Lifesaving iPhone feature available today – try it now before you really need it

APPLE has finally introduced a life-saving iPhone feature that lets you call emergency services without a phone signal in the UK.

The revolutionary satellite emergency SOS can save you in situations where you don’t have a regular cellular signal or WiFi.

You can test and actually use the new feature in the UK from today


You can test and actually use the new feature in the UK from todayCredit: apple
Satellite emergency SOS can save your life when tragedy strikes


Satellite emergency SOS can save your life when tragedy strikesCredit: apple

It was announced earlier this year and launched in the US in mid-November.

But it’s finally available from Tuesday 13 December at 10:00 GMT in the UK, Ireland, France and Germany.

The feature works on all iPhone 14 models running iOS 16.1 or later.

And there’s also a “demo” version of the feature to try out in advance before you ever really need to use it.

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Use is completely free for two years from the first activation of your iPhone 14.

Apple hasn’t said how much it will cost beyond that.

But it’s hard to put a price on technology that could actually save your life.

“Emergency SOS via satellite will improve the situation for people who are in trouble and are outside of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage,” said Jan Tino Demel, chairman of the Expert Group on Dispatch Center Technology and Emergency Response Committee.

“This allows them to reach emergency services and get help in emergency situations.

“This can undoubtedly save lives.”

What is emergency SOS via satellite?

Emergency SOS via satellite was one of Apple’s key features on the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro.

“Emergency SOS via satellite can help you connect to emergency services in exceptional circumstances when no other way to reach emergency services is available,” Apple said.

“If you call or text emergency services and can’t connect because you’re outside of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage, your iPhone will try to connect you via satellite with the help you need. “

Using a satellite connection is not like sending a regular SMS.

For example, even under ideal conditions with a direct view of the sky and horizon, it can take 15 seconds for a message to be sent.

It can take over a minute if you are under trees with light foliage.

And if the view is severely obstructed, it can happen that a message cannot be sent at all.

How to demonstrate emergency SOS via satellite

To try the demo, make sure you’re using an iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro.

Also make sure you have updated to the latest version of iOS in Settings > General > Software Update.

Apple notes: “To see how Emergency SOS works over satellite, try the demo.

“You need to be outside in a relatively open area with a clear view of the sky. Trees with light foliage can slow down the connection, and dense foliage can block it.

“Hills or mountains, canyons and high structures can also block the connection.”

First, make sure that location services are turned on.

Then open the Settings app and tap Emergency SOS.

Look under Emergency SOS via Satellite and tap Try Demo.

On-screen instructions then walk you through a safe demo that doesn’t actually call emergency services.

Unfortunately, the demo will not work if you are in a country that does not support emergency SOS via satellite.

The feature is currently only available in the UK, US, Ireland, Canada, France and Germany.

How does emergency call SOS work via satellite?

First of all, you need to make sure that you are using an iPhone 14 model.

It won’t work as a feature until a new iOS update arrives in November 2022.

And you need to be in a place where there is no cellular or WiFi coverage.

To use it you must try to call emergency services. That means calling 999 in the UK or 911 in the US.

If a connection cannot be established, you have the option of sending an emergency SMS via satellite.

You then tap Report an emergency and then choose from several options to describe your emergency.

The feature lets you notify your emergency contacts, as well as emergency services – and share your location.

Your iPhone will then guide you through the process of connecting to a satellite.

Once connected, follow the rest of the on-screen instructions to send your message.

Tips from Apple for connecting to a satellite

Here are the official tips from Apple:

  • Hold your phone naturally. You don’t have to raise your arm or hold up your phone, but don’t put it in a bag or backpack.
  • Make sure you are outside with a clear view of the sky and horizon.
  • Note that trees with light foliage can slow down the connection, and dense foliage can block it. Hills or mountains, canyons, and tall structures can also block the connection.
  • If you need to turn left, right, or move to avoid a blocked signal, your iPhone will guide you — just follow the onscreen instructions.
  • The satellite connection can be maintained even when your phone screen is locked.

Keep in mind that you may need to move your iPhone slightly during the process to keep it connected to the satellite.

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That’s because satellites are constantly moving as they orbit the earth.

Sending a message can potentially take several minutes (although Apple has developed a text compression algorithm to reduce the size of its transfers and speed up the process).

You can share your data with first responders and emergency contacts


You can share your data with first responders and emergency contactsCredit: apple

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