Even though we all have a love-hate relationship with our phones these days, there’s no denying that having a mobile device on you can come in handy when you’re in a pinch. Now, the iPhone has a new feature that could actually help save your life.
It’s Rule No. 1 that we call 911 whenever we have an emergency. But in some life-threatening situations, like an attacker coming after you, your safety could possibly be even more at risk if the person happens to see you dialing emergency services. That’s where the iPhone emergency SOS feature comes in to potentially help save the day.
A viral Facebook post by Travis Cena, a martial arts studio owner in California, recently revealed that your iPhone has a feature that allows you to hit your iPhone lock button quickly five times in a row in order to see an emergency SOS slider pop up on your screen. When you slide it, it’ll make the 911 call for you — no pressing keypad buttons necessary!
According to Apple’s official website, emergency SOS is available for all devices that are iOS 11 capable, but it’s only accessible with the five presses on iPhone 7 and earlier models. If you have an iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus, you’ll have to press and hold the side button and a volume button to make that same slider appear on the screen.
It’s worth noting that there’s an additional new feature called Auto Call, which will automatically sound when you place an emergency call. You’ll have to shut that feature off by going to your settings and shutting off Auto Call in order to make your call totally discreet.
We hope you never, ever have to use this feature, but it’s great to know it’s there, just in case!