iOS 16 came with tons of new features and great updates. It gave us an experience with all the new personalization features, deeper intelligence and more seamless ways to communicate and share. The lock screen has caught the thunder, but there are many other features worth considering as well. Emergency SOS! This feature is compatible with all iPhone devices and was released a long time ago. But with iOS 16, the SOS feature has been updated to a whole new level.
Let’s talk about a great feature built into all iPhones in today’s article called Emergency SOS. It’s a great feature for contacting emergency services quickly and easily. It is always a good idea to have a way to contact emergency services in an emergency. This feature is available on all iPhones. It’s just a little different depending on the type of iPhone you have. If you have an iPhone 8 or newer there is one way to access it, and if you have an iPhone 7 or earlier there is another way to access it. This feature allows you to immediately call emergency services in your area by pressing and holding the side and volume buttons at the same time.
What Happens When You Press the SOS Button on iOS 16?
When you press the SOS button on your iPhone, it automatically calls the nearest emergency number. In some countries and regions, you may need to select the desired service. In mainland China, for example, you can choose between police, fire brigade and ambulance. You can also include contact information in the event of an emergency. After an emergency call, unless you cancel, your iPhone will send a text message to your emergency contacts. When you enter SOS mode, your iPhone will send your current location and your emergency contacts will receive updates when your location changes for some time.
How does Emergency SOS work on iOS 16?
Make the following call on an iPhone 8 or later:
- An iPhone with Power Off, Medical ID, and Emergency SOS sliders. The Emergency SOS slider ticks away.
- Press and hold both the side and volume buttons until the Emergency SOS slider appears.
- Move the Emergency call slider to contact emergency services.
- If you continue to hold the side and volume buttons while dragging the slider, the countdown will begin and a warning will sound.
- If you hold down the buttons until the countdown ends, your iPhone will contact emergency services.
If your phone shows Only SOS, it could mean one of the following:
If you recently connected and your old service provider’s SIM card stopped working, restart your phone.
The phone may be locked to Telstra or Vodafone and you must have it unlocked before it works on the Optus network.
You can check if your phone is locked to a different network by inserting your new Moose SIM card into a phone that is not locked to Telstra or Vodafone and see if you get service.
If your phone is locked to Telstra or Vodafone, you can start the unlocking process by clicking on the links.
That’s it, folks! Hope you learned something new today regarding the new Emergency SOS feature on iOS 16. Let us know your thoughts on this feature in the comment section below.
Until next time, with another topic. Until then, Toodles.