“Hey, Siri, Call 911”: Using Siri to Call Emergency Services

When you’re in an emergency, you usually dial 911 manually, but did you know that Siri can call emergency services for you? When you tell Siri to call 911, you will have five seconds to cancel the call before the call will be made. Let’s dive deeper into what happens when you ask Siri to call 911.

Benefits of Using Siri during an Emergency

Sometimes an emergency, such as a car accident or a serious injury, can prevent you from reaching your iPhone. What’s great about using Siri during emergencies is that you can call 911 without touching your phone. Just make sure that your iPhone is set up for you to use the “Hey Siri” feature. Sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter for more Siri tips. 

What Happens When Using Siri to Call 911

You can use the following voice commands with Siri to call 911:

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  • “Hey, Siri, call the ambulance”
  • “Hey, Siri, dial 911”
  • “Hey, Siri, call emergency services”
  • “Hey, Siri, call 911”

When you use one of these voice commands, Siri will respond by saying “Calling Emergency Services in five seconds” to give you a chance to cancel the call if the call was unintentional. Despite Siri giving you five seconds to cancel a call, please do not attempt to test the feature out unless in an actual emergency. If you want your emergency contacts to be notified when using Emergency SOS, make sure you have enabled “Share During Emergency Call”. If you don't have a cellular signal, you may still be able to get help using the Emergency SOS via satellite on the iPhone 14 and later.

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Author Details

Kenya Smith

Kenya Smith is a Feature Web Writer for iPhone Life. She has a bachelor's degree in Strategic Communication and has written articles for two newspapers in her home state of Virginia. She also won first place in non-daily column writing for the 2019 and 2020 Virginia Press Association Awards.