Where Does The Word ICE Go In Your ICE Contact?
No, it’s not a silly question. It’s a very smart question, because the ANSWER can mean the difference between whether or not a hospital will be able to find and use your ICE Contact.
Why does it matter where you put the word ICE?
Because of the way different smartphones sort your contacts.
Some phones sort by first name. Others sort by last name. So if you put the first and last name of your ICE Contact into the fields the usual way, the word ICE will be buried inside the contact. Which means that someone looking for ICE might never find it.
The good news is, you don’t have to figure it all out for yourself. We’ve done all the work for you!
Here is where to put the word ICE on three of the most popular phones…
Touch the Contacts Icon on your iPhone to open up your Contacts. Click on the plus sign + to add a new contact and touch the Name Field. Don’t put the name of your contact in this field, only the word ICE.
Now touch the Company Name Field. Here is where you put your contact’s name and his or her relationship to you. For example, John Jones – Husband. That way a doctor or nurse reading it, will know that this contact is your husband.
The most important reason we’re setting it up this way is so your ICE Contact can easily be located even if you password lock your phone. How? With Siri. If ICE is the first name in your contact, all a healthcare professional has to do is touch the home button on your locked phone and say “Siri, ICE”. With most iPhone models, Siri will display any ICE Contacts on your phone, even if the phone is locked.
The Samsung Galaxy
Touch the Contacts Icon on your Galaxy to open up your Contacts. Click on the plus sign + to add a new contact and touch the First Name Field.
Don’t put the name of your contact in this field, only the word ICE. We’re doing this because your Galaxy sorts contacts by their first name by default and you want your contact to show up as ICE, not as your contact’s actual name.
Next, touch the Last Name Field and enter your contact’s full name, ie. John Jones. Now when you save the contact, not only will it be alphabetized as ICE, but it will also have your contact’s name right next to it – easy to read and easy to use. Do the same thing when you set up your second ICE contact. The only difference is that you’ll name it ICE2.
The Windows Phone
Ready to set up your first ICE Contact?
Swipe over to Contacts, Tap New and if prompted, choose which account you want to add this contact to. Touch Name.
Type the word ICE first, followed by your contact’s first and last name. Why do you want to do this? The Windows Phone sorts your contacts by first name, by default. So unless you have changed it to sort by last name, emergency personnel will see the word ICE right away.
Do the same thing for your second ICE contact – then call it ICE2.
Here’s a tip: If your phone sorts by Last Name, you can change it by going into your People Settings and checking “Sort List By” First Name instead of Last Name.
While you’re here, be sure to check out our other posts like How To Put An ICE Contact On Your iPhone, or How To ICE Your Samsung Galaxy to learn everything you need to know about ICEing your phone. And while you’re feeling proactive, don’t forget to put ICE Contacts on your spouse’s and kid’s phones too, along with each other’s contact information.
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