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This is the emergency pass

Everyone can set up a digital emergency pass themselves on their Android smartphone or iPhone. In an emergency, first aiders, rescue workers or doctors can then call up information on health.

You decide which information you save. If you allow it, anyone can access your emergency data - even if their cell phone is locked.

In addition to emergency contacts, you can store information on blood group, allergies, medication and illnesses, for example.

You can also enter your first and last name, address and date of birth, and on iOS and some Android devices also the weight, height and information on organ donation. Android users can also add any data they want.

Who can create an emergency pass?

Anyone with a newer smartphone. With Android, the emergency pass has been on board since version 7.0.

With iPhones, the function has been integrated in the preinstalled health app since iOS version 8; older versions can be downloaded from the app store. As of iOS 11, users can use the "Emergency SOS" function to automatically send a text message to the local rescue service and their own emergency contacts.

Set up an emergency pass on iOS

Navigate to on your iPhone or iPad. First, you can set whether you allow access in an emergency. By default, the slider is set to "Show in blocked state". In addition to information about yourself, they can enter your health data.

Below is the option to enter emergency contacts. To do this, tap on Emergency Contact and then select numbers from your phone book. The relationship to the contact (e.g. parent, sister, friend) can also be specified. Then tap at the top right.

Set up an emergency pass on Android

Basically two ways are possible. With some smartphone manufacturers only one works, with others both.

Way 1: On the lock screen, tap. You will then need to unlock your screen, after which you can enter information and select emergency contacts from your phone book.

Way 2: Open the device settings and there the menu item (sometimes also or). There you can tap the point and edit it.

For Samsung devices with Android 7 or 8.0 the following works: Open the Contacts app and navigate to. Enter your emergency information here. You can select contacts below under ICE emergency contacts (ICE = In Case of Emergency).

Find information in an emergency

If you are a first aid worker and would like to call up an accident victim's emergency information on their smartphone, you can reach them directly via the lock screen. To do this, activate the screen and then tap on (Apple) or (Android).

In the next view, the iPhone and Samsung devices have buttons for the emergency pass at the bottom left. On Huawei, Motorola and Sony, the Emergency Information button appears above the keypad. Tap the button to view health information and emergency contacts.

Health data are sensitive

Health data are particularly sensitive personal data. Therefore, before determining emergency information, weigh the risk first.

An emergency pass only makes sense if first aiders can access it in the blocked state. But that also means that everyone else can access it if your device is lost or you leave it somewhere. Some manufacturers, including Apple, Samsung and Sony, will inform you of this fact before your data is saved.

Therefore, only enter information that you do not fear that it could cause damage in the wrong hands.

If you want to be sure that rescue workers can clearly identify you via your smartphone, you should also enter your name on the device - directly in the emergency pass or as a message on the lock screen.


  • If entering your health data on your mobile phone is too tricky for you, you can alternatively pass it on to your emergency contacts, who you will pass on in an emergency.
  • Anyone who travels abroad often should save their emergency numbers in the international format (+49 ...).
  • The emergency pass can also be useful if a cell phone is lost - if an emergency contact is stored, the finder can contact you about it.

How safe is my data?

With both Apple and Android, the data from the emergency pass is saved locally on the device and not transferred to the Internet.

Apple explicitly points out in the iPhone menu that the stored data will not be shared with other apps. According to its own statement, Samsung does not have access to the data; other manufacturers of Android devices do not provide any explicit information.

To the best of our knowledge, data from the emergency pass cannot currently be read by Android apps. Should this change with the further development of the Android system, we will inform you about it here.

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