What Is SOS on Apple Watch, How to Use It & How to Turn It off

SOS on Apple Watch allows you to quickly call emergency services should you need help. For it to work, your iPhone will need to be in calling range. You’ll also need WatchOS 3. You only want to use SOS on Apple Watch if you absolutely need to; it’s the equivalent of dialing 911. If you find yourself in a state of emergency while wearing your Apple Watch, here’s how to use SOS.

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How to Use SOS on Apple Watch to Call Emergency Services

  • Press and hold the side button on Apple Watch.

  • A menu will pop up with three options: Power Off, Medical ID, and Emergency SOS.

  • To call emergency services, you can either continue to hold down the side button, which will activate a countdown that when finished will call emergency services. Or slide the option Emergency SOS to place the call.

  • If you start an emergency call by accident, firmly press the Apple Watch screen. When it says End Call? Tap Yes.

You can also add emergency contacts to your Medical ID. They will be alerted after you’ve placed an emergency call. You can also turn off the Hold to Auto Call feature within the Watch app on your iPhone.

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Conner Carey's writing can be found at conpoet.com. She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.