The future is something none of us can look into and God forbid, no one knows when we could be in extreme danger and look upon death in the face. All one can do is to take every possible precaution and prepare for any kind of emergency. iPhone users can do so using Emergency SOS if they have the iOS 11 update.

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This feature makes contacting emergency services and notifying loved ones extremely easy. In addition to this, it sends your location to all emergency contacts and after SOS activation plays a warning sound, which can be useful in an emergency.

How to Call Emergency Services on iPhone in iOS 11

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To do this all you need to do is press the ON/OFF button three to five times repeatedly. The SOS call will be automatically started.

How to Stop Emergency Call in iOS 11

It is possible that you call emergency services by mistake; after all, tapping the power button can occur accidentally or in the hands of a child. So, in case a call goes by mistake, you can tap the cross on the bottom of the screen that will appear.

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After that tap the ‘Stop Calling’ prompt and the call will terminate.

To Reduce Chance of Accidental Activation of Emergency SOS

Step 1: Go to Settings -> Emergency SOS.

Step 2: You will see two options under the SOS Button section:

  • Click Sleep/Wake 5 Times.
  • Click Sleep/Wake 3 Times

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Step 3: Select 5 Times. This will make it less likely to call Emergency Services by accident.

How to Turn Off Countdown Sound on iPhone

Some emergencies may require you to be as silent as possible and not draw attention to yourself. Examples could be being robbed or being held at gun point. Luckily, there is a way to turn off Emergency SOS countdown audio and warning sound.

Step 1: Open Settings -> Emergency SOS.

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Step 2: Scroll Down and grey out the slider next to Countdown Sounds.

How to Turn Off Emergency SOS on iPhone

Personally, I would never disable such a lifesaving feature as there is no telling when it could need to be used. However, there may be reasons to turn it off temporarily. To do so:

Step 1: Go to Settings -> Emergency SOS.

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Step 2: Turn off the slider next to Auto Call.

And that’s how you use emergency SOS on iPhone. We hope you found this article useful. Please share as knowing how to use emergency SOS could save someone’s life.

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Stephan Popov
When iDevice users experience problems with the iOS software or unlocking, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My passion is providing answers to your problems. I help iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users by recommending fixes for common iOS bugs and tools that improves your experience. I conduct in-depth research for every topic i cover on this blog, to ensure that I cover everything Apple users need to troubleshoot their issues. When not writing for UnlockBoot, i enjoy swimming in my backyard pool. P.S. i prefers the Maldives for holidays. Connect with me on Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter.