How to pin emergency contacts to your phone

Posted on 20 December 2016

The holiday season is the time of year when emergency services are the busiest as more people are on the roads or outdoors. We show you how to pin emergency contacts to your phone for quick access.

Pin website pages with a list of emergency numbers

iPhone 7

  • Open the web browser.
  • In the website address bar, type the site for which you want to create the shortcut, in our case

emergency contacts

  • When the website has loaded, tap the share button at the bottom of the screen (square with arrow pointing up).
  • Tap the menu item ‘Add to Home Screen’ to create the website shortcut on your home screen.

how to pin emergency contacts

  • Shorten or change the name of the shortcut to something that works for you.

emergency contacts shortcut

  • Tap ‘Add’ for the shortcut to be created on your home screen.

emergency contacts

  • Check that it’s there and you’re done.

Android: Huawei P9 (lite)

  • Open Chrome or your preferred browser on your phone.

emergency contacts android

how to pin emergency contacts android

  • Look for the address bar and tap the three dots on the top far right of the screen.
  • Select ‘Add to Home Screen’.

Bonus tip for Android: If ER24 is one of your phone contacts, you can also create a shortcut to the contact simply by pressing down on the number and selecting ‘Create shortcut’ in the options menu that pops up.

shortcut emergency contact android

Other useful webpages worth creating a shortcut to:

Now you can simply tap on your homescreen to access your choice of emergency contacts.


Published in Emergency

In the interest of our patients, in accordance with SA law and our commitment to expertise, Mediclinic cannot subscribe to the practice of online diagnosis. Please consult a medical professional for specific medical advice. If you have any major concerns, please see your doctor for an assessment. If you have any cause for concern, your GP will be able to direct you to the appropriate specialists.

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