Our Android devices are amazing tools that can help us do many things. From communicating with video calls to writing documents and searching the Internet, these devices are powerful. One feature we may not have considered, however, is the ability to protect us. Android has a few personal safety features built in that can help us in the case of an emergency. Here is how you can set up your Android phone for an emergency.
Android lets users add emergency information to their lock screens without much hassle. To do this, simply go into your device’s settings and select “About phone,” followed by “Emergency information.”
Under “Emergency information,” you can add information such as medical information and emergency contacts. You can also choose to receive crisis alerts.
Under “Medical information,” you can add your blood type, any known allergies you have, medications you take, your address, general medical notes, and whether you’re an organ donor.
Personal Safety App (Google Pixel Phones Only)
The personal safety app allows users to share emergency information with contacts and possibly emergency services.
With the personal safety app, you can share your location in real-time with an emergency contact. This is useful if you’re in an unsafe situation and want to keep someone updated about where you are at all times. This could be useful for walking home late at night or for early morning runs.
You can also set up a time for your phone to check in on you if you are placed in an uncertain situation. If no response has been received by the app after a check-in, then emergency sharing will automatically start.
The personal safety app also includes car crash detection. This allows your phone to detect if you’ve been in a severe car crash if car crash detection is enabled. Your phone will vibrate loudly and attempt to verify if you’re okay or if you need help. You can choose to call or not call emergency services.
If you don’t respond, your phone will turn on the speakerphone and attempt to call emergency services. It will inform them that an accident occurred and share your approximate location. You will be able to speak over the automated message if you’re able to do so.
This feature is only available on the Google Pixel 3, 4, and 5.
Turn on Emergency Location Sharing
To turn on this feature, go to Location in Settings, and under Advanced, turn on “Emergency Location Service.”
With the Emergency Location Service (ELS), if it is supported in your area, when you call an emergency number, your device will automatically send your location to emergency responders.
It’s a good idea to have your Android device set up in case of an emergency, since you never know when an emergency will happen. These personal safety features and apps can help you set it up in a few minutes. If you have Google Assistant enabled, you can also set up an emergency routine. Also, don’t forget about these Android apps that can save your life in an emergency.