Apple Watch, iPhone: How to Use the Emergency SOS Feature

Everyone knows emergency services contact numbers in India. In case you aren’t aware it’s 100 for the police, 108 for ambulance and 101 for fire brigade. But did you know that your iPhone and your Apple Watch also come packed with features that enable you to seek help in case of an emergency.

To use the emergency SOS feature on your iPhone you need to first designate an emergency contact who will be informed about your location and the situation after the emergency services have been notified.

How to set an emergency contact

Here is a step-by-step guide that will help you set your emergency contact.

Step 1: Open your phone book.

Step 2: Open contact details of the person whom you want to designate as your emergency contact.

Step 3: Tap Add to Emergency Contacts option.

How to use emergency SOS feature on your iPhone

Once you have set your emergency contact, here’s what you need to do to use the feature on your iPhone:

If you are using iPhone 8 or later here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Press and hold the side button and one of the volume buttons until the Emergency SOS slider appears.

Step 2: Drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services. If you continue to hold down the side button and volume button, instead of dragging the slider, a countdown begins and an alert sounds. If you hold down the buttons until the countdown ends, your iPhone automatically calls emergency services.

If you are using iPhone 7 or an older model here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Rapidly press the side (or top) button three times. The Emergency SOS slider will appear.

Step 2: Drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services.

After the call to the emergency service ends, your iPhone will send your emergency contacts a text message with your current location, unless you choose to cancel. If Location Services is off, it will temporarily turn on and if your location changes, your contacts will get an update.

How to use emergency SOS feature on your Apple Watch

Users will have to designate a contact as their emergency contact in order to use emergency SOS on their Apple Watch. Once they have designated their Emergency Contact, here’s what they need to do:

Step 1: Press and hold your watch’s side button until the Emergency SOS slider appears.

Step 2: Drag the Emergency SOS slider to start the call immediately. Alternatively, you can keep holding the side button. After a countdown, the Apple Watch will call emergency services automatically.

Faqs

If your heart rate remains above or below a chosen beats per minute (BPM), your Apple Watch can notify you. These notifications are available only on Apple Watch Series 1 or later for ages 13 and up.14-Mar-2022

To use Emergency SOS on an Apple Watch that doesn’t have cellular, your iPhone needs to be nearby. If your iPhone isn’t nearby, your Apple Watch needs to be connected to a known Wi-Fi network and you must set up Wi-Fi Calling.27-Apr-2021

Call emergency services Press and hold the side button and one of the volume buttons until the Emergency SOS slider appears. Drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services. If you continue to hold down the side button and volume button, instead of dragging the slider, a countdown begins and an alert sounds.13-Dec-2021

Drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services. If you continue to hold down the side button and volume button, instead of dragging the slider, a countdown begins and an alert sounds. If you hold down the buttons until the countdown ends, your iPhone automatically calls emergency services.13-Dec-2021

Will Apple Watch call 911 if my heart rate is above 150? No, Apple Watch will not call anyone regardless of whatever your heart rate may be.20-Nov-2017

Press and hold your watch’s side button (the button below the Digital Crown) until the Emergency SOS slider appears. Drag the Emergency SOS slider to start the call immediately. Alternatively, you can keep holding the side button. After a countdown, your watch calls emergency services automatically.27-Apr-2021

Conclusion

iPhone and Apple Watch come preinstalled with emergency SOS features that allow the user to contact emergency services in case of an emergency. These features are activated by setting the designated person as your emergency contact. The watch will notify them if necessary, and will also call them automatically if your location changes or you attempt