In a recent Reddit post, a user shared their life-saving experience with the iPhone’s SOS feature. After being involved in a car accident, the user’s iPhone automatically dialed 911 and notified their emergency contacts, all without any manual intervention. This incident has sparked conversations about the importance of having such features in smartphones.
How the iPhone’s Emergency SOS Works
The Emergency SOS feature on iPhones allows users to quickly and easily call emergency services and notify their emergency contacts. When activated, the phone dials the local emergency number and sends a text message to the user’s pre-set emergency contacts, sharing their location and the fact that they have called for help.
- iPhone 8 or later: Press and hold the side button along with one of the volume buttons until the Emergency SOS slider appears. Drag the slider to call emergency services.
- iPhone 7 or earlier: Rapidly press the side (or top) button five times to bring up the Emergency SOS slider.
- Auto Call: After the countdown ends, the device will automatically call emergency services.
- Medical ID: First responders can access the user’s Medical ID to get information about allergies, medical conditions, and more.
Do Other Premium Phones Have This Feature?
Samsung Galaxy phones also offer a similar feature called “Send SOS Messages.” When activated, pressing the power button three times sends an SOS message to up to four pre-selected contacts. The message includes the user’s location, a picture taken from the front and rear cameras, and a 5-second audio recording.
Google Pixel phones come with a “Personal Safety” app that includes car crash detection. The phone uses its sensors to detect a car crash and automatically calls 911 if the user is unresponsive.
Phone SOS feature
The iPhone’s SOS feature has proven its worth by potentially saving lives in emergency situations. While other premium smartphones like Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel offer similar functionalities, the seamless integration and ease of use make the iPhone’s Emergency SOS a standout feature.