The SOS feature on Apple iPhone and Apple Watch trigger automatically

19 March, 2018, 16:36 | Author: Sammy Rose
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Depending on the feature's settings, activating Emergency SOS may result in a loud countdown and a 911 call being automatically placed.

When Apple released iOS 11 in the fall, it included a feature called Emergency SOS on iPhone and Apple Watch.

That being said, the SOS alert feature was created to be discreet in which there might be some situations where users need to dial 911 without being seen. Once that is activated, an emergency phone call to the police would be placed, and a text message and your current location would be sent to your emergency contacts too. It works when a user is in danger or otherwise in need of help.

Emergency SOS, introduced in iOS 11, may be a lifesaver, but it may also place iPhone and Apple Watch owners in embarrassing situations. Pressing and holding the side button along with the volume buttons (both up and down volume rocker at the same) will also activate the Emergency SOS feature. The features seems pretty convenient and will enable the users to get help quickly. This set off the SOS alert and at around 1 am in the night Rowley was awakened by three cops.

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This was recently brought to light in a tweet by Jason Rowley and based on the comments on his tweet, quite a number of users are experiencing or have experienced something similar in the past where it isn't just limited to the Apple Watch but the iPhone as well. He then informed it that SOS alert was set off accidentally from the Apple Watch.

However, users should remember that disabling these features may reduce the effectiveness of Emergency SOS.

Meanwhile, a report from last month revealed that 1,600 false alarms have come from an Apple fix facility in California, where iPhones under fix are making too many 911 calls on accident. In fact, the Department of Telecommunications in 2016 also passed a rule, which made it compulsory for all smartphones, mobiles and feature phones to have an emergency button or software feature. After the countdown ends, your iPhone automatically calls 911 in the US.

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