Your Android phone can help you in an emergency. Here’s how

From the lock screen, tap on Emergency Call and then Medical Info. 

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If you were to have a medical emergency, you’d want first responders to know how to get hold of your loved ones. You’d also want them to know any underlying medical conditions you may have — from allergies to invisible health challenges, right? I know I do. 

Android phones have a dedicated tool for displaying vital information, including your emergency contacts, that first responders are trained to look for. And more recently, Google released an update for its Pixel phones that brings its Safety app to more devices and expands its capabilities. 

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Before you dive into the Safety app, we recommend you set up your personal Emergency Information on your Android phone. It could save your life one day.

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Set up emergency details on an Android phone

As is always the case with Android, setting up your details will vary depending on the brand of phone you’re using. Samsung users, for example, can use open the Phone app and select the Contacts tab, followed by selecting My Profile and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

In general, though, you should be able to open the Settings app and search for Emergency information using the search bar at the top of the screen. One of the results should take you to the appropriate section of settings. 

Once you find the emergency information section, enter the information you want to share, including your medical details and emergency contacts.

To view what others will see on your phone, or practice getting to the medical info on someone else’s phone, try to unlock your…

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