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How To Turn Off Emergency SOS on iPhone

Smart Phone Sos Settings

The emergency SOS feature is available in iPhone devices which are integrated due to security reasons! The SOS feature will make an emergency call to the authorities. For example, in the United States, the emergency SOS option will make a call to 911 and share your location automatically (in iPhone 12 and above). The problem is that the emergency SOS call will be made through the physical button on the iPhone. Many incidents have been reported where the SOS is triggered mistakenly, and police arrive unexpectedly.  

Quick Answer

You can also turn off the emergency SOS on iPhone devices to avoid unusual circumstances, such as triggering the SOS mistakenly. The emergency SOS is activated or triggered by pressing the power button five times, long-pressing the volume and power button. You can turn off this feature from the “Settings” > “Emergency SOS” with a few taps. 

No matter where you’re in this world, it is normal to face emergencies where you can do nothing but call emergency services such as 911 in the US. Apple has made the process easier by enabling the SOS trigger through the physical buttons, but things can turn upside down when you unexpectedly trigger this feature. 

In this guide, we’ve listed how the SOS gets triggered and how to turn off the Emergency SOS option on iPhone. In our bonus section, you can also learn how to turn off the SOS on Apple Watch. Without further ado, let’s get started.

How To Trigger an Emergency SOS on iPhone

Apple has always focused on its users’ safety and accessibility.  This time, the brand came up with the physical trigger for emergency SOS. If you’re stuck in a situation where you cannot move much, you can trigger the emergency SOS feature and call 911 (depending on the region). Here’re some ways by which the emergency SOS can be triggered on iPhone:

  • If you rapidly press the power button five times, you’ll see the countdown screen. After the countdown ends, a call to 911 will be made automatically. 
  • If you press the volume and power button, an emergency page with a slider opens. Swipe the slider to the right to call 911. 
  • If you press and hold the volume + power buttons, the iPhone will start the countdown, after which a call will be made to 911. 
  • There are high chances that you might press these buttons mistakenly in all these scenarios, and police will arrive at the location unexpectedly. You can turn off the emergency SOS on your iPhone to avoid these circumstances. 

How to Turn Off Emergency SOS on iPhone

You can turn off the Emergency SOS on your iPhone simply from your device’s Settings. While the option is useful in emergencies, you might trigger it unexpectedly, and things will go wrong. Thus, here is a step-by-step guide to turning off the feature:

Step #1: Go to Settings 

Go to the Settings of your iPhone device and look for “Emergency SOS”. Tap on the Emergency SOS option to open it. 

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Step #2: Disable Emergency SOS

The next step is to disable the option so that you won’t automatically trigger the SOS in the future. Disable the “Call with Side Button” by tapping the slider. 

Note

This option will disable the SOS feature by which the iPhone device makes a call to 911 automatically by pressing the Power button five times.

Step #3: Disable Auto Call

You can also disable the option by which the iPhone device makes an emergency call by pressing the volume and power buttons by turning off the Auto Call option

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How to Turn off Emergency SOS on Apple Watch

Sometimes, your Apple watch might also trigger the emergency SOS call when you press and hold the side button— and there are more chances of triggering from the Apple Watch instead of the iPhone. Thus, you can turn off this feature on the Apple watch by the following method:

  1. Open the Watch App on your iPhone. 
  2. Tap on the “My Watch” tab and then “Emergency SOS”
  3. You’ll find the “Hold Side Button to Dial” option. Turn off the slider. 
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Conclusion

Emergency SOS is a great feature to help whenever you face any emergency and can’t wait to dial the emergency number. You can simply trigger the emergency SOS by pressing the power button five times in a row or pressing and holding the Power + volume buttons. Sometimes, the buttons press mistakenly, and things can go wrong. You can always turn off the Emergency SOS on your iPhone from “Settings” > “Emergency SOS”. Have an Apple watch as well? You can also turn off this feature for Apple Watch from “My Watch” > “Emergency SOS”. 

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