How to make an emergency voice call on your iPhone and Apple Watch?

How to make emergency call on iOS iphone

Every mobile comes with an emergency call facility. With Emergency SOS, you can quickly and easily call for help and alert your emergency contacts.  Apple too has customized its iPhone and Apple watch to use the emergency voice call facility.

When you make a call with SOS, your iPhone automatically calls the local emergency number. In some countries and regions, you might need to choose the service that you need. Like police, fire, or ambulance.

You can also add emergency contacts. After an emergency call ends, your iPhone alerts your emergency contacts with a text message, unless you choose to cancel. Your iPhone sends them your current location, and, for a period of time after you enter SOS mode, it sends updates to your emergency contacts when your location changes.

Here’s how to make an emergency call on iPhone 8 or later devices:

Press and hold the side button and one of the Volume buttons until the Emergency SOS slider appears.

Drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services. If you continue to hold down the side button and Volume button, instead of dragging the slider, a countdown begins and an alert sounds. If you hold down the buttons until the countdown ends, your iPhone automatically calls emergency services.

Here’s how to make the call on iPhone 7 or earlier devices:

Rapidly press the side (or top) button five times. The Emergency SOS slider will appear.  Drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services.

After the call ends, your iPhone sends your Emergency contacts a text message with your current location, unless you choose to cancel. If Location Services is off, it will temporarily turn on. If your location changes, your contacts will get an update, and you’ll get a notification about 10 minutes later.

If you use the Emergency SOS shortcut, you need to enter your passcode to re-enable Touch ID, even if you don’t complete a call to emergency services.

To end an emergency call on iPhone 8 or later, release the side button and Volume button. On iPhone 7 or earlier, press the Stop button, then tap Stop Calling.

If you accidentally call emergency services, you can end the call. Tap, then confirm that you want to stop calling.

How to add and remove emergency contacts?

How to add emergency contact on iPhone

To add emergency contacts

  • Open the Health app and tap your profile picture.
  • Tap Medical ID.
  • Tap Edit, then scroll to Emergency Contacts.
  • Tap the add button to add an emergency contact.
  • Tap a contact, then add their relationship.
  • Tap Done to save your changes.
  • You can’t set emergency services as an SOS contact.

To remove emergency contacts

  • Open the Health app and tap your profile picture.
  • Tap Medical ID.
  • Tap Edit, then scroll to Emergency Contacts.
  • Tap the delete button next to a contact, then tap Delete.
  • Tap Done to save your changes.

To turn off Auto Call

When Auto Call is on and you try to make an emergency call, your iPhone begins a countdown and sounds an alert. After the countdown ends, your iPhone automatically calls emergency services.

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Tap Emergency SOS.
  • Turn Auto Call on or off.
  • If you turn off this setting, you can still use the Emergency SOS slider to make a call.

If you’re using someone else’s iPhone, you can place an emergency call or view the owner’s Medical ID without unlocking the phone. With the Lock screen showing, swipe up from the bottom edge of the iPhone or press the Home button. Tap Emergency, then make the call or tap Medical ID.

How to make an emergency call on Apple Watch?

When you make a call with Emergency SOS, your Apple Watch automatically calls the local emergency services and shares your location with them. In some countries and regions, you might need to choose the service that you need. For example, in China mainland you can choose police, fire, or ambulance. Also if you have Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular), your watch can also call local emergency services when you’re traveling in other countries or regions.

After an emergency call ends, your Apple Watch alerts your emergency contacts with a text message, unless you choose to cancel. Your Apple Watch sends them your current location, and, for a period of time after you enter Emergency SOS mode, it sends your emergency contacts updates when your location changes. Note that your watch doesn’t text your emergency contacts or share your location when you’re roaming outside your home country or region.

To use Emergency SOS on an Apple Watch that doesn’t have cellular, your iPhone needs to be nearby. If your iPhone isn’t nearby, your Apple Watch needs to be connected to a known Wi-Fi network and you must set up Wi-Fi Calling.

To make a call press and hold the side button on your watch until the Emergency SOS slider appears.
Apple watch- emergency call

Continue to hold down the side button. Wait for a countdown to begin and an alert to sound. You can also drag the Emergency SOS slider.

When the countdown ends, your watch automatically calls emergency services.

After the call ends, your Apple Watch sends your emergency contacts a text message with your current location, unless you choose to cancel. If Location Services is off, it will temporarily turn on. If your location changes, your contacts will get an update, and you’ll get a notification about 10 minutes later.

Apple watch- emergency call

When your location is being shared, you’ll get a reminder to stop every four hours for 24 hours. To stop the updates, tap Stop Sharing in the notification.

To end a call if you start the countdown by accident, release the side button.

If you start an emergency call by accident, firmly press the display, then tap End Call.

Now you can use this service on your iPhone whenever you are in any emergency state.