IPHONES today are pocket-sized computers that play the role of a calendar, map, web browser, social hub, and more.
But did you know that your expensive device can also save your life? Here are three ways your iPhone acts as your personal safety net.
Security Check is a new feature introduced to iPhone this week with the release of the iOS 16 software update.
According to Apple, it is aimed at “anyone who is concerned about, or is experiencing, technology-enabled abuse, stalking or harassment.”
Abusive partners, friends or family members are known to use victims’ iPhones to keep tabs on them.
For example, you can track them by sharing various apps and features such as photos, calendar, and location, among others.
The security check is a way to “sever digital connections to those you no longer want to be connected to,” Apple says.
Go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Security Check. You will see two functions: emergency reset and Manage sharing and access.
Emergency Reset provides a way to instantly lock access to your accounts. You may be asked for your Face ID or passcode to access it.
Manage Sharing and Access provides a way to conduct a more considered review of who has access to what on your device.
Share estimated time of arrival
Activating Share ETA before travel is a great way to ensure your safety.
ETA stands for Estimated Time of Arrival, which means that this feature is all about improving security on your travels.
If you activate it, a real-time tracker will be sent to your friends or family for you iPhone Location.
And they can even see your route – and tell you if you’ve lost the quickest route home.
Open your Apple Maps app on a running iPhone iOS 13 or later.
Then start a journey by selecting a destination and tapping Directions, then Go.
Now open the menu below by tapping the arrow in the bottom right corner.
Then select “Share Arrival Time” which should be the second option at the bottom of the menu.
You can then share your location with recent contacts and even with multiple people at once.
If the selected recipient is not in the recent contacts list, you can tap Contacts to search for a specific person.
Then tap the person to start sharing.
An alert will appear at the bottom of the screen, reminding you that you’re sharing your location – and how many people you’re reporting live to.
You can tap a person’s icon to stop sharing your location with them.
Setting up emergency contacts on your iPhone is a must.
iPhone has an Emergency SOS feature that allows you to quickly call emergency services.
But you can also add emergency contacts.
As soon as an emergency call is over, your iPhone will then alert those emergency contacts with an SMS – but this can be canceled if you wish.
iPhone sends your current location to your emergency contacts.
And the contacts also get updates when your location changes.
To set up emergency contacts, go to the Health app and then tap your profile picture.
Tap Medical ID, then tap Edit, then scroll to Emergency Contacts.
You can then activate Emergency SOS with the “five-click” trick.
How to activate Emergency SOS
There are two ways to activate the emergency SOS functions.
Press either the side or top button five times to pull up the emergency SOS slider.
Alternatively on one iPhone 8 or later press and hold the side button and a volume button until the slider appears.
Then drag the emergency slider to start the call.
You can choose how you want to call by going to Settings > Emergency SOS.
“If you continue to hold the side button and volume button instead of dragging the slider, a countdown will start and an alarm will sound,” Apple explained.
“If you hold the buttons until the countdown ends, your iPhone will automatically call emergency services.”
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