Although you'll hopefully never need to use it, Emergency SOS is an incredible safety feature built into many modern smartphones. When activated you can discreetly call for help, share your location and lock down your smartphone to protect the personal information stored on it.
Setting it up only takes a few moments, so we advise you do so. Better safe than sorry.
How to set up Emergency SOS on your iPhone
The best new feature of Apple's latest software update, iOS 11, isn't the augmented reality or redesigned app store. It's Emergency SOS. Simply press the power button five times while your iPhone is locked (or hold the power button and a volume button on iPhone 8) to automatically:
- Contact the emergency services on 112
- Send your location to your emergency contacts
- Deactivate Touch ID (so nobody can force you to unlock your iPhone with your fingerprint)
Find out if your smartphone is compatible in our new article: iOS 11: does my smartphone need the new software update? Once you have it, return to these instructions.
- Open your Settings app and select Emergency SOS
- Make sure Auto Call is turned on
- Turn on Also Works with 5 Clicks if you see the option
- Tap Set up Emergency Contacts in Health and choose who to send your location to
Emergency SOS also works on your Apple Watch if you have the watchOS 3 update. To get it, open the Watch app on your iPhone, then select My Watch, General and finally Software Update. When complete, you can turn on Emergency SOS in the My Watch menu.
How to set up Emergency SOS on your Samsung GALAXY
Most Samsung GALAXY smartphones have SOS capabilities too. When activated you simply press the power button three times to:
- Send a text or voice message to your emergency contacts
- Also send them your exact location
- Also send them a photo from each of your smartphone's cameras
- Open your Settings app and select Privacy and Security
- Select Send SOS Messages
- Make sure it's toggled to ON
- Turn on Attach pictures and Attach audio recording
Created with older generations in mind, there are now smartphones that include a button specifically for getting help in emergencies.
One such smartphone is the Doro 8030. Simply press and hold the SOS button on the back of the device for three seconds and, after a five second delay (which gives you time to cancel the call if you press the SOS button by accident), you'll send a message to all your emergency contacts and call the first one on your list.
How to activate the feature
- Open the Settings menu
- Select Assistance option followed by My assistance button
- Select Configuration to set how you want to activate the button
- Select Applications to choose whether to send texts or make a call
- Select Assistance numbers list to add your emergency contacts
- Select Assistance position message to add your location to messages