This iPhone hack could help you in an emergency

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Need emergency help? This iPhone hack could help you out

If you own an iPhone, you’ve probably amassed a bunch of tips and tricks to improve your usage and make your life easier. But there’s one hack you might not know about that may come even more handy in an emergency. 

The Emergency SOS feature – as the name suggests – allows you to automatically call your local emergency services. 

If you have emergency contacts, the feature will also alert them with a text message after your emergency call has finished, will send them your current location and sends updates if that location changes. 

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On an iPhone 7 or earlier, simply quickly press the side lock button five times. The Emergency SOS slider will then appear. 

On later models of the phone (iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus), just hold the side lock and volume buttons at the same time until the slider appears. Again, simply slide across to call the emergency services. 

Unlike earlier versions, however, if you continue to hold down the buttons then a countdown will start, at the end of which the emergency services will automatically be called.

And if you’re not sure how to add emergency contacts, it couldn’t be easier – just go into the Medical ID section of the Health app, where you can add names and numbers. 

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Emily Reynolds

Emily Reynolds is a journalist and author based in London. Her first book, A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind, came out in February 2017 with Hodder & Stoughton. She is currently working on her second.