[Fox News] In Case of Emergency iPhone shortcut could save your life

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If you ever find yourself in a dangerous or life-threatening situation, you might not have time to call for help or explain your condition. 

That’s why it’s important to have a quick and easy way to alert your trusted contacts and let them know where you are and how they can help you.

Fortunately, there is a shortcut on your iPhone that can do just that. It’s called the In Case of Emergency shortcut, and it can send a message to your emergency contacts with your location and display a message on your screen with any relevant information.

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This shortcut can be a lifesaver in many scenarios, such as If you have a medical condition that requires immediate attention, such as an allergic reaction, a heart attack or a seizure. You are in a car accident and need assistance. If you are being attacked or threatened by someone and need to escape or defend yourself. You are lost or stranded in a remote area and need rescue. 

The shortcut is available for devices running on iOS 12 or later. This personalized emergency shortcut sets off a multistep chain of alerts with just one tap.

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To set up this shortcut, you will need to have the Shortcuts app installed on your iPhone. If you don’t have it, you can download it for free from the App Store. Once you have the app, follow these steps to set up the shortcut:

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To activate the shortcut, you have two options:

Also, be sure to jot down the words “Hey Siri, In Case of Emergency” and keep it handy. You can save it in your phone’s Notes app, write it on a piece of paper or store it in your wallet or purse. The hardest part is remembering the trigger words, so having them written down ensures you won’t forget.

In addition, before you test the shortcut, make sure to warn your emergency contacts so they don’t panic when they receive your message.

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The first time you run the shortcut, you will need to give it a few permissions:

Once the shortcut is activated, a notice will pop up on your screen saying, “Messages have been sent to your emergency contact.”

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The In Case of Emergency shortcut is a handy tool that can help you in a crisis. By setting it up on your iPhone, you can quickly and easily contact your trusted contacts and let them know where you are and how they can help you. You can also display a message on your screen with any relevant information that could assist someone who finds you.

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