Did you know your iPhone could save your life? It could if you set it up right and if the people around you know about it.

Here’s how you access your Medical Information1. While the iPhone is locked, press on the home button. (Don’t press too hard or too long or you’ll bring up Siri; just press once.) That will bring up the password entry screen. At the top of the screen, you’ll see the Emergency button. Tap that and you’ll see the emergency dialer. At the bottom left, you will see Medical ID.

Got it? Good. Now you know how to do it, show it to your spouse, to your kids, to your co-workers, anyone who may need to access it if you’re unconscious and getting medical attention.

Of course, it won’t do any good if you don’t put your medical information in there in the first place. Unlock your iPhone and open the Health app. In the lower right of the app’s main screen, tap on Medical ID. Either click on Create Medical ID or scroll down until you see “Edit” in the lower right.

Now you can enter all your various medical conditions, blood type, medications, emergency contact information, and other medical notes. I put in mine that I’m a Catholic and that they should contact a Catholic priest.

The more people that know about this, the better off we all will be.

  1. I do not know if Android or Windows Phone have this feature. They should.

Domenico Bettinelli, Jr., is a father of five and husband, a Roman Catholic, born in Boston, educated at Franciscan University of Steubenville, who has worked in Catholic media--print, broadcast, and online--since the mid-90s. Find out all about Dom on his About Me page.