How to disable Emergency SOS on iPhone and Apple Watch

An Apple Watch or iPhone that continues to dial 9-1-1 unintentionally is not only annoying, but it could also actually be a problem for local authorities.

In some extreme cases, accidental 9-1-1 calls can ruin emergency services in an area. We saw it with devices accidentally triggered in a repair shop. But what if your own device does it at home?

This is what happened to a Redditor who reports that his Apple Watch continues to send emergency SOS messages to his emergency contacts.

According to the user, the phone will send an emergency SOS when it is not handled, such as when it is on a table or in the passenger seat of a vehicle.

The Redditor contacted Apple Support, who only said that they should remove the case from their iPhone to see if that fixes the problem. And so, if this happens to you, we recommend that you delete it to see that it solves the problem.

But that being said, you can also make the emergency SOS a little more difficult to accidentally trigger.

Disable Emergency SOS on iPhone

There are several ways to trigger emergency SOS on iPhones, and you can change them to your liking. Head to

  1. settings
  2. Emergency SOS
  3. Disable the toggle next to the Call with the side button.

When this parameter is activated, five quick presses of the side button will trigger functionality – something easy to do for a poorly adjusted case.

If you have any problems, we recommend disabling it. You will still be able to make emergency SOS calls by maintaining some buttons.

Disable Emergency SOS on Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is also a notorious emergency SOS dialer due to its Hold Side Button setting.

Sometimes, depending on how you wear your watch, your wrist may accidentally trigger the setting.

  1. Just open the Watch the application on your iPhone.
  2. Head toward Emergency SOS.
  3. Disable the toggle next to Hold the side button.

If all else fails …

If none of these adjustments work for you, it could be the result of a bug in recent versions of iOS (as the original Redditor had theorized). In these cases, you may just need to fix the problem until Apple issues a fix.

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