The latest software update, iOS 11 has a suite of features including augmented reality, an app store, and a customized control center. But, there’s also a feature that might serve to be the best.

Whenever the person presses the power button five times at a stretch, the iPhone would help you use emergency services. Besides, once you connect through the three digit number, 112 the touch ID would be disabled, but you would not be able to figure out the reason. The emergency services come into picture when someone is unknowingly using the device. He or she won’t be able to make out if the emergency SOS has already been activated. Moreover, once you activate the Emergency SOS, you can set up emergency contacts and be able to send the current location to the concerned individuals.

Steps to Set Up Emergency SOS Features On A Smartphone

If you’re using iPhone 8 / 8 plus and planning to move on with iPhone X, then you need to follow different steps for activating emergency SOS. Instead of pressing the power button for five times, you have to hold the power button and the volume button together. Then you need to swipe the touchscreen so that you can take the advantage of the emergency services. As you go to ‘Settings’, you can activate the feature by clicking on the option for five times.

Steps for Setting Up Emergency SOS 

Step 1: Before you swipe the touchscreen, you need to press the side button as well as the volume button. This step would turn off the smartphone.

Step 2: Once you go to the homescreen, you should check whether the ‘Also works with 5 clicks’ option is enabled. However, you might have to specify an emergency service to contact a particular region.
Emergency SOS
Steps for Setting Up Emergency SOS

Most of the times, the emergency SOS is always turned on. But, if you need to call someone automatically without swiping the iPhone, then you have to go through some more steps.

Step 1: Launch the ‘Settings’ app and scroll down till the ‘Emergency SOS’ option is visible on the homescreen.

Step 2: Soon after you click ‘Emergency SOS’, make sure that the ‘Auto Call’ option is turned on.

Step 3: Under the same menu, you can also add the contacts which you wish to connect during an emergency.

Step 4: In order to edit the contacts, you need to go to the ‘Health’ app.

Steps for Setting Up Emergency SOS On Apple Watch

When you make a call with the emergency services, the Apple Watch contacts the person automatically. In some countries, you need to select the contact or the services. It could either involve connecting with someone at the police station or the individuals who take up the responsibility of extinguishing fire.

To use SOS, the iPhone should always be within your reach. If that’s not the case, then the Apple Watch has to be connected through Wi-Fi and you need to enable the Wi-Fi calling mode.

Step 1: Press and hold the side button for some time till the Emergency SOS slider is visible on the touchscreen.

Step 2: Continue to hold the button and wait till you hear a sound. You can also swipe the Emergency SOS with your fingertip.

Step 3: As soon as the countdown ends, the watch would automatically call the emergency services.
calling emergency service

NOTE: Soon after the call ends, the Apple Watch would send emergency contacts a message along with the location. In case the Location Services is switched off, then it would be turned on for some time.

If there’s a change in the location, then the emergency contact would be notified immediately. You would also receive a notification after 10 minutes. Select the ‘Stop Sharing’ option in case you want to discontinue the services.

If you have made an emergency call by mistake, then you need to touch the display and click ‘Yes’ for ending the call.

How To Add Contacts

It’s pretty simple for adding or removing contacts.

Step 1: Launch the ‘Health’ app and tap the Medical ID.

Step 2: After selecting the ‘Edit’ option, you should go to the ‘Emergency Contacts’.

Step 3: Tap on the green colored plus (+) to add the emergency contacts.

Step 4: Post adding the contact, you need to tap on ‘Done’ so that the changes are saved.
Add Contacts

Hope the piece of information has helped you to know what to do in case an emergency arises. Do connect with us and let us know your experience.


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