A Secret Emergency Feature on Your Phone
Is a stranger following you late at night? Now you can easily call for help AND alert your emergency contacts without fumbling for your phone’s keypad. This works on iPhones as well as Android phones. Here’s what you need to know.
If your iPhone is running iOS version 11 or newer, you have access to a powerful feature known as Emergency SOS. You can initiate a call to local emergency services by pressing the power button 5 times in a row, even when your phone is locked.
When you make a call with SOS, your iPhone automatically calls the local emergency number. In some countries and regions, you need to choose the applicable service. For example, in China you can choose police, fire, or ambulance.
You can also program in your emergency contacts. After an emergency call ends, your iPhone alerts your emergency contacts with a text message, unless you choose to cancel. Your iPhone sends them your current location, and, for a period of time after you enter SOS mode, it sends updates to your emergency contacts when your location changes.
The video above explains how to set this up.
For Samsung Galaxy Android Phones:
Samsung has included a powerful feature in the operating system called SOS Messages. It isn’t enabled by default, but once it’s set up, you can send an emergency alert to four preselected contacts by pressing the power button on your device three times in a row.
When triggered, an emergency message with your location, a picture of your situation, and an audio message will be sent automatically. See the video below for instructions on setting this up.