Health App (iPhone)

It’s a must in an emergency. Plus, you can keep track of steps taken, calories consumed, or sleep habits.

Why the Gold Star status: Not only are you curious about how many steps you take in a day, but you’re also concerned about your loved ones and how someone would know to contact you in the event of an emergency. Enter Medical ID. In the Health App on every Apple device, you can designate:

  • Who to contact in an emergency. On the locked screen, the Medical ID symbol always appears
  • Any relevant medical conditions
  • Your blood type

Once you’ve set up Medical ID, then your designated emergency contacts will be notified when you activate Emergency SOS. Go to Settings > Emergency Contacts to make sure Emergency SOS is turned on. See Tech Tip #22: How to Set Up a Medical ID.

Investment required: 3 minutes to set up.

Cost: Free (it comes preloaded on every iPhone)

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