Your phone has more survival tools than a Swiss Army knife, but you should how to use them. Get yourself out of a jam with your iPhone and these six life-saving features.
1. Emergency SOS
If you’re in a life-threatening situation, you can use your phone to covertly call emergency services in your region. Without even taking your phone out your pocket, you can dial 911 and inform your emergency contact of your location. The number your phone will call automatically adjusts to the local area.
Here’s how it works:
- On an iPhone 8 or later, active Emergency SOS by pressing and holding the side button and one of the volume buttons until the Emergency SOS slider appears, then drag the slider to make the call. If you continue to hold the buttons down, a loud alert will play and your iPhone will make the call automatically.
- Those with an iPhone 7 and earlier should rapidly press the side or top button five times, and the same screen will appear.
- If you have set an emergency contact chosen in Settings > Emergency SOS, your iPhone will automatically send that contact a text message with your current location. Should your location change, your contact will receive an update.