Your Android phone just got an update that could save your life

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When you’re in an emergency, every additional matters. And if you already accept your bloom advice on your phone, it’s activity to be alike easier than anytime to get that analytical advice over to operatorsm Now, back you accomplish an emergency alarm on your Android phone, your bloom advice can be beatific anon to emergency casework back you alarm 911.

This new affection amend is fabricated accessible due to Google partnering with RapidSOS to acquiesce abstracts from Android ELS (Emergency Location Service) to be accustomed to emergency contacts and aboriginal responders. The blazon of abstracts that we’re talking about is analytical medical advice that can save your life, such as claret type, emergency contacts, and astringent allergies. This is all advice that the user sets up and is stored locally on their Android device.

RapidSOS goes into added detail in a blog post:

“Today, RapidSOS is aflame to allotment that we are accretion our abutment for Android ELS to acquiesce emergency responders application RapidSOS to get analytical medical advice and emergency acquaintance abstracts beatific anon from Android devices. Depending on what users share, this advice may accommodate addition name, allergies, medications, preexisting conditions, emergency contacts, and more.”

You will charge Android 12 or after to see this new opt-in advantage for medical advice sharing. The emergency abstracts can be beatific either back calling or sending an SMS bulletin to emergency numbers.

A being captivation the OnePlus 11 and Google Pixel 8.OnePlus 11 (left) and Google Pixel 8 Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

The way to accredit this affection may alter amid Android phones. On Google Pixel accessories — like the Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro — it can be begin in the Personal Safety app. With added phones, such as Samsung devices, it will vary; you can try the Google Personal Safety app if you accept it or added agnate apps from the manufacturer.

If you do accept the Personal Safety app, artlessly go to Your Info > Emergency Access > Share during emergency call.

It’s abundant to see Android assuredly get this affection because it can absolutely save your activity back you charge it. Apple has already been accomplishing this in the accomplished few years with Medical ID, area your advice can be aggregate with emergency aboriginal responders on a alarm (in the U.S. and Canada), and they can appearance it on the lock awning of your iPhone and Apple Watch.

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Christine Romero-Chan

Christine Romero-Chan has been autograph about technology, accurately Apple, for over a decade. She accelerating from California…

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