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How updating your iPhone could save your life

How updating your iPhone could save your life

Published at 9:55am 1st December 2017.

If you have an iPhone, the Emergency SOS in the newest update, will help you quickly and easily call for help and alert your emergency contacts.

It's a discrete way of contacting emergency services and your contacts if you feel like you or somebody else is in danger or at risk.

When you make a call using the SOS option on your iPhone, it will automatically call the local emergency number and alert your emergency contacts (you can find out how to do this below).

After an emergency call ends when using the new function, your iPhone alerts your emergency contacts with a text message, unless you choose otherwise.

Your current location will also be sent to them - if 'Location Services' is off, it will temporarily turn on.

For a period of time after you enter SOS mode, it will send updates to your emergency contacts when your location changes too.

To stop the updates, tap the status bar and select 'Stop Sharing Emergency Location.'

If you keep sharing, you'll get a reminder to stop every 4 hours for 24 hours.

Here's a helpful step by step guide on how it works:



Rapidly press the lock button of the side or top of the iPhone five times.

For the iPhone X and 8, press and hold the side button and one of the volume buttons until the 'Emergency SOS' slider appears.

All you have to do now is drag the 'Emergency SOS' slider to call the emergency services.

Emergency SOS iPhone update printscreen


You can opt so that an automatic countdown begins and an alert sounds once you've pressed your lock button.

Find 'Emergency SOS' in settings and switch auto-call to on.

In addition, by using the Health application automatically downloaded on your iPhone, you can create a medical ID and add emergency contacts.

Emergency SOS iPhone update printscreen


If you started an emergency call by accident, press the 'Stop' button, then tap 'Stop Calling'.

Emergency SOS iPhone update printscreen

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