The Emergency SOS feature on iPhone is designed to save you or your loved ones time and hassle if you need to call emergency services. Unfortunately, it’s also easy to accidentally trigger the shortcut.
If you’re worried about accidentally calling 911, you may want to disable the Emergency SOS feature on your iPhone. Here’s how to do it.
How to Turn Off Emergency SOS
If you have an iPhone, you may be curious about Emergency SOS – a feature that makes it easy to call the emergency services when you’re in need. Unfortunately, this feature can also be a bit dangerous if you accidentally trigger it. The Verge recently reported that a number of people have accidentally called 911 on their iPhones, even in situations where they thought they had no reason to do so.
Fortunately, there are several ways to turn off Emergency SOS on your iPhone and make it more difficult for accidental calls to be triggered. To turn off Emergency SOS, first open the Settings app and go into Emergency SOS. Then toggle off the two quick-access options: Auto Call and Call with Hold (press and hold both the side button and volume button).
You can also turn off a sound that plays whenever you activate Emergency SOS on your phone. This is especially helpful if you don’t want to hear a loud siren when you press the side button.
Another option is to turn off crash detection, which allows your iPhone to contact emergency services and send a text message to your emergency contacts when a severe car accident is detected. This is especially useful if you’re in the middle of a crash and need to get help as soon as possible.
Finally, turning off your cellular data can help you disable the Emergency SOS feature on your iPhone as well. This can be a good idea if you are in an area that doesn’t have cell service or if you don’t have a SIM card and don’t want to use it in an emergency situation.
How to Turn Off Crash Detection
Apple’s Crash Detection feature can be a lifesaver during a car crash, but it can also be a false alarm in some situations. Fortunately, it’s easy to turn off Crash Detection on an iPhone and Apple Watch, so you can avoid having to call emergency services in the future.
The Crash Detection feature is on by default on all iPhone and Apple Watch models, but you can disable it by going to Settings > Emergency SOS and turning off Call After Severe Crash. If you do this on an Apple Watch, it will automatically turn off the feature on your iPhone as well.
During the “Far Out” event, Apple introduced a new tool called Crash Detection that can identify when a crash is likely to occur, link you with emergency services, and alert dispatchers of your location so they can send help if necessary. Whether you’re on a road trip or just want to stay safe in your home, this feature is a must-have for any iOS device.
However, if you’re not in a car accident, you may want to disable the feature because it can be a bit annoying. The feature tries to dial emergency services whenever your device thinks a crash is imminent, even when you’re not near a phone and there’s no cell or Wi-Fi connection.
Another concern is that when the feature contacts emergency services and reports your location, it includes latitude and longitude coordinates even if you’re not using Location Services. This is a privacy issue that can affect your ability to use your device while traveling, and it could also put you at risk of identity theft if your device is lost.
How to Turn Off Auto Call
When you’re in an emergency, it’s important to be able to call 911 as quickly as possible. That’s why iPhone and Android phones offer shortcuts to dialing 911. However, these shortcuts are often triggered accidentally, which can be frustrating. In addition to wasting first responders’ time, they can also be hazardous.
To help prevent accidental 911 calls, you can turn off some of these features in the iPhone settings menu. These include Emergency SOS, Crash Detection and Auto Call.
Activating Emergency SOS is easy: Just press and hold the Power button with one of the volume buttons until a “Emergency” page appears, which includes the SOS slider. From there, you can swipe to call 911.
On the Apple Watch, you can also dial 911 by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. You can do this from the Watch app or on a third-party app that supports Apple Watch.
If you’re using the iPhone or Watch, you can disable the Auto Call feature by swiping it to the right and selecting “Turn off Auto Call.” The setting is on by default, but can be disabled at any time.
How to Turn Off Call With Hold
When you need to put a call on hold, Apple’s iOS gives you the option. It can be useful for situations where you have another call coming through or need to take a few minutes to answer your phone before returning to the original call. But, in some cases, this feature can be an inconvenience.
This is especially true if you are in a noisy environment or want to keep your conversation quiet. For example, if you’re talking to someone at work who is on the other end of the phone and they’ve started to talk too loud, muting your phone may not be the best idea.
However, you can use the Side button on your iPhone to put the call on hold rather than muting it. This is a great way to prevent eavesdropping on your conversation without giving up the ability to hear them.
Using the Side button to put a call on hold also works for calls that are sent to your voice mail. The only downside is that it can take up a lot of space in your voice mail, and that’s why you shouldn’t turn this feature on unless you are sure it is necessary.
To stop the Side button from putting a call on hold, you must first disable this feature in Settings. You can do this by turning off the “Call with Side Button” slider or the “Auto Call” slider.
Once you’ve disabled these features, you’ll be much less likely to accidentally call 911. It also makes it less likely that kids who are holding your phone will trigger these shortcuts by accident.