How to access Medical ID from iOS 10’s lock screen on iPhone/iPad

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With iOS 10, Apple has redesigned its lock screen, making it much easier and quicker for users to access their important data. The introduction of Widgets and removal of the iconic “Slide to unlock” might not be revolutionary, but these changes are worth your attention. From now on, you can do a lot more right from your phone’s lock screen besides checking notifications and time/date. One of the new features is that you can access a number of Apple’s built-in apps directly from iOS 10’s lock screen.

Apple’s stock Health app is a great app that tracks your various physical activities like walking and running. However, to get the most out of the app, you are supposed to create a Medical ID and with iOS 10, you can access it right from your lock screen without even launching the app.

In this article, we will walk you through steps to access Medical ID from iOS 10’s lock screen. If don’t know how to do it, make sure you keep reading to find down how

How to access Medical ID from iOS 10’s lock screen on iPhone/iPad

Before we get started, make sure that you have your own Medical ID and enabled the “Show When Locked” feature.  Assuming that you have created a Medical ID on your iPhone and you have turned on the “Show When Locked” feature, let’s proceed with step-by-step instructions.

Step one: First and foremost, press the home button on your iPhone until you see the passcode screen.

Step two: Once the passcode screen appears on your iPhone, all you have to do is to tap on the Emergency button at the bottom left corner of the screen.


Step three: On the next screen, tap on the Medical ID at the bottom left. After that, you will see your Medical ID.


Step four: You can check your information or make a call. Once you are done, all you have to do is to tap on Done at the top right corner.


How to block Medical ID access from iOS 10’s lock screen on iPhone/iPad

Medical ID contains many personal information that you don’t want bring to light. However, bad news is that everyone can access your Medical ID from your lock screen, which could be dangerous. Therefore, blocking its casual access seems to be the best option if you want to keep your information away from prying eyes. To do that, you can follow the steps below:

Step one: The first thing you need to do is open the Health app from your Home screen and tap on Medical tab located at the bottom right corner of the screen.

Step two: Next up, you are supposed to tap on the Edit button to proceed.

Step three: On the next screen, you will notice that the switch next to “Show When Locked” is now turned on and all you have to do is to toggle it off.


Step four:  Tap on Done to save changes.

Once you are done, lock your phone and Medical ID will no longer accessed from the lock screen. If you change your mind, repeat the process and turn on the switch.

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