How To Insert Emergency Info on Your Phone’s Lock Screen

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If you have been in an auto accident or have suffered a major medical event that leaves you incapacitated, one of the first things that emergency crews will check is your phone for medical information or an emergency contact. Modern smartphones have created standards for this, and have made it easy for users to put in their information so that emergency crews have easy access to it. So here’s how to put in your information on iPhone and Android phones:

iPhone:
Apple has incorporated emergency information into its Health app. Just open the Health app, tap on the “Medical ID” tab, and then tap “Edit.” You can enter everything from medical conditions, notes, allergies and reactions, medications, blood type, whether or not you’re an organ donor, and emergency contacts. Now that information will be available to anyone from the lock screen by tapping “Emergency” and then “Medical ID.”

Android:
So there are a couple of ways you can add your emergency info to the lock screen. Android lets you put a message up on your lock screen, where you could put any information you’d like. This could even be contact info in case the phone is lost. To do this, open the Settings app, and tap “Security & location.” Next to “Screen lock,” tap “Settings.” Then tap on “Lock screen message.” Enter the message and tap “Save.”

You can also use Android’s built-in emergency information feature. To add your info to that, open the Settings app and tap “System > About phone > Emergency information.” You can enter whatever information you’d like to share. For medical information, tap on “Edit information.” If you don’t see “Edit information,” you may need to tap “Info” first. There’s also a section there for emergency contacts, and you can just tap “Add contact.” If you don’t see “Add contact” to tap on, you may have to first tap “Contacts.” Then, anyone will be able to get to that info by swiping up on the lock screen and tapping “Emergency,” then “Emergency information,” and then tapping on “Emergency information” when it flashes.

Samsung Devices
To add your medical information, first go to Settings and then tap “Lock screen and security > Info and app shortcuts > Owner information.” You can enter whatever information you’d like to appear on your lock screen, and then choose “Done.”

If you’d like to make it possible for someone to call your emergency contacts from the lock screen, you’ll need to add phone numbers to the “ICE (In Case of Emergency)” Contacts group in the contacts app.

First open the Contacts app, then tap the “Groups” button in the top right corner. Tap on the “ICE – emergency contacts” group, and add your emergency contacts. Then hit “Save.”

To enable the calling of emergency contacts from the lock screen, you will need to make sure your phone is locked first. Then go to the lock screen without actually unlocking it. Hold the phone icon and drag it to the center. When the keypad shows up, hit the “Emergency Call” button. Then you can add contacts from your emergency group by hitting the “+” symbol by each new contact. You can have up to 3 contacts from the ICE group.

How To Prolong Your Battery Life On Your Device

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Some of the basic things we know are bad for batteries include extreme temperatures (hot or cold), overcharging, and complete discharging.

Thankfully, all smartphones today, are built to protect the battery automatically. For instance, your phone will shut down before the battery is completely depleted, and it won’t allow it to overcharge either. But there are still some things that can help prevent the battery from dying prematurely.

There are multiple ways a lithium-ion battery can age. First of all, Lithium-ion batteries have a finite number of charge “cycles”. In other words, how many times the battery can be fully charged and fully drained. Manufacturers usually will say batteries have between 300 and 500 cycles. The depth of the discharge matters as well, so it’s best to charge the battery as often as possible between uses. A partial discharge is fine for lithium-ion, there is no ‘memory’ and the battery does not need to be fully discharged periodically.

Heat plays a role, too. If a battery is kept in excessive heat (over 86 degrees) and in a full state of charge, that will diminish its overall capacity at a faster rate than discharge cycles.

Generally speaking, the best thing to do is keep your laptop or phone plugged in whenever possible in a cool environment. If you’re interested in battery longevity, it’s also best to avoid using fast-chargers.

Lastly, another great thing I have done since 2002 is to charge your battery for 12 hours right after you take it out of the box. You can still turn it on, activate it, program it,etc while it’s charging, but leave it on the charger for 12 hours. Every time I have done this, my battery life would lasts longer than most of my family, friends, and co-worker’s smart phones. However, when I did the opposite and turned my phone on right after taking it out the box, the battery wasn’t worth a damn during the period I owned it.

How To Analyze Your Internet Speed

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When you are talking to Internet Service Providers and they give you a quote you on an internet speed, they will typically use the phrase “up to”. They will say that you can get speeds up to…. The speed you pay for might be able to get up to that certain speed, however that doesn’t mean you will necessarily get that speed. Speeds can fluctuate and vary based on types of devices, location, etc. So how can you test your speed to see exactly what you are getting? There are some great websites and apps out there that can test your speed. Here are a few you can check out:
speedtest.net (Apps for iOS and Android)
– Broadband Reports ( dslreports.com )
Fast.com (From Netflix)