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How to add emergency contacts on a Samsung Galaxy phone

Better safe than sorry.

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Our gadgets are a big part of our lives, so adding health and safety features makes sense. For Samsung Galaxy owners, you will want to know how to add emergency contacts.

If you own a Galaxy, you can add emergency contacts and medical info that is accessible even when the device is locked.

The two safety tools not only help you call in the cavalry when things get dicey, but they also help first responders better navigate the situation if you’re incapacitated.

Both features are simple to set up and easy to access. Let’s discuss how to add emergency contacts and medical info to your Samsung Galaxy phone.

How to add emergency contacts to a Samsung phone

If you have someone you’d like contacted in an emergency, here’s how to add an emergency contact to a Samsung Galaxy phone.

  1. Open the Contacts app on your phone and tap your profile name samsung contacts

  2. Scroll down and select Emergency contactssamsung contacts profile

  3. Tap the Edit icon samsung contacts emergency

  4. Tap Add member (samsung-contacts-emergency-edit.jpg)samsung contacts emergency edit

  5. Select an emergency contact and tap Done. To use someone as an emergency contact, you must have them added in the Contacts app samsung contacts emergency select

  6. Tap Save to complete the process samsung contacts emergency save

Once you’ve added one or more emergency contacts, you—or someone else—can call them from the lock screen without unlocking your phone.

To do so, simply swipe up to display the unlock prompt, Then, tap Emergency call, and select the appropriate contact.

How to add medical information to a Samsung phone

As well as adding emergency contacts, you can also add medical info that’s accessible when your phone is locked. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Open the Contacts app on your phone and tap your profile name
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  1. Scroll down and select Medical info, read the prompt, and tap Confirm
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  1. Enter your medical info and tap Save
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Now, when you attempt to make an emergency call while the phone is locked, a Medical info button will appear on the keypad once you’ve added the information.

Is adding emergency contacts a good idea?

Having emergency contacts on your phone can make life easier. It provides a way for others to contact people on your behalf.

On top of that, if you have a serious medical condition or you’re taking medication, adding your medical info could help first responders better understand the situation in an emergency.

However, anyone who picks up your phone will have access to this information, so it would be wise to avoid adding anything you wouldn’t want falling into the wrong hands.

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Matt is an Australian writer with a degree in creative and critical writing. Prior to commencing his studies, he worked in tech support and gained valuable insights into technology and its users. He is also an editor and author coach at Dean Publishing.

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