How to trigger Emergency SOS on iPhone

Different locations in the world have unique call numbers for emergency services. However, instead of needing to know the local emergency service number, or waiting for the redirection from the number you called (like 911), you can now be directly connected to the emergency number you are living, and have shared your location just with a shortcut on your iPhone.

It’s Emergency SOS feature. Although we hope you never have to use it, in case you ever do, here’s how to use it.

How to trigger Emergency SOS on iPhone

It’s very easy to trigger Emergency SOS with looking at your screen. If you’re in a situation where you are able to move a lot, you can easily trigger it just by pressing physical buttons on your iPhone.

In iOS 12, when triggering a call to emergency services in the U.S, you’ll also send your current location to the 911 center. Your location is only shared with 911 and not shared with your emergency contacts.

Use Emergency SOS on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X

Emergency SOS requires setting up, so you need to press both the Power button along with the volume buttons to activate it

  1. Press & hold the Power button and volume button of your iPhone.
  2. Continue holding them when the SOS emergency countdown starts.
  3. You can also swipe right on Emergency SOS switch to immediately activate the call.

Your phone will automatically begin a countdown and call emergencies services.

Use Emergency SOS on iPhone 7 and older models

  • Quickly press the Power button five times.

Your phone will then automatically start a countdown and call emergency services.

How to end an Emergency SOS call

In case you accidentally trigger Emergency SOS, you can still stop the call, even when the countdown ends, by tapping on Stop. There will be a prompted to confirm whether you want to end the call.

If your emergency contacts are listed in the Health app, you’ll be prompted if you want to stop sending notifications to them.

How to disable Auto Call

If you’re worried about accidentally making emergency SOS calls regularly, you should disable the auto-call option, which will automatically call emergency services once the SOS countdown ends, even when you manually make the call or not.

Keep in mind that when Auto Call is off, you cannot secretly or easily call emergency services. To do so:

  1. Open Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on Emergency SOS.
  3. Toggle the switch next to Auto Call to off.

Also read: How To Fix Not Able To Share Passwords with AirDrop in iOS 12

Disable countdown sound for Emergency SOS

Although the SOS countdown sound is useful for alerting you, sometimes it’s not ideal in a dangerous situation where audio could get in trouble. If you don’t want your iPhone to make a sound when it’s calling emergency services, you can turn off it off.

  • Open Settings app from your Home screen.
  • Tap on Emergency SOS.
  • Toggle the switch next to Countdown Sound On/Off. If the switch is gray, it means the feature has already been disabled.

That’s how to trigger Emergency SOS on iPhone. If you have any question, let’s know in the comment.

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