Create an emergency medical ID
A medical ID provides information about you that may be important in an emergency, like allergies and medical conditions. Your Apple Watch can display this information so that it’s available for someone attending to you in an emergency.
Tip: Having an emergency medical ID that includes your date of birth is particularly important for those who are 65 and older. Apple Watch Series 4 and later includes fall detection, which is turned on by default if you’re 65 and older (it can be optionally turned on if you’re under 65).
Set up your medical ID
Open the Health app on your iPhone.
Tap your profile picture at the top right, then tap Medical ID.
Tap Get Started, then enter your information.
View your medical ID on Apple Watch
On your Apple Watch, hold the side button until the sliders appear.
Drag the Medical ID slider to the right.
If you don’t see your medical ID when you hold the side button on your Apple Watch, open the Health app on your iPhone, tap your profile picture, tap Medical ID, tap Edit, then turn on Show When Locked. To hide your medical ID when your Apple Watch is locked, turn off Show When Locked.
Tip: Add emergency contacts to your medical ID, and your Apple Watch alerts them if you make an Emergency SOS call to emergency services. See Make an emergency phone call on Apple Watch.
Fall detection with Apple Watch (Apple Watch Series 4 and later only)
With fall detection enabled, if Apple Watch Series 4 or later detects a hard fall, it can help connect you to emergency services and send a message to your emergency contacts. If Apple Watch detects that you have been immobile for about a minute, it will make a call to emergency services automatically.
If you entered your age when you set up your Apple Watch or in the Health app and you’re age 65 and over, this feature is turned on automatically. If you’re younger than 65, you can turn on fall detection on Apple Watch Series 4 and later by following these steps:
Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
Tap My Watch, tap Emergency SOS, then turn on Fall Detection.
Note: If you turn off Wrist Detection, Apple Watch Series 4 and later won’t automatically make an emergency call even after it has detected a hard impact fall.
For more information, see the Apple Support article Use fall detection with Apple Watch Series 4 and later.