The 4-Step Guide on How to Set Up Emergency SOS on Apple Watch

Today you’re going to learn how to set up emergency SOS on Apple watch and smart devices.

This amazing feature by the Apple brand makes it really easy for users to notify loved ones whenever they are in danger, or in locations where they don’t suppose to be and get help really quick.

And you’re going to learn how to set it all up in these simple steps;

Let’s get started!

The Emergency SOS Functionality for Apple Watches

The Emergency SOS functionality which is available on smartphones and smartwatches is designed to let people know that you are in trouble and what your real-time location is so that someone can come to rescue you.

The emergency SOS feature on your Apple Watch lets you quickly and easily call for help and alert your emergency contacts.

We don’t pray for any emergency for ourselves or loved ones but imagine your grandparents that are living alone and they have an accident or they get hurt, with their Apple Watch they can easily get help quickly.

You or your children may be in an unsafe situation, perhaps kidnapped or being robbed and you need to get help quickly, you can use the Emergency SOS feature on your Apple Watch.

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The Emergency SOS feature of your Apple Watch shares your real-time location with emergency services and your emergency contacts. It also alerts your emergency contacts with text messages of your current location and when your location changes, it updates them except you decide to cancel it.

The emergency call can be made on the Apple Watch by pressing and holding down on the side button for several seconds in a row. Apple prompts you to first turn on the Emergency SOS feature as you set up your Apple Watch but most people ignore it. However, you can still turn it on later.

Most people may not want their Apple Watch Emergency SOS to turn on as it is easy to mistakenly make an emergency call if something presses against the side button.

If you want to use the Emergency SOS feature on your Apple Watch and it does not have a cellular, you will need your iPhone close to you. If your iPhone is not close to you, then your Apple Watch has to be connected to a Wi-Fi network and you need to enable Wi-Fi calling.

How to Set Up Emergency SOS on Apple Watch

This involves the following steps:

  • How to set up emergency SOS on apple watch to make calls?
  • How to set up emergency SOS on apple watch and add emergency contacts?
  • How to remove emergency contacts?
  • How to turn off automatic Emergency SOS dialling on your Apple watch?

#1: How to Set Up Emergency SOS on Apple Watch to Make Calls

Step #1: Press and hold the side button on your Apple Watch until the Emergency SOS slider shows.

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Step #2: Until a countdown begins and you hear an alert sound, continue holding the side button of the Apple Watch. The Emergency SOS slider can also be dragged.

Once the countdown ends, your Apple Watch automatically calls emergency services.

As soon as the call end, your Apple Watch sends a text message of your current location to your emergency contacts unless you choose to cancel this functionality. Your emergency contacts also get updated when you change location.

If by mistake the countdown starts, to stop it just release the side button. Also, if an emergency call is made by mistake, press the display firmly and tap End Call.

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#2: How to Set Up Emergency SOS on Apple Watch and Add Emergency Contacts?

As I have mentioned before, whenever you use the Apple Watch Emergency SOS feature, your watch automatically let your emergency contacts know that you are in danger if you have set them. You can set up your emergency contacts in the Health app by following these steps.

  1. Open the Health app and tap on your profile picture
  2. Tap the Medical ID which is under the Medical Details
  3. Tap Edit and then scroll to the Emergency Contacts section
  4. To add an emergency contact, tap the add Emergency contact button.
  5. Tap a contact, then add their relationship.
  6. To save changes, tap Done.

It is possible to add multiple emergency contacts but note that all of them will receive a text message with a real-time of your location if you use the Emergency SOS feature of your Apple Watch

If you have allergies to medicines or any health conditions that paramedics need to know about you, you can also add your medical information in the Health app.

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#3: How to Set Up Emergency SOS on Apple Watch and Remove Emergency Contacts?

To remove emergency contacts, you can follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Health app and tap on your profile picture
  2. Tap the Medical ID which is under the Medical Details
  3. Tap Edit and then scroll to the Emergency Contacts section
  4. Next to the contact you want to delete, tap the delete emergency contact button and then tap Delete.
  5. To save changes, tap Done.

#4: How to Turn Off Automatic Emergency SOS Dialiling on Your Apple Watch?

Are you worried about mistakenly activating the Auto Emergency SOS call feature, you can turn it off by changing your settings? To do this, follow the steps below.

  1. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app and tap the My Watch tab.
  2. Tap Emergency SOS
  3. Turn off the Hold Side Button

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