How to use SOS mode on iPhone

iOS 11 introduced many wonderful new options to the iPhone and iPad when it launched in late 2017. Among different issues, a sensible shortcut that permits customers to name emergency providers on the contact of a button. It’s referred to as SOS mode and we’ll present you how to use it on your iPhone right this moment.

System necessities

Since SOS mode is an iOS 11 feature, you want to use iOS or increased to entry it.

iOS is on the market for the iPhone 5s and later. If you could have an older iPhone, we’re afraid you can’t get iOS and due to this fact you can’t get SOS mode. (If you determine to improve to a more recent mannequin, check out our iPhone shopping for guide and overview of 1 of the best iPhone offers.)

Set SOS mode

With iOS 11 on your system, go to Settings and scroll down till you see the new Emergency SOS part. (It’s slightly below Touch ID & Passcode.) Tap this and you may see an animation exhibiting how the feature is used on your handset.

The default methodology on an iPhone 8 Plus is to “hold down the side button and 1 of the volume buttons to make an emergency call”, but when you choose the Call with facet button possibility, you’ll be able to select to make the decision by rapidly urgent the facet button 5 occasions.

To allow SOS mode, slide the Auto Call button to the suitable in order that it turns inexperienced.

Scroll down somewhat more and you will note the choice to ‘Set Emergency Contacts in Health’. You do not have to do that for SOS to work, however, for those who do they are going to be despatched mechanically if you use the Emergency SOS feature.

The final possibility on the backside of the web page is for a Countdown Sound. As the title suggests, it will audibly warn you that SOS mode has been activated and is about to contact the emergency providers.

The countdown sound is there, so you’ll be able to inform if the feature works if you cannot see the display, or cancel the decision whether it is unintentionally activated.

Use SOS mode

Obviously, it is a good suggestion to check out SOS mode earlier than your life relies upon on it. You can do that without truly calling the emergency providers; you simply have to be quick.

If you have turned on the Countdown sound, you may get a little bit of a shock, not to point out a couple of glances in public locations, as a result of the horn sound it produces is kind of loud. So it could be greatest to flip it off whereas testing the system.

All you want to do now’s to press the ability button 5 occasions in fast succession (or regardless of the chosen activation methodology is) even when the phone is locked. A countdown seems on the display, beginning at 3. Press the Stop button beneath and ensure by urgent the Stop Call possibility that instantly seems.

Tap ID

Keep in thoughts that SOS mode not solely simply connects you to the emergency providers but additionally disables the Touch ID fingerprint scanner on your iPhone. This is beneficial in case you are robbed or arrested and don’t need to be pressured to unlock your system.

If you press the ability button 5 occasions to entry the emergency providers possibility after which press cancel – or certainly for those who proceed to name the emergency providers from that display – then iOS Touch ID will mechanically lock in order that it can’t be used to open the phone. You (or the agent who seizes your system) should enter a password to unlock it, then Touch ID will work usually.

There you’re. If you’re ever in a harmful state of affairs and we sincerely hope it isn’t, you’ll be able to rapidly ask for assist.


In this regard, let’s briefly contact on Advanced Mobile Location, or AML, which Apple has stated is coming with the iOS 11.3 replace on the time of writing on the iPhone, in beta and anticipated to hit main within the spring of 2018 viewers will roll out.

AML is a standardized expertise utilized by many producers by smartphones to rapidly give your location to the emergency providers, and may due to this fact save the day in a disaster related to SOS mode. (You can read more about AML right here.) But whereas Google included AML in Android phones in 2016, Apple held again.

We do not know why. But we do know that Apple is getting the thought which implies that, after the advantages of the SOS mode in iOS 11.0, we are going to quickly get AML in iOS 11.3.

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