How to add ice to your cell phone

How to add ice to your cell phone

Medical Alert Advice discusses a variety of ways to help seniors stay safe in their home, including owning a medical alert device, installing grab bars near slippery tile floors and bathtubs, and having a preparedness plan in place in the event of a natural disaster. Now, we’d like to tell you about one very simple thing you can do today to help yourself and your loved ones if you are injured, which is to add ICE your cell phone!

ICE is an acronym for “In Case of Emergency.” The concept was originated in 2005 by British paramedic Bob Brotchie after the bombings of the London Underground. He noted that so many of the injured were unable to speak to say who they were, leaving the paramedics and police to rely on the victims’ cell phones for clues. It occurred to him that there should be a uniform manner in which police and paramedics could use cell phones to find an individual’s emergency contacts and potentially save your life. And thus, ICE was born.

How to Add ICE to Your Phone

Adding ICE to your phone is simple. Just scroll to the letter “I” in your phone contact list, and list your emergency ICE contact with the word ICE before their name. For example, “ICE-John Smith.” Then, be sure to enter every phone number (home, mobile phone and work) you have for that individual, as well as their email and physical address. Of course, it is very important to check with anyone you plan to list under ICE first to make sure they are comfortable with being one of your emergency contacts.

List Emergency Medical Information

Next, you will want to provide anyone listed on your phone under ICE with any medical information they may need about you in the event of an emergency such as your medical history. This includes the contact’s name and information of your immediate family members and physicians, a list of your medications, and any known allergies and medical conditions. While you should also have this information in your wallet or purse, it is helpful for others to have backup copies in the event it cannot be immediately located.

iPhone Users Should Add Medical Information To The Health App

If you have an iPhone, in addition to adding ICE to your phone’s address book, you will want to add this information into your Health app which comes automatically downloaded onto every iPhone. Besides calculating your daily steps and overall activity, the Health app has a section called Medical ID. There you can list your medical emergency contacts as well as sign-up as an organ donor which is totally optional. The Health app is key because if you are in a medical emergency, this information can be accessed even if you have your iPhone lock screen on. Not only can it display your emergency contacts but also your medical conditions and even blood type which can be crucial in a medical emergency for emergency personal to know. Keep in mind with this feature, no one will be able to access your phone’s data or make calls if you have your phone locked. It is truly for “In case of an emergency.”

Android Users Can Download The Quick App

If you have an Android phone, you can download an app called QuickIce. This ICE app helps Android cell phone users quickly access their ICE information even if the phone is locked. You must follow the prompts to add the app to your Android’s lock screen. For Samsung Galaxy users, you can utilize the Samsung contacts app that comes with your phone. Find ICE emergency contacts and add your ICE entry. They can now be accessed even from a locked phone screen by pressing the emergency call button.

How to add ice to your cell phone

Ever thought about what might happen if you were in a bad fall, car accident or other emergency situation that left you unable to communicate with responders? Considering that we’re inundated with scary news stories every day , it’s at least crossed your mind. And you may have decided the best course of action is to set up an ICE (in case of emergency) contact in your phone ― just in case.

Unfortunately, that’s probably not enough.

You should always password-protect your phone to prevent sensitive information from getting into the wrong hands. But that means creating an ICE number in your contacts won’t do you any good, because the person with your phone would have to know how to unlock it to find that information. A police officer who needs to contact a family member or an emergency room doctor who needs to know your blood type won’t be able to hack into your phone.

Fortunately, most of today’s smartphones come with a feature that allows you to enter ICE data that’s accessible from your phone’s lock screen, including emergency contacts and important medical information. And even if it doesn’t, there’s an easy way around it.

How to set up an iPhone emergency contact

All iPhones come with the Health app, which, along with tracking your steps and other health data, allows you to set up a medical ID. This will display basic personal information, important medical information and emergency contact numbers when accessed from your lock screen. Additionally, your emergency contacts will be automatically contacted and updated on your current location if you make a call using the Emergency SOS feature.

Follow these steps to set it up:

  1. Open the Health app on your phone.
  2. Select the “Medical ID” tab.
  3. Select “Edit” at the top of the screen.
  4. Make sure that the “Show When Locked” slider is green.
  5. Below, fill in the various fields. If there’s a section that isn’t relevant, such as “Medical Conditions” or “Allergies & Reactions,” it’s a good idea to write “N/A” or “None” instead of leaving it blank to avoid any confusion.
  6. At the bottom is the “Emergency Contacts” section; tap “add emergency contact” to create a new contact. Note that you need to have this person’s name and number saved in your phone’s contacts list in order for the app to pull it in.
  7. Once you’ve selected a contact, indicate their relationship to you.
  8. You can add more than one emergency contact; continue repeating steps six and seve until all your emergency contacts are added.

To test that your Medical ID contains all the information you added, lock your phone and then wake it back up to reveal the Touch ID/passcode lock screen. Tap “Emergency” in the corner to bring up the SOS keypad ― you’ll see the “Medical ID” link in the bottom left. Press this to bring up your ICE info as well as emergency numbers that can be tapped and dialed directly from that screen.

How to set up an Android emergency contact

There are a couple of ways to set up ICE contact information on an Android phone. First, you can add your info to the emergency information feature:

  1. Open the “Settings” app.
  2. Tap “User & accounts,” then “Emergency information.”
  3. To enter medical information, tap “Edit information” (you might have to tap “Info” first, depending on the version).
  4. There’s a separate section where you can enter emergency contacts; tap “Add contact” to add a person from your contacts list (you might have to tap “Contacts” first)

Once you have set this up, anyone can find your ICE information by swiping up on the lock screen and tapping “Emergency,” then “Emergency information.”

Another option is to add your ICE info directly to the lock screen. Android lets you put any message you want on your lock screen:

  1. Start by opening the “Settings” app
  2. Tap “Security & location.”
  3. Next to “Screen lock,” tap “Settings.”
  4. Tap “Lock screen message.”
  5. Enter the information you want displayed, such as your primary emergency contact and any medical conditions, and tap “Save.”

Some versions of Android may let you add emergency contacts and your medical information directly through the Contacts app. There, you can add contacts to your “ICE – emergency contacts” group and edit your own profile to include vital medical information.

The easy way to add ICE info to any smartphone

Other phones might have similar features for displaying ICE information on the lock screen. But even if yours doesn’t, there’s an easy workaround as long as you can set a custom lock screen image.

  1. Open any note-taking or image app that allows text.
  2. Type the ICE information you want displayed. Keep in mind you’ll need to account for other text that displays on the lock screen (like time and date) and ensure the text fits on one screen.
  3. Take a screenshot of the message you created.
  4. Set that image as your lock screen wallpaper.

Unlike with other emergency information apps built directly into the phone, your lock screen won’t allow emergency responders to dial directly. Even so, it’s better than having no information available at all, which could mean the difference between life and death.

Got your cell phone handy? Take a moment right now to put “ICE” by the names of the people you’d want called in case of emergency.

That’s what “ICE” stands for — “in case of emergency.”

The point is to let rescue workers, police, or doctors check your cell phone and reach the people you would want contacted if you’re in an accident or other emergency.

Most people don’t have ICE on their cell phones, but they’ll plug those letters into their cell phones once they learn why it’s important, a new study shows.

The study will be presented today in New Orleans, at the 37th annual scientific assembly of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

The researchers included Dennis McKenna, MD, of New York’s Albany Medical Center.

“We are often struggling to reach family members when a patient cannot speak to us, and the first place we might look is a cell phone,” McKenna says, in an ACEP news release.

“A family member or friend is one of our best resources for learning about the patient’s medical history,” he explains.

“Our study shows that people are very willing to program their phones as long as someone tells them why and how to do it, or even does it for them,” McKenna says.

ICE Info

McKenna’s team gave surveys to 423 emergency department patients.

Most of the 285 patients with cell phones didn’t know about ICE. Only 76 said they had heard of ICE and 26 said they had already put ICE in their cell phones.

Most of the patients who had their cell phones with them agreed to learn about ICE while in the emergency department.

Afterwards, 129 patients agreed to have ICE programmed into their cell phones while they were in the emergency department.

Some patients learned how to put ICE on their cell phones. The researchers offered to enter ICE into other patients’ cell phones.

“Once a visitor is in the emergency department, we can make the most of his or her time by teaching something valuable,” McKenna says.

“In the future, patients with ICE on their cell phone may help us give them the best possible treatment in a timely fashion,” he adds.

SOURCES: American College of Emergency Physicians’ 37th Annual Scientific Assembly, New Orleans, Oct. 15-18, 2006. News release, American College of Emergency Physicians.

Making sure your emergency contacts are always reachable is something we should all keep in mind. Our previous post covered how to set emergency contacts on an iOS device, so they could be contacted without unlocking the phone. For those of you with Android phones, the process may be different depending on which version of Android you have.

Setting Up Emergency Contacts – Pre Jellybean

Android Phones that pre-date the Jellybean update have In Case of Emergency (ICE) contacts as a default feature. To set this, go to your contacts and follow the below steps:

  1. Select the “Groups” tab.
  2. Select “ICE – Emergency Contacts”.
  3. Use the icon to the right of “Find contacts” (a plus sign) to add an emergency contact.
  4. Select or add a new contact to the group.
  5. All contacts in this group will be available from the lock screen, so you can call them without unlocking your phone

In This Video We Show You How To Set Up Emergency Information On A Motorola Device

Setting Up Emergency Contacts – Jellybean

Unfortunately this incredibly useful feature was removed from Android. Setting ICE information on other phones will depend upon which version of Android you use.

It may be that in your settings you have the ability to set a lock screen message and enter your information there. You might want to use the prefix “ICE” before an emergency contact phone number.

Please be aware, however, that anyone can see the information you provide if they have access to your phone.

The Simplest Solution?

As a easy solution which will work on almost any device, set your lockscreen wallpaper to a picture with your ICE number in one of the corners.

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How to add ice to your cell phone

Today’s issue is short but very important. We cover three Snippets:

– ICE your cell phone

– Two new ways scammers can take money out of your bank account

– Is it illegal for US citizens to participate in foreign lotteries?

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OK. Time to get started.

ICE your cell phone

ICE is an acronym that stands for “in case of emergency,” and it is a new idea that started in April and is spreading around the world.

After the London bombings, emergency workers had no idea which of the many phone numbers listed in cell phones of the injured and dead should be called.

The idea, which we understand was conceived by Bob Brotchie, a British paramedic, is to insert the word ICE before the people you’d like called in case of an emergency. That way, paramedics and other emergency workers will know whom to call.

For example, let’s say you want your husband, Steve Smith, and your mother, Jane Simon, to be called if there is an emergency. Your cell phone entries might be: ICE-Steve Smith and ICE-Mom Jane Simon.

Most paramedics now know what ICE means and they look for it. This saves them time, so your loved ones are contacted more quickly.

Tip: Always place ICE before more than one name in your cell phone in case the first person doesn’t answer right away. You can even use ICE1, ICE2, ICE3. to designate the order you’d like the paramedic to call people.

Added benefit: If you lose your cell phone and someone honest finds it, they’ll have more options of whom to call to get the phone back to you.

Action: Enter ICE before several names in your cell phone right now.

Two new ways scammers can take money out of your bank account

There are a number of ways for scammers to get money out of your bank account. One recent way is after the scammers get your bank account number (perhaps by stealing a check or a statement, or simply by having you write them a check), they can create unauthorized demand drafts.

Demand drafts are usually used to allow firms to make withdrawals from your account without you having to write a check each time. However, scammers are now creating phony demand drafts and using them to take money out of innocent people’s bank accounts.

Another method scammers are using to steal money from bank accounts is to print fraudulent checks based on the information on your check. Desktop publishing makes this quite easy.

Actions to take to protect yourself: Keep your checks in a safe spot. Be very careful whom you write a check to — once you’ve written someone a check, they then have all of your bank account information (except your password). Carefully review your bank statement regularly for unauthorized checks and transfers.

Is it illegal for US citizens to participate in foreign lotteries?

We heard from several law enforcement officials that there is an important point to add to our answer in last week’s question about foreign lotteries.

Here’s an example of the email we received that makes this point:

— Begin legitimate email

As a Police Officer who teaches identity theft prevention, I am often asked whether a particular foreign lottery is legitimate, or a scam.

The simple answer is that they are ALL scams. It is illegal to engage in the cross-border sale or purchase of lottery tickets by phone or mail.

Therefore, NO legitimate lottery is going to be contacting you or soliciting your business from a foreign country.

Don’t let greed prevail over common sense in these situations!

— End legitimate email

This is correct. According to the FTC, “it’s illegal for U.S. citizens to enter foreign sweepstakes and lotteries.”

Action: Delete all foreign lottery emails and throw away foreign lottery faxes and letters.

Time to close for this week. Please ICE your phone and be careful with your checks. See you next week.

Paramedic advocates cell phone store emergency contact information in their address books?

Claim: Paramedic advocates cell phone users store emergency contact information in their address books, but such entries leave phones vulnerable to attack.


Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]

Origins: One of the difficulties long faced by emergency services personnel is how to locate next of kin for (or obtain other necessary information about) a victim who is unconscious, dead, or otherwise unable to respond to questions. Even if the victim is carrying one or more forms of identification which have remained with him (such as a driver’s license), those items don’t necessarily provide information about where and how relatives or other interested parties can be reached, resulting in delays as officials try to track those people down through ancillary

This issue has been addressed through a variety of means over the years, as many people have taken to carrying lists of emergency contacts (and vital medical details) in their purses and wallets, or wearing items such as bracelets and necklaces with such information engraved on them.

Now, Bob Brotchie, a paramedic who works as a clinical team leader for the East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust has launched a campaign (sponsored by Vodafone’s annual Life Savers Awards) to get people to store “In Case of Emergency” (ICE) information in items that have become ubiquitous in many parts of the world: cell phones.

The scheme proposes that people enter ICE information into the address books of their cell phones, whence it can be retrieved by emergency workers. (This campaign is not a result of the terrorist bombings in London; it was underway well before those attacks occurred.)

According to Vodafone:

Bob, 41, who has been a paramedic for 13 years, said: “I was reflecting on some of the calls I’ve attended at the roadside where I had to look through the mobile phone contacts struggling for information on a shocked or injured person.

“It’s difficult to know who to call. Someone might have “mum” in their phone book but that doesn’t mean they’d want them contacted in an emergency.

“Almost everyone carries a mobile phone now, and with ICE we’d know immediately who to contact and what number to ring. The person may even know of their medical history.”

Some drawbacks to the proposed scheme come to mind:

    The cell phone has to remain with the victim (or otherwise be identifiable as his) in order to be of use. While most wallets and purses will contain some items bearing photographs that can be matched to their owners (such as driver’s licenses), a cell phone doesn’t necessarily provide any direct means of identifying its owner. And while any form of ID can become separated from the person bearing it, a cell phone is an object frequently carried in hand, greatly increasing the chances of its loss in an accident.

There are some other ancillary points about this scheme we should make as well:

    ICE entries are more likely to be of use to hospital personnel than paramedics; the latter don’t generally have the time or the need to go searching for that type of information.

We tell people: Add ICE to your cell phone only after you’ve affixed similar information to (or near) the official photo identification you routinely carry in your wallet.

With so many types and brands of wireless phones, it can take precious minutes to learn how to access a phone’s directory. Many wireless devices are also found to be locked, damaged or have discharged batteries following an incident, rendering ICE unusable.

Please do encourage your interested friends and colleagues to make an ICE entry in their cell phone, especially if it will give them peace of mind — but not at the expense of written emergency contact and medical information.

Following quickly on the heels of advisories to add “ICE” entries to mobile phones were hoax warnings that doing so would trigger premium charges thanks to malicious text messages or viruses randomly sent to phones to scan for such entries:

I am very sorry to report that some small minded idiot has created a text message that is being sent out randomly to mobile phone users, this text has a programme included that searches your phones address book for the word “ICE” or “I.C.E” and if found, you are charged for a premium rate message.

It is a real shame that this sort of abuse happens, could I please ask all of you that have added ICE to your phone address book to remove it immediately. I am very sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.

You know the email that’s gone round saying put ICE then a contact number in case of emergency? Well don’t do it cos….

Be very careful with this one – although the intention is great it is unfortunately phase one of a phone based virus that is laying a path for propagating very quickly. Passing it on is part of the virus interestingly, such is the deviousness of the people who write these things.

We have already seen the “second phase” where a program is sent as part of a ring-tone download that goes into your address book and looks for something it recognises – you’ve guessed it, an address book entry marked “ICE or I.C.E.” or whatever. It then sends itself to the “ICE list”, charging you for the privilege.

These warnings are hoaxes; no such danger exists. As the East Anglian Ambulance service noted on their web site:

The ICE (In Case of Emergency) scheme gained widespread coverage in the wake of Thursday’s London bombings as word spread by email throughout the world.

People can add into the mobile’s address book ICE and the name and number of the person they would like contacted in an emergency.

But a subsequent email circulated by malicious hoaxers suggests that ICE is a type of mobile phone virus which accesses your address book and drains pay-as-you-go phones of its credits.

Matt Ware, spokesman for the East Anglian Ambulance Service, asked people to ignore the hoax email.

“I have been inundated with emails and phone calls from people worried that, having put ICE into their mobiles, they are now going to be charged for the privilege,” he added.

“We would like to assure people that that’s not the case. Whoever began this second email chain is obviously a malicious person with way too much time on their hands.”

Reader Michael liked our post about adding an ICE (in case of emergency) contact to your phone's address book and decided to improve on the idea:

Add an ICE contact to your cell phone

Reader Pascal writes in with a tip for storing an 'In Case of Emergency' contact on your cell…

My wife's work number is listed as 'Alice Work,' but I have also added a separate entry: 'Spouse – Alice Work.' I have repeated this process for brothers, sisters, parents-in-law, etc.

In other words, Michael has duplicated important numbers and renamed them so they list the relationship first. That way, if he's ever in an accident and unable to speak, the EMS folks will have an easy time locating emergency contacts. To me that sounds like an even more effective solution than ICE, which not everyone knows to look for.


@Spidermedic – I agree totally. I'm a medic in the Philadelphia area, and I can say that we certainly don't have "ICE" as a standard at all. In fact, if you asked around here, I think all you'd get is a strange look.

I will say though that I have used cell phones to try to find emergency contacts as well, and in almost all circumstances, I've been able to find something fairly obvious – like "Home" or "Mom."

Best idea? Carry some sort of ID. Carrying an emergency phone number in your wallet with your license is something I've seen done as well, and that helps a lot.

Lastly, I think something else useful is the owner information that most phones have now. I, for one, have my name shown right on the screen. This is mainly because I have a tendency to lose my phone, but it's very useful if someone needs to identify me.

With Emergency SOS, you can quickly and easily call for help and alert your emergency contacts.

How to add ice to your cell phone

Here’s how it works

When you make a call with SOS, your iPhone automatically calls the local emergency number. In some countries and regions, you might need to choose the service that you need. For example, in China mainland you can choose police, fire, or ambulance.

You can also add emergency contacts. After an emergency call ends, your iPhone alerts your emergency contacts with a text message, unless you choose to cancel. Your iPhone sends them your current location, and, for a period of time after you enter SOS mode, it sends updates to your emergency contacts when your location changes.

Call emergency services

Here’s how to make the call on iPhone 8 or later:

How to add ice to your cell phone

  1. Press and hold the side button and one of the Volume buttons until the Emergency SOS slider appears.
  2. Drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services. If you continue to hold down the side button and Volume button, instead of dragging the slider, a countdown begins and an alert sounds. If you hold down the buttons until the countdown ends, your iPhone automatically calls emergency services.

Here’s how to make the call on iPhone 7 or earlier:

  1. Rapidly press the side (or top) button five times. The Emergency SOS slider will appear. (In India, you only need to press the button three times, then your iPhone automatically calls emergency services.)
  2. Drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services.

After the call ends, your iPhone sends your Emergency contacts a text message with your current location, unless you choose to cancel. If Location Services is off, it will temporarily turn on. If your location changes, your contacts will get an update, and you’ll get a notification about 10 minutes later.

If you use the Emergency SOS shortcut, you need to enter your passcode to re-enable Touch ID, even if you don’t complete a call to emergency services.

Stop sharing your location

When your location is being shared, you’ll get a reminder to stop every 4 hours for 24 hours. To stop the updates, tap the status bar and select "Stop Sharing Emergency Location."

End a call

If you start the countdown by accident, you can cancel. On iPhone 8 or later, release the side button and Volume button. On iPhone 7 or earlier, press the Stop button, then tap Stop Calling.

If you accidentally call emergency services, you can end the call. Tap , then confirm that you want to stop calling.

How to add ice to your cell phone

Add emergency contacts

  1. Open the Health app and tap your profile picture .
  2. Tap Medical ID.
  3. Tap Edit, then scroll to Emergency Contacts.
  4. Tap the add button to add an emergency contact.
  5. Tap a contact, then add their relationship.
  6. Tap Done to save your changes.

You can’t set emergency services as an SOS contact.

Remove emergency contacts

  1. Open the Health app and tap your profile picture .
  2. Tap Medical ID.
  3. Tap Edit, then scroll to Emergency Contacts.
  4. Tap the delete button next to a contact, then tap Delete.
  5. Tap Done to save your changes.

How to add ice to your cell phone

Turn off Auto Call

When Auto Call is on and you try to make an emergency call, your iPhone begins a countdown and sounds an alert. After the countdown ends, your iPhone automatically calls emergency services.

Here’s how to change the setting:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Emergency SOS.
  3. Turn Auto Call on or off.

If you turn off this setting, you can still use the Emergency SOS slider to make a call.

Change how you call

On iPhone 8 or later, you can choose to call by pressing the side button five times. Here’s how to change the setting:

How to add ice to your cell phone

That Medical ID button can make all the difference in an emergency.

As we’re almost always carrying them, phones can be a valuable tool in an emergency . In the unfortunate event that you get into an accident or someone finds you unconscious, you surely want those closest to you to know what’s going on and to have a way to give first responders vital information about you.

Older phones had an ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact listing in the contacts section of the phone, but phones have become smarter and now go beyond a simple ICE contact.

Take a few minutes right now and, at the very least, set up your emergency contacts and enter any medical conditions you have that emergency personnel should be aware of.


iPhone users need to set up a Medical ID, which provides any necessary medical information (like drug allergies and existing conditions) to first responders. Additionally, it will also provide emergency contact information so they’ll know how to reach your loved ones.

If you’ve never opened the Health app on your iPhone, you’ll be prompted to enter your information the first time. However, if you skipped setup or you’ve forgotten what you entered, these are the steps you need to follow:

How to add ice to your cell phone

Setting up your Medical ID info on an iPhone takes just a few minutes.

Screenshots by Jason Cipriani/CNET

1. Open the Health app and select the Medical ID tab.

2. If prompted, tap Create Medical ID.

3. Otherwise, tap Edit.

4. Enter any information you want to be available to emergency responders.

5. Make sure Show When Locked is turned on. This will allow your Medical ID information to be accessed from your iPhone’s lock screen.

6. At the bottom of the Medical ID screen is a section for emergency contacts. The contacts will need to be people who are already listed in your Contacts app. After you select a contact, the Health app will ask the person’s relation to you.

A cool sidenote: If you use the iPhone’s SOS feature , your emergency contacts will get a message saying it was triggered with your current location.

Now, if something were to happen to you, a helpful stranger, cop or paramedic could view your emergency information from your iPhone’s lock screen.

If you are that helpful stranger, you can find an iPhone owner’s Medical ID with just a few taps. Swipe up on the lock screen, or if it’s an older iPhone, press the home button twice to bring up the prompt to enter a PIN code. Below the keyboard, on the left side of the screen, an Emergency option will appear; tap it, followed by Medical ID.


The process of adding emergency contacts to an Android phone depends on what company makes it. For example, Samsung users will need to use the Contacts app, while Google Pixel users will need to use the Google app.

How to add ice to your cell phone

There are a couple of different places Android users will have to look to enter emergency information.

Screenshots by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Android phones not from Samsung

Open the Settings app, scroll to the bottom and select About phone > Emergency Information. If you don’t see emergency information in that section, try this: Open Settings > Users & accounts > Emergency information.

Regardless of how you got to the Emergency Information screen, once there you can tap on the pencil icon to edit your medical information and add emergency contacts.

If the instructions above don’t apply to your phone, lock your phone and swipe up on the screen to bring up the prompt for your unlock method (PIN, pattern, etc.). Tap on the Emergency or Emergency Call button.

Swiping and tapping the button is also how first responders can view your information.

How to add ice to your cell phone

Samsung’s Contacts app is where you can enter your emergency info.

Screenshots by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Own a Samsung phone?

Samsung phones rely on the Contacts app for emergency contacts and medical info. Setup is straightforward: Open the Contacts app, then tap on your name at the top of the screen.

Scroll to the bottom of your profile page, where you’ll find the emergency section. The first option is where you can enter any medical conditions you may have, allergies, medications and blood type. Tap Save when you’re done.

Select Emergency contacts to add up to three people to your emergency list.

To view emergency contact information on a Samsung phone, swipe up on the lock screen and then tap Emergency Call.

Setting up your emergency contacts is a simple way to help those who are trying to help you get all of the necessary information, but hopefully, it’s something you’ll never need.