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The simple iPhone hack that could save your life

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Smartphones have become a permanent fixture in most of our lives. From storing our emails to feeding us updates from friends across the globe (thank you, social media) and even reminding us of our mum's birthday, the humble smartphone has more uses than a Swiss army knife.

But, did you know that your iPhone could save your life?

The iPhone has a nifty feature in its free 'Health' app which can let hospital staff know your medical history, allergy information, medical conditions, blood type, donor status and emergency contact’s details – even if your phone is locked!

This feature means that if you happen to be unconscious or unable to communicate, someone else can use your phone to call for an ambulance and let the '000' operator know essential information without needing your passcode to unlock the phone.

The application can also share your weight, height and current medications – all important details if you're incapacitated and an ambulance officer needs to administer emergency medication.

To find the information from the phone's locked screen, simply tap the 'Emergency' icon on the bottom left of the screen and then hit 'Medical ID' (also on the bottom left).

If you want to update your medical information, locate the 'Health' app on your iPhone and then tap on the 'Medical ID' icon on the bottom right of the screen. You can edit this screen to add in as much or as little detail as you wish.

Not only could your smartphone potentially save your life, but it can also be such a useful tool for tracking and improving your ongoing health. We've put together an article on 3 apps that are more fact than fad that reveals some mHealth apps that can help improve your eyesight, reduce stress and aid stroke recovery.

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