iOS 8 Medical ID Lock screen

Accidents always happen to others. That’s what we tend to believe anyway. Besides being largely misguided, thinking you’re less likely to get into an accident than the person sitting next to you can be dangerous, mainly because it can lead to you being unprepared in the event you would get into an accident.

There aren’t many ways you can be ready in case something happens to you, but there is one thing you can do right now, directly from your iPhone, and it shouldn’t take you more than a couple minutes.

Along with iOS 8 came a new application called Health which aggregates health and fitness-related information from third-party apps. But the Health app also has a feature that lets you create a Medical ID accessible to anyone from the Lock screen of your device.

Say you’re riding your bike and get hit by a bus. By the time the ambulance comes to you, you’ve already lost a considerable amount of blood. A blood transfusion could save your life, but the medics first need to know what your blood type is. Thanks to Medical ID, they can quickly find out, assuming you filled it out, just by having access to your iPhone Lock screen. This could save your life.

Medical ID isn’t only helpful to show what your blood type is. It can also be used to display known medical conditions and allergies, which again is information that can be vital.

How to create a Medical ID in iOS 8

Step 1: Launch the Health app that comes pre-installed with iOS 8.

Step 2: Tap on the Medical ID tab at the bottom right of the screen.

Step 3: If this is your first time there, the app will invite you to create a Medical ID. Simply tap on Create Medical ID.

Step 4: From there, start filling out all your information. Make sure that  “Show When Locked” is turned on, which will allow medics to actually have access to your Medical ID card. It’s also wise to add an emergency contact.

Step 5: Tap Done when you’re done editing.

From now on, when your phone is locked, anyone will be able to access your Medical ID from the Lock screen, simply by swiping to reveal the keypad, then selecting Emergency, then tapping on Medical ID at the bottom left.

As iOS 8 installation base increases, this new feature will certainly be known by all medical professionals, and will definitely be used to save lives. You have no control over what happens to you, but you have complete control over the basic medical information you can share with first rescuers. Do yourself a favor, and fill out your Medical ID now, and make sure you tell everyone around you with an iOS 8 device to do the same. Your life and their life may depend on it.

  • I really wish I knew what my blood type was. Next time I go to a doctor, I’ll ask them.

    • Steve R.

      If you’re also eligible for donating blood they can tell you about 3 weeks after donating blood. That’s how I know mine.

    • Im Universal I don’t remember what letter that is, I was told my blood is the most needed since It can be use to any blood type….Fckin Vamps

      • Mohammed Sahib

        That’s an O-

      • ThoseCurves

        we both got O- you might want to drop your medical ID by me and vise versa, since we can give blood to anyone but can only take our own brand lol.. :

    • hkgsulphate

      my blood type is Apple

      • RarestName


    • Dan

      hahaha I thought I was the only one who didn’t know his blood type, I felt quite dumb

  • I really like your Picture. Seb u look so kewl.

    • SoylentGreen

      Order some fluoride shield my friend or stop drinking tap water, your few words show that if your a non homosexual male then your body is riddled
      With estrogen mimickers.
      Estrogen is a female hormone.

      • Listen faggot. Do i ask you for a favour. F off

  • Diego Aguirre

    Hello everyone. I have a question that some of you might be able to answer.

    I have an Android phone and an iPad Air Wifi-only. In order to have access to the internet on my iPad, I use my Android phone as a hotspot. My iPad connects to the WiFi network that my phone creates. However, my data consumption increased significantly when I started doing this! By looking that the data usage on my Android phone, the problem is that this tethering feature consumes a lot of data.

    On my iPad, I disabled all apps under the “Background App Refresh” setting, but the problem has not gone away.

    Is there a jailbreak tweak that makes the iPad ‘think’ that is on a mobile data network instead of WiFi? Or is there any other solution?

    The only thing that I use on my iPad while tethering is Google’s Play Music app. That’s it. I don’t want any other options or apps to use my data while tethering. What can I do to reduce my data consumption? Can someone help me please?

    One last question… I just bought an iPhone 6 plus, which I will get tomorrow. It is the contract-free version for T-Mobile. Will I be able to tether my data to my iPad like I do with my Android phone?

    Thank you

    • Jonathan

      First off, nice programming style. 😛
      2nd, the iPad might be checking for mail if you have push on, but still shouldn’t make that much of a difference. I’m not exactly sure what is eating up your data.

      As for iPhone 6 Plus, yes you will have hotspot capability as long as (I think) you paid the full price for the iPhone instead of financing. If not, you’d have to wait until you’ve paid it all. That could be wrong though. It may work out of the box. But if you paid it all, don’t even worry, for sure you’ll have hotspot capabilities.

    • Kurt

      Apps, especially free apps send your info to the company. That uses data that we don’t normally think about. It’s not just the emails we download and the webpages we view. So that could play into it. But not sure how much.

      • Eric Buess

        Kurt, probably not very much. Most apps (free or not is not the issue) do track analytics but these are very very small packets of data and they are only sent when the app is actively being used. None of them (or very few since it’s against Apple’s well-enforced policies) send anything personally identifiable to the company. Even if they did, it would also be a very small amount of data.

        Diego, make sure everything under “Automatic Downloads” is disabled in Settings–>”iTunes & App Store” when you’re sharing a limited WiFi network. There are apps to monitor your WiFi usage to help you diagnose the OS-level service that’s eating up your bandwidth. It could even be one of the location services under Settings–>Privacy–>Location Services–>System Services. Good luck.

  • Anmol Malhotra

    Now , I know your height too.. 😀 And we have a same blood group.. xD You can contact me anytime.. :p
    And here’s my Medical ID.. Just created it.. 😉

    • Guest


    • Anmol Malhotra

      Here it is :

      • Jonathan

        I now know your full legal name, and birth. Activate stalking mode. 😛

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Oh. No!
        I never knew you were NSA agent , Jonathan. 😛 😀

      • Jonathan

        If I worked for them, they promised me a cookie. Never got one…

      • RarestName

        You’re only slightly taller than me :O

  • ThoseCurves

    Awesome, I hadn’t even opened Health App yet. thanks for the heads Up Sebastien !! created it now .

  • I loved this, filled it in within half an hour of exploring iOS 8, but given I’m in the UK, I really wish Apple would have added an option to switch between imperial/metric measurements

    • Dan

      same here, from Canada.
      I want to use the weight tracker since I go the gym on a regular basis, but I always have to convert from KG to pounds =X

  • omakad

    I think this is a great idea, but I wonder how many paramedics will actually use the blood data for blood transfusion without first checking your actual blood type just to double check they are not going to kill you. Since Americans are lawyer happy, I don’t think medics will be able to say. “Yeah I guess he was wrong about his blood type on his iPhone so I killed him by mistake” I don’t think that’s gonna fly. I wonder if any actual health professionals could weigh in on this and tell us what the process for something like this is. (Everything else like allergies etc could be very useful.)

  • Tommmy

    >From now on, when your phone is locked, anyone will be able to access your Medical ID

    Stop writing this confusing nonsense. Anyone will be access it if you have a password set on your iPhone! If not, they will have to “swipe to unlock” the phone, then search for the Health app in your phone.

  • SoylentGreen

    This is crazy, sending apple your vital stats now, if only you were aware of the not so ‘fluffy’ things they do with your info, if u have an accident the medics can establish all this info in minutes whilst actually saving your life, yeah i can see it now, “man hit by tram, dies at side of road as medics fiddle about with a mangled cell phone looking for life-saving infos” – more tyranny thinly veiled as something good for you, lol its crazy to most of us how ‘pliable’ you guys can be.

  • Jonathan

    It should be on the lock screen when you have to enter your password not on emergency screen so it can be easier to see

  • vifish

    Do yourself a favor and fill out your iOS 8 Medical ID now

    Here in my country i carry a small card from the hospital inside my wallet that show my blood type and other medical stuff, besides not everyone knows about this feature, what if the iPhone is out of battery? In my opnion, that heatlh app is useful to “some countries”, but not around the world.

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  • Ian Leon

    They should change the status bar color to white