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While we obviously do not wish it upon anyone, you never know when you might find yourself in a medical emergency. You also never know where you might be at the time, or who you will be with. That is why a new jailbreak tweak called InCaseOf is more important than you might think. InCaseOf adds important emergency information to the Lock screen, so that first responders and others can gain a better understanding of your health situation. Take a look at how it works… 

Once enabled, the tweak adds a red emergency button to the passcode lock screen for easy access. The button is labelled with “ICE,” which is short for “in case of emergency.” While your passcode-protected iPhone would traditionally be useless in emergency situations, an EMT can now tap this button to learn more information about you without unlocking the device. This includes name, address, date of birth, blood type, medical history and emergency contact information.

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All of this information can be configured through the InCaseOf options in the Settings app. When you set an emergency contact, you also have the option to provide a phone number for that person. Emergency responders can then tap the green circular phone button at the bottom of the tweak to call this person without unlocking the device. Of course, tapping on the stock Emergency button on the Lock screen and calling 911 or another official emergency number before anyone else is recommended.

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InCaseOf is still a beta tweak, meaning that is rather unfair to comment on its issues. But one potential problem that needs to be resolved by the final release is that when you do not fill out your name or another field, the tweak defaults to fake information. I’m assuming this was included for demonstrative purposes, but I don’t want medical personnel thinking that my blood type is O Negative when it actually isn’t.

Another minor inconvenience is that the tweak appears to use Helvetica Neue UltraLight as its font, which is challenging to read. I would rather have the comfort of knowing that emergency responders are going to be able to read my information as quick as possible, especially when those seconds could make the difference between life or death. A larger, bold font would be more ideal.

InCaseOf Settings

A third and final downside about the concept of this tweak is that, because it is not a stock iPhone feature, that is no guarantee that emergency responders will even know about this tweak. If you are a medical emergency where you have passed out, or cannot communicate with responders, then it might be unlikely that they ever come across InCaseOf in the first place. But I suppose a slim chance is better than none.

Aside from those problems, the tweak performed well on my iPhone without impacting battery life or performance too significantly. The red button is designed well to blend in with the stock passcode screen, and the information is displayed in a smart manner. Not everyone uses a passcode, though, so it would be nice if the medical information could be accessible from the main Lock screen in a future update.

InCaseOf is the work of CP Digital Darkroom, best known for the tweak HideMe7 that our own Jeff Benjamin reviewed four months ago. As the tweak is still in beta testing, you will have to add the repository http://repo.cpdigitaldarkroom.com/ to your Cydia sources to test it out. The beta package is a free download, although the final price tag for the tweak remains unknown.

Emergencies can happen in a fraction of a second, and the swift actions of others could potentially save your life. InCaseOf is a practical solution for iPhone users that care about their well-being, and it doesn’t hurt to have the tweak installed just in case; however, the extension has a few notable issues that need to be resolved before it is fully released to the public. InCaseOf beta is free on Cydia.

While you’re here, check out these other Lock screen tweaks.

  • Chris Barnett

    John Doe got an A+ in blood class

  • Gfhgjhjh

    quite handy this

  • CPDigitalDarkroom

    You’re probably right about the font, I’ll change it in the next beta update and change the default strings/settings up a bit or make it a requirement to have configured it before showing.

    One correction though is you don’t need to have purchased IfFound or HideMe7 to access this beta. The repo automatically knows which package list to show and InCaseOf is actually on the public side of the repo. Everyone is free to try it out. In fact I encourage everyone to try it out and give me some feedback so I can improve on and make these tweak better.

    One thing I will be adding is allergy information and donor status, these were suggested by someone in the field who typically responds to these events. Any more feedback is greatly appreciated.

    • Frank Anthony

      This tweak didn’t work for me. I configured it well and even respring still no sign of red cross in the lock screen. iPhone 5s

      • CPDigitalDarkroom

        Do you have any other tweaks that affect the LockScreen/Passcode Entry screen? If this is a conflict I definitely something I want to work out before release.

      • Frank Anthony

        I really don’t have any much lock screen related. Only “weather clock 7” & “CustomLS” and those two re so important.

      • Justin rulton

        same here, did everything apparently required on iphone 5, the only thing I have ‘running’ on the lockscreen is ISX but I had no sign of the red cross – I do like the idea tho’

    • Sam

      Think we can get it to work with non-simple passcodes?

    • Gekko

      The tweak would be perfect if you could make it accessible via a button directly on the lock screen instead of the passcode screen (it will be easier to access it for people who don’t know you have this tweak installed).

  • McBobson

    This is super useful and awesome!! Nice job to the one who created this!

    • CPDigitalDarkroom

      Thanks! I appreciate it.

  • Quang

    I don’t know my blood type…can I google it??? 🙁

    • Agru

      Are you serious

      • Quang

        Yeah, I dont know my blood type 🙁

      • Butch Danes

        Ask your parents, your doctor or check your birth certificate.

      • Varun Soi

        Same here!;)

    • Jonathan

      A blood test from a doctor could tell you. I’d suggest you do, in case of well, you know, a medical emergency. 😛

  • Brian Yap

    What if my phone isn’t passcode locked?

    • Easy! Set a passcode lock

    • As far as I know, it only works if you have a passcode set. It’s a limitation that I mentioned in the article.

      • Sam

        Doesn’t work if you have a non-simple (ie. a password) passcode set.

  • Bill

    Great Tweak, could be very useful if it gets widespread. Unfortunately, it does not play well with ScramblePass and Simple Passcode Buttons activated. Deactivating both of the offending tweaks permits this tweak to work. Just an FYI.

  • Neil Sardesai

    Whom* to Contact

  • J™

    “because it is not a stock iPhone feature, that is no guarantee that emergency responders will even know about this tweak”

    guess i have to tattoo on my skin that say “In case of emergency, try to unlock my iPhone and hit the ICE button”

    • coLin

      good point :))

  • Paweł Ługowski

    It doesn’t work with ScramblePass, I just reported that fact 🙂

  • kaka

    This is awesome and would go great as a standard feature for IOS 8 and health book

  • edwilk55

    What’s the repo for this?

  • Your Mother

    apple will steal this entire idea and put it into whatever health/fitness/wearable device they’re going to build.

  • djkasmic

    Since rebooting my iphone after installation of InCaseOf, I can´t unlock my sim. The pop up to unlock doesn´t appear. After uninstallation of the tweak, the sim can be unlocked again.

  • friscosooner

    This app does not work. The button will only show up once after a respring and then you are forced to respring again. Pretty useless and dangerous if your life depends on this working properly.

  • Anz

    To the Dev, as you know the jailbreak for iOS 7.0.x and 7.1.x is out it’s time you upgrade your app so we can make optimal use of it.
    Another suggestion would be to make it free for a certain period, get some media attention especially maskable and tech crunch and boy you’ll be rockin’! 🙂