APPLE has finally enabled a groundbreaking iPhone feature that could actually save your life.
With the impressive emergency SOS via satellite, you can contact emergency responders even if you don’t have a regular phone signal.
It’s now live on millions of iPhone models and also available for testing with a new demo feature.
This means you can familiarize yourself with the tool without actually calling emergency services.
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 US and Canada, but is set to roll out in the UK at some point.
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.
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.
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.
The feature is currently only operational in the United States (including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands) and Canada.
If you’re an international traveler visiting the US or Canada, the feature will work unless you bought an iPhone in China, Hong Kong, or Macau.
The feature can also be blocked in places above the 62nd parallel – like in very northern parts of Canada and Alaska.
To use it you must try to call emergency services.
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.
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