if you are prepared. At the very least, you should use your phone’s facilities to specify one or more emergency contacts. Your “In Case of Emergency” information should be available from your lock screen so that a first responder can find it.

One way to do that is to use a custom photo that includes text of ICE information as the wallpaper for your lock screen. See the video below to see what I mean.

Other ways are built in to your phone:

On Apple iOS devices:

  1. Open the Health App (icon is a red heart)
  2. Tap Medical ID
  3. Fill in the info
  4. Turn on switch for “Show when Locked”

On Android devices:

  1. Settings
  2. Lock Screen, Contact Info
  3. About, Emergency Info

Once you’ve done this, anyone can pick up your phone and turn it on, then view the lock screen. With the Android option #2, they’ll see the emergency contact number right there. For the other options, when someone tries to get past the lock screen (assuming you have security) they will see a dialer and a button for Emergency – tap that to see your emergency contacts.

That’s the quick tip. Our 45-minute class gives a demonstration of changing this setting, plus how to make an SOS call or turn on Emergency Mode: Watch Episode 163 of What Does This Button Do?

Here is the quick tip about setting the wallpaper for your lock screen to your emergency contact info – kind of a do-it-yourself emergency app!

Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at She and her husband, Jim, produce a free weekly YouTube show called What Does This Button Do?  They have been Fulltime RVers, popular seminar presenters at RV Rallies, and regular contributors to, for many years.



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