How to Set Up and View an iPhone Medical ID

A virtual medical card could save your life

Medical ID on iPhone 6
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Your Medical ID on your iPhone serves as an emergency contact form and virtual medical card. It provides medical, pharmaceutical, contact, and personal information that first responders use if you're in an emergency situation. Medical ID is part of the Health app and can be viewed even when the phone is locked. Here's how to edit your Medical ID information and keep it up-to-date.

Medical ID works on iOS 8 and newer versions of iOS.

How to Create an iPhone Medical ID In the Health App

If you've never made a Medical ID on your iPhone, follow these first-time setup directions:

  1. Open the Health app.

  2. Select Medical ID.

  3. Choose Create Medical ID.

    Medical ID, Create Medical ID buttons and Medical ID information page in iOS
  4. Fill out your details (see below for help).

How to Fill Out Information for Medical ID

Your Medical ID screen contains information about your health and your emergency contact information.

Medical ID sample information for iPhone

If you made your Medical ID in the past and want to update your information, tap Edit.

Here's the information you'll provide for your Medical ID:

  • Show When Locked: This slider controls whether your Medical ID can be viewed from the iPhone lock screen. Enable this option to allow emergency responders access to your information if your iPhone is secured with a passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID. The flip side of enabling this is that anyone who has access to your iPhone can see your Medical ID.
  • Name and Photo: These are pre-populated based on information stored on your iPhone. Tap your name to change it and select edit to choose a different photo.
  • Date of Birth: Add your birthday.
  • Medical Conditions: If you have any medical conditions that are relevant for first responders during an emergency, tap this section and enter the conditions.
  • Medical Notes: Similar to Medical Conditions, but is used for other useful medical notes.
  • Allergies & Reactions: If you have allergies or reactions to food, medication, or other things that interfere with medical treatment, add these allergies. 
  • Medications: If you take medications, list them so that emergency responders are aware of this information in case you're unconscious or unable to tell them.
  • Blood Type: If you know your blood type, tap add blood type and select from the list of blood types.
  • Organ Donor: Select from Yes, No, and Register With Donate Life to indicate your organ donor status.
  • Weight: Enter your weight here.
  • Height: Explain how tall you are in this section.
  • Add Emergency Contact: Include the contact information for people who you want to be notified in an emergency. If you can't add a contact because it's greyed out, open the Contacts app and remove any linked contact information.

Your Medical ID is viewable from the lock screen. Anyone who has your iPhone can call emergency contacts without unlocking your phone.

Select Done when you've finished with your Medical ID. If you need to make changes, repeat the steps above to open your Medical ID and edit the details.

How to Open an iPhone Medical ID in an Emergency

If Show When Locked is enabled in the Medical ID, you can access it from the lock screen.

  1. Press the Home or Lock button to wake up the phone.

  2. Press the Home button or swipe to access the Passcode screen.

  3. Tap Emergency.

  4. Tap Medical ID to reveal the Medical ID that belongs to the owner of the iPhone.

    Emergency, Medical ID and Main ID screen on iOS
  5. Select Done when you're finished reviewing the information.