New Emergency SOS feature

Apple recently pushed out its iOS 10.2 update, which brings a slew of new updates and changes to the iPhone experience. One of the big inclusions with the new update is the SOS button, a feature that is now necessary requirement on all smartphones as per DoT’s regulations. This addition is in conjunction with the Indian government launching its own national emergency service (like 911 in the US) in the form of 112, starting January 1, 2017.

How it works

Emergency SOS allows you to call emergency services in your region by rapidly pressing the Sleep/Wake button on the side of your iPhone five times. This allows you to call 112 (or the emergency number in your area) without even having to take your iPhone out of your pocket.

Once you have activated Emergency SOS, your iPhone will sound an alarm and give you a three second countdown, that way you have a chance to cancel it if it was accidentally triggered. After the three seconds, your iPhone will make the call automatically.

How to turn off Emergency SOS on iPhone

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Emergency SOS.
  4. Tap the Click Sleep/Wake to Auto Call On/Off switch. When the switch is grey that means the feature has been disabled.

How to turn off the countdown sound on iPhone

Heaven forbid you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to make an emergency call in silence, but if you ever are, or if you just hate the blaring alarm during the Emergency SOS countdown, you can turn it off at anytime.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Emergency SOS.
  4. Tap the Countdown Sound On/Off switch. When the switch is grey that means the feature has been disabled.

your emergency contacts can be setup from the health app, see the steps below.

Set up your Medical ID in the Health app on your iPhone

Your Medical ID provides medical information about you that may be important in an emergency, like allergies and medical conditions as well as who to contact in case of an emergency. You can create your Medical ID in the Health app that can be accessed without unlocking your iPhone.

Set up your Medical ID

To make your important health information accessible in case of an emergency, you can set up your Medical ID in the Health app on your iPhone.

Create your Medical ID:

  1. Open Health and tap Medical ID > Edit.
  2. Enter your emergency contacts and health information like your birth date, height, and blood type.
  3. Turn on Show When Locked to make your Medical ID available from the Lock screen. In an emergency, this gives people who want to help some important information, like the emergency contacts that you’ve entered.
  4. When you’re finished, tap Done.

Make an emergency call and access Medical ID

If an iPhone has a Medical ID, you can view emergency medical information on the device or make an emergency call. To view the Medical ID, open the Health app and tap Medical ID. If the iPhone is locked, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Home button.
  2. Tap Emergency.
  3. On the Emergency call screen, you can make a call or tap Medical ID to see emergency medical information stored on the device.