EMERGENCY SOS features on iPhones and Android devices can help you in a dangerous situation.
Setting up a phone’s features takes a few minutes, but it can ultimately save lives.
Everyone knows how to dial 911 (or 999 in the UK) to get help quickly.
However, today’s technology has built-in emergency features that make it easier than ever to save a life.
The feature can alert emergency services as well as your contacts if you’re ever in danger.
To set up these emergency features, just follow the steps below.
How to enable Emergency SOS on an iPhone?
Apple has developed an Emergency SOS system for iPhone that will discreetly call 999, or the emergency number for your area, and send your location to your contacts.
If you have an iPhone 8 or later, you need to hold down the power button and either volume button at the same time.
You should see “Emergency SOS” on the screen and the countdown will start for a few seconds before calling emergency services.
Make sure you hold down both buttons.
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If you have an emergency contact list set up, your location will be sent to them after your call to emergency services is disconnected.
If you have an iPhone 7 or newer, you need to quickly press the power button five times and then slide your finger over the “Emergency SOS” button that appears on the screen.
If you don’t move the button, an alarm will sound.
How do you set up emergency contacts on an iPhone?
Open your Apple Health app and click Medical ID.
Then select “Edit” and set up a Medical ID if you haven’t already.
This can help alert emergency services to existing medical conditions if you’re found unconscious but have your iPhone with you.
Then scroll to the Add Emergency Contact option and add as many people as you like.
How to enable emergency features on an Android?
The emergency features on Android are slightly different than Apple, but there’s still a way to send your location to contacts and set up a medical ID.
Go to your lock screen and click on “Emergency”.
Then click on “Emergency Info” and then either a plus sign or a pencil icon depending on your phone.
You will be asked for a password and then you can update your medical information and add emergency contacts.
You can also download Google’s Trusted contacts appwhich allows you to both send a location and request a friend’s location.
Download the app, sign up, and then start creating your desired contact list.
All you have to do is click “Add Contacts” to create your list.
For this to work, these contacts must also download the app on their phone and approve your request as an emergency contact.
The app is also available for iPhones, so your contacts don’t have to be only Android users.
Once set up, friends can request your location and see if your phone’s battery is low.
You will be able to do the same with them.
To send a location notification, you need to go to the main screen of the app, select a contact and click “Send location notification now”.
Your location will be shared for 24 hours unless you click the stop button.
You can also click a contact’s name and ask for their location.
If they don’t share it after a default five-minute time, the app on their phone will automatically share their location for them.
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