Your iPhone is unquestionably a helpful sidekick. It is, first and foremost, a communication device, but it also serves to help you work and entertain you, among other functions. Furthermore, like any good sidekick, your iPhone can assist you in navigating the unexpected.

An iPhone has several features that allow you to reach out to your true companions when you need them the most—or they can reach out to you. So, what exactly are these features, and how do you activate them?

What are Emergency Contacts?

The iPhone’s Emergency Contacts feature makes it simple to contact trusted people in an emergency. It also makes it simple for strangers to get you help when you are unable to help yourself. This article will show you how to create emergency contacts and how to access them when you need them.

Why Creating Emergency Contacts?

There are two reasons why you should add an emergency contact to your iPhone. The first is so that they appear on your Medical ID as a next of kin. Strangers can access this from your lock screen and it contains information such as your name, allergies, blood type, and (once configured) people who should be contacted in the event of an emergency.

The second reason to add emergency contacts is to ensure that these people are notified whenever you use your device’s “Emergency SOS” function. On an iPhone, press and hold the power and volume buttons simultaneously, then slide “Emergency SOS,” or on an Apple Watch, press and hold the side button.

You can also choose to override your device’s silent mode settings, allowing contact to sound an audible alert regardless of your settings. You can do this for any contact on your iPhone, regardless of whether they are designated as an emergency contact or not.

How to Create Emergency Contacts on iPhone

Here are the steps of How to Create Emergency Contacts on iPhone for you to read and follow. Follow the provided steps carefully.

Set Up Medical Emergency Contacts on Your iPhone

  1. Open the Health app and navigate to the Summary tab.
  2. In the top-right corner, tap the profile icon.
  3. Choose Medical ID.
  4. In the top-right corner, select Edit.
  5. Scroll down to the Emergency Contacts section and click Add Emergency Contact.
  6. Your iPhone will display your contacts; scroll through them to find the one you want.
  7. After that, assign a relationship to them, and they will appear on your list.
    How to Create Emergency Contacts on iPhone

If you are unable to provide the information yourself, others can now find and contact your emergency contacts by tapping emergency on your iPhone’s Lock Screen. You can also use the Medical ID feature to provide an overview of medical information to use in an emergency.

Set Up Emergency Contacts to Bypass Your Focus Modes

  1. Tap Contacts in the Phone app.
  2. Locate the person with whom you want to make emergency contact.
  3. Select Edit in the top-right corner of their details.
  4. Scroll down and tap Ringtone to see your options.
  5. Enable Emergency Bypass at the top of the Ringtone screen and then tap Done.
    How to Create Emergency Contacts on iPhone

If you don’t want to miss an important message, repeat these steps with their Text Tone. You may also want to save and share these steps with your emergency contacts so they can also provide you with the Emergency Bypass status.

The emergency features on your iPhone will provide you with peace of mind and may even assist you if something goes wrong. The best part is that they only take a few minutes to set up. By adjusting the settings we’ve mentioned, you can rest assured that people will be able to contact you or find you in an emergency.