Step by step how to use Apple’s new Emergency SOS feature

Emergency SOS allows you to communicate with the local emergency services in case of an accident – Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

During the presentation of the new iPhone 14, Apple showed some new security tools. One of them was Emergency SOS, a function that will allow users of the brand to communicate with emergency services in case they find themselves in a dangerous situation.

According to the company, this function allows the user to make an emergency call by simply pressing and holding the device’s side button and one of the volume buttons or by quickly pressing the side button five times in a row.

Here is a step-by-step explanation of what you need to do to set up Emergency SOS on your phone:

1. The first step is to access the configuration section of the device. To do this, the person must identify the gear icon, click on it and then select the Emergency SOS option.

2. Once this is done, the user will be presented with a menu where he/she can activate the function and choose how to activate the phone’s emergency function. It should be noted that no matter which option the user chooses, he/she will receive an alert sound and a countdown before the call to emergency services is made.

At this point, the person will also be able to set a contact number to receive an alert if the user activates the Emergency SOS.

3. At this stage, the person will have to access the medical identification page and create a profile in which he/she will have to add the corresponding contacts he/she wants to be notified.

After an emergency call ends, your iPhone alerts your emergency contacts with a text message, unless you choose to cancel. Your iPhone sends your current location and, for some time after entering SOS mode, your emergency contacts receive updates when your location changes,” Apple says.

Once the emergency is over, the user can stop sharing their location with their contacts. If not, the system will send a notification every four hours for 24 hours.