When you’re out on your own, and something goes wrong, it can be unnerving. There may be no one to turn to for help, or you may not know who to ask for assistance. For example, if you get lost in a strange place or have a car accident, it is advisable to put emergency contacts on your Samsung Android lock screen. This way, in case of an emergency, people around you will be able to access your information and give you the aid that you need.
This can be especially helpful if you are involved in an accident like say, a car crash and lose consciousness. You should always ensure that there is a way for authorities to contact your loved ones and let them know your situation.
Equally important is that first responders also have access to your medical history. This is very critical especially if you suffer from any allergies or require any kind of special first aid. Having the right information at the onset, helps first responders to be able to give you the right medical treatment and to ensure that there are no complications otherwise.
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What is an Emergency Contact on Android?
Android has come a long way in ensuring that your safety is never comprised. While, it does have stringent security checks, like Face ID and strong passcodes, to help protect your data, Android is also cognisant of the fact that sometimes your critical information is needed and you just might not be in a position to give it yourself.
This is where Safety and Emergency comes into the picture.
Android provides a solution where in you can put your medical information and the contact details of your loved ones on the Lock Screen. This information can be accessed by anyone without risking any of your other data or compromising your privacy.
This way, your loved ones are the first to be contacted in an emergency, so that they are aware of your situation, and your medical information can also be accessed by the concerned people, in order to give you the right medical aid.
How to add an Emergency Contact to your Samsung Android Lock Screen
It is pretty simple to add your loved ones’ contact details as an emergency contact on your Android phone.
Here is how:
- Open Settings
- Scroll down to Safety and emergency and tap on it.
- Tap on Emergency Contacts.
Here, if you already have set up favorite contacts and defined your relationship in your contact card, then android will by default make its own recommendations as to your emergency contacts.
If you are satisfied with the default ones, then let it be, else tap on edit and make your changes.
And that’s it, you are good to go now as you have learned how to put emergency contacts on lock screen.
Note: It’s always advisable to add at least 2 or more contacts as emergency contacts. This is advised, just in case, somebody’s phone is switched off or they cannot pick up the phone. Hence always add at least one backup to your Emergency Contact.
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How to Add Medical Information to Your Android Lock Screen
Similar to adding Emergency Contacts on Android Lock Screen, you can also add your medical information to your Samsung Galaxy Lock Screen.
This is particularly helpful for first aid responders. This is also very useful when you have to pull up your all health information and display it to a doctor. As this information contains all your medical history and the medications you are currently on, it becomes easier for a medical practitioner to be able to have all the information at a glance.
You can also add information such as Medical Notes or any Allergies or Reactions that you may have.
Here is how to add medical information to your Android Lock Screen:
- Head to Settings.
- Scroll down to Safety and Emergency and Tap on it.
- Tap on Medical Info.
- Tap on Edit.
- You can now add all your medical conditions, your current medications, your allergies, and other medical information.
- Tap on Done when you have finished adding your details
How to enable Emergency Access on Lock Screen
With the above steps, you have now entered all your emergency contacts and your medical information into the Android system.
This is by default available on the Lock Screen.
Unlike iPhones, we don’t have to give special permission or enable it.
Your emergency contact details and your medical information would be automatically available for access from the lock screen, as soon as you add your details in the Safety and Emergency settings.
How to access Emergency SOS on Android Lock Screen
It is very simple to access your Emergency Data on Lock Screen.
If your mobile is locked, simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen, this will display the keypad for entering the passcode.
Tap on emergency call.
You can now make calls to emergency services like 911 and to your emergency contacts from the locked screen.
Towards the bottom left, tap on Medical Info on the bottom left.
This will display your medical info as well as show your emergency contacts. A call then can be made to your emergency contacts.
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How to send Emergency SOS on Samsung Galaxy phone and Galaxy Watch
If you’ve ever had an emergency and needed to call 911, you know how frustrating it can be. When most people reach for their phone and see the “911” icon, they expect to be able to quickly and easily contact emergency services. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
That’s where Emergency SOS comes in. It’s a feature that allows you to send a message to emergency services without having to unlock your phone or even dial numbers yourself.
How does Emergency SOS on Android work?
First, go into your Settings app on your Samsung mobile and then select Safety and emergency. You’ll see seven options:
Medical Info – Select this option to edit and store all your medical information. You can store your Allergies, current medications, Blood type, and any other information that you deem necessary.
Emergency Contacts – This option allows you to select contacts, who you want to put as emergency contacts. You can choose from frequently contacted contacts or any other contact from your phone book.
Wireless emergency alerts– Enabling this option, will allow you to receive emergency alerts from the authorities. You can get real-time alerts such as AMBER alerts, Extreme threats, and Severe threats.
Emergency Location Service- Enable this option to send your location along with the emergency call or text placed by you.
Silence notifications while driving- By toggling ON this option, your mobile will automatically turn on Do Not Disturb (DND) mode, while driving. This will silence all calls and text alerts and notifications.
Emergency mode- Selecting this mode, puts your mobile into emergency mode. This will turn your Home Screen to Dark mode, in order to use less battery. It will also restrict access to other third-party apps and features. You will only be able to use Messages, Contacts, and Emergency Calls.
Panic Mode– Press the Power key 3 times quickly. This will place a call to your emergency services. You can also set it so, that it also sends an SOS message to your emergency contacts, along with your location.
Note- You must toggle ON in Send SOS messages.
In some countries and regions, you might need to choose the service that you need. For example, in China mainland, you can choose which emergency service needs to be notified- police, fire, or ambulance.
You need to enter in your information such as medical Information and Emergency Contacts through this menu, for Emergency SOS and alerts to work.
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How to send Emergency SOS on Android
- Press the side button quickly 3 times.
- This will trigger the Emergency SOS and a countdown will appear on your screen.
After that, your emergency SOS will be sent.
How to send Emergency SOS on the Galaxy Watch
In case, you want to send an Emergency SOS from your Galaxy watch, then just press the side button or power button 3 times. This will trigger the SOS alert.
How to cancel Emergency SOS on Samsung Galaxy
If you have accidentally triggered or entered the Emergency SOS mode, and you want to cancel it, then make sure that you press the cancel option during the countdown timer.
If the call has already been placed, then just hit the hang-up button, and the call will be ended.
To wrap it up, I would just like to reiterate it is very crucial that you add your emergency contacts and your medical information on your Samsung Galaxy lock screen.
It’s better to have the information and not need it than to not have it and regret it later.
After all, it could be a matter of life or death someday.