Create an emergency contact screen in Pages

Add emergency details to your iPhone lockscreen by designing a new image in Pages


Thanks to options like the lockscreen and Find My iPhone, your iOS devices are all pretty safe. But you can always be safer, and one way to do that is to create a personalised lockscreen that contains a set of emergency information in case your phone is lost or stolen.

Of course, this screen can display any information you want, so you can also add any medical details or an emergency contact in case you fall ill for any reason. And, because you can add the details to any image using Pages, it means that you don’t need to have a boring lockscreen with standard text. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to make a bright, colourful photo lockscreen with the important information right where you need it.

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1 Import your photo

First, drag and drop your desired wallpaper photo into a blank Pages document. You can plug your iPhone into your Mac and use Image Capture to save a shot to your desktop.

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2 Go big

The image will resize to fit onto the page by default, but you can see it at full-size by clicking the Arrange tab and choosing Original Size, then drag it to the right size.

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3 Add guidelines

Import a screenshot of your current homescreen, resize it to be slightly smaller than the full page, then choose View>Show Ruler and drag guides for the on-screen text.

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4 Add text

Now you need to add some text – click the Text button in the toolbar to add a text box, then drag your text box to the right position and add your emergency lockscreen text.

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5 Make it legible

Depending on the image you’re using as your wallpaper, the text you’ve written might be difficult to read. Use the Text tab to adjust the size and colour to make it legible.

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6 Export as PDF

When you’re happy with your design, you need to export it. You can’t export as an image, so instead click File>Export To>PDF – we will change it to an image in a moment.

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7 Convert to JPEG

Open up your PDF in Preview, then choose File>Export and select JPEG. Set quality to Best and hit Save, then open it up again and crop out any white edges you don’t want.

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8 Send to your iPhone

Now send the image to your iPhone. You could use the Messages app, email or Photo Stream to add it to your device, or even use AirDrop if you’re using OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.

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9 Apply your wallpaper

As more apps use iCloud Drive – such as Scanner Pro here and in our main picture – importing and exporting files from the service will become a widespread option.