Do you have Emergency Contact in your cellphone?
Almost every cellphone comes with an Emergency Call screen that allows you to call 911, and I think this is a wonderful feature. However, I truly believe that this screen should be accessible to the phone owner so that s/he can set at least one personal contact number for an emergency or lost phone case.
Unfortunately that's not the case, and this feature has been locked by the cellular companies, and my best guess is that this has been done on purpose, probably to create and sell apps that offer this feature, and/or the purchase of future phone models that will probably have this option available.
I do realize the importance of having emergency contact easily accessible on your phone, and because I am too frugal to pay for an app (though some might be free), I decided to create my own, and add exactly what I want to add as my Emergency Contact Information.
To be honest, these tricks are not rocket science at all, and probably many of you have already thought of this. But for those that have not, here it is.
All you really need is any app that allows you to place text on a cell phone picture, or you can even use Microsoft Word (but the process is a little bit longer this way).
Just take any picture that you would like to use as you locked-screen image, load it into the app, and add an Emergency/Lost Phone message, including the number/s to call. After that, load the picture as your Locked Phone Screen, so it shows at a glance if anyone finds your phone, or even worse, if you are found unconscious in a medical-related situation . . . how simple is that? By far this is my favorite option, as the information displays on your cellphone at a glance!
I used InstaSize app, but you can really use any, as there are plenty of free apps that allow you to add text to your photos. Studio Design is another pretty good one, and it is also free.
This is how my iphone screen looks! (Please read couple of safety tips below!)
This option is good for phones that allow you to search Contacts through Voice Command only.
This is how your Contact should look like. Now . . .
Now, you need to load a picture or image with a note that says something like "For Emergency Contact, Please Use Voice Command: Call Emergency".
Once a person uses the voice command to "Call Emergency": The screen will display the contact number/s that you created under that contact, and they'll be able to dial the number directly from your cellphone.
This is how the search result will look like.
This is a great option, but there are couple of reasons why I still prefer Option 1:
For iphone owners, there is an app that comes with your phone called Health, that allows you to create a Medical ID that includes any medical conditions, and contact phone numbers. Once created, it will appear at the bottom left corner of your iphone, listed as Medical ID in red text.
However, even though it is a great option, it does not show at a glance, and a person will find it only if they know about this feature. (You have to slide the screen to unlock, and press on the Emergency link, to be able to see it).
So, no matter which option you choose, do one of them! By doing it, not only you can be saved in case of a medical-related emergency, but you might be saving hundreds of dollars in the horrible case you lose you phone . . . after all, there are still honest people in this world, that will return it if they find it!
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