How to Setup and Use Emergency SOS on iPhone iOS 11

Posted October 12, 2017 by Leomar Umpad in Apple iPhone

Use Emergency SOS on iPhone

Emergency SOS is an iOS 11 feature that helps you contact emergency services quickly without the need to unlock your phone. The feature will also let your emergency contacts know that you are in an emergency situation. This article will guide you how to setup and use Emergency SOS on iPhone.

What is Emergency SOS?

Emergency SOS on iPhone lets users call a local emergency number by merely pressing a button or two. When you add an emergency contact through the iPhone’s Medical ID feature, your device sends them your current location and sends in updates whenever there is a change in your location. Depending on your country, you may need to choose the emergency service that you need. Some emergency services include police services, fire service, and ambulance services.

How to Use Emergency SOS on iPhone

To use Emergency SOS on iPhone 7 and earlier devices, do these:

1.Quickly press the Side button (previously called Power/Lock button) five times.iPhone Home Side Button
2.Wait for the Emergency SOS screen to appear.iPhone Emergency SOS Screen
3.Once the Emergency SOS screen appears, scroll the SOS slider to the right to initiate a call to the emergency services.iPhone Emergency SOS Screen Swipe Buttin
4.The emergency SOS call starts. Communicate your emergency to the responder. After the call, your iPhone automatically sends an SMS to your emergency contact containing your current location. You are done.iPhone Emergency SOS Call

To use Emergency SOS on iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, do these:

1.Simultaneously press and hold the Side button (previously called Power/Lock button) and any of the Volume buttons.iPhone Home and Volume Button
2.Wait for the Emergency SOS screen to appear.iPhone Emergency SOS Screen
3.Once the Emergency SOS screen appears, scroll the SOS slider to the right to initiate a call to the emergency services.iPhone Emergency SOS Screen Swipe Buttin
4.Communicate your emergency to the responder. After the call, your iPhone automatically sends an SMS to your emergency contact containing your current location. You are done.iPhone Emergency SOS Call

Note: Location Services will temporarily turn on to detect your location. Your phone will continue sending your location every time you change your location unless you tap the status bar and choose “Stop Sharing Emergency Location”. Your phone will also remind you to stop every 4 hours for 24 hours.

 

How to Turn On Auto Call for Emergency SOS on iPhone

You can go to Settings and set Emergency SOS to call automatically once you activate the feature. Follow the procedures below to turn on auto call:

1.From your Home screen, go to your iPhone’s Settings app.iPhone iOS 11 Settings
2.Once you are on Settings, scroll down and tap on the Emergency SOS setting.iPhone Settings Emergency SOS
3.In the Emergency SOS page, tap the switch button for Auto Call. A green switch button means that the feature is turned on. A gray switch button means that the feature is turned off.iPhone Settings Emergency SOS Auto Call
4.Activate the Emergency SOS feature by following the steps in the previous section depending on your device. Once activated, your phone begins a countdown and sounds an alert before doing an automatic call to emergency services. You are done.iPhone Settings Emergency SOS Auto Call Countdown

 

How to Cancel or End an Emergency SOS Call

If you activated Emergency SOS by accident, do these:

1.If you disabled the auto call functions of Emergency SOS and you activated the feature by mistake, simply tap on the Cancel button if you have not placed the call yet.iPhone Settings Emergency SOS Cancel Button
2.If the auto call is enabled, a countdown and sound alert will let you know that Emergency is SOS. While the countdown has not reached zero, tap on the Stop button (X icon) and tap on the Stop Calling button to cancel the call.iPhone Settings Emergency SOS Stop Calling
3.If a call has been placed, simply tap on the End call button.iPhone Settings Emergency SOS End Call

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My emergency contact number is not set on my iPhone. How do I set emergency services numbers on my iPhone?
A: You can go to your Phone app and edit the Emergency contact. If Emergency contact is not yet on your iPhone, you can add a new contact named “Emergency” and add contact numbers to it. You can check our detailed article on how to manage your iPhone contacts. Details of editing and adding new contacts are outlined in the linked article.

Q: How do I add emergency contacts? I want to add an emergency contact, but I have no idea how to do it. Please help.
A: You can add an emergency contact by going to the Medical ID tab in the Health app. We have a how-to article on adding and removing emergency contacts on iPhone. You can check the article for more detailed instructions.

You just learned how to setup and use Emergency SOS on iPhone. What do you think of this safety feature? Do you have experiences where the feature proved to be helpful? We would love to hear your stories! Let us know through the comments sections below.

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About Leomar Umpad

A supply chain operations manager by profession. A technology-lover and a writer by heart. I have the passion to teach and inform.
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