“Emergency call SOS” and emergency passport set up on iPhone

With only one key combination you start the emergency mode on the iPhone. This makes both the emergency call and important emergency contacts quickly accessible. atechbook shows how to set up the function.

Emergency Mode is a handy iPhone feature that automatically calls the emergency number when you activate it. In addition, you can define your own emergency contacts, who will then also be called. You can also set up an emergency passport so that first responders have an overview of any pre-existing conditions, blood type or allergies.

Set up emergency mode on iPhone

Go to the iPhone settings to the item “Emergency SOS”. There a short animation shows how you can start the emergency mode.

Emergency mode on iPhone 8 and newer

On iPhone 8 or later, Emergency Mode opens by default after a long, simultaneous press and hold of the power button of one of the volume buttons. Alternatively, you can set the mode to work by pressing the power button five times. To do this, you need to activate the “Call with side button” option. To start the function, you now only have to drag the SOS slider to the right.

Press and hold the side button after starting emergency mode, a countdown will start. If you hold the button until the countdown expires, call the emergency number directly.

Emergency mode on iPhone
SOS mode is an important tool for emergency situations Photo: atechbook

Emergency mode on iPhone 7 and older

On iPhone 7 and older iPhones, the default setting is that emergency mode can be accessed by pressing the power button five times.

Automatically dialing the emergency number

You can also decide whether the emergency number should be dialed automatically. Normally, the emergency mode dials the right number by itself. However, in some countries you have to enter the correct emergency number beforehand.

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Set up Emergency Passport in Apple Health

Important for setting up the emergency mode is the emergency passport. This contains important information such as pre-existing conditions, allergies, medical findings and medications taken, as well as blood type, weight and height. These are things that can be crucial in an emergency.

You can create the emergency passport either directly via the SOS settings or via Apple Health.

  1. Go to “Health” in the settings.
  2. Click on your name shortcut in the upper right corner
  3. Select the “Emergency passport” option
  4. Then click on “Create emergency passport”.

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Emergency passport iPhone
The emergency passport contains information that can be important for medical treatment. Photo: atechbook

Set emergency contacts

In the emergency passport, you can also define contacts that will be automatically contacted via SMS in case of an emergency. The contacts will receive a message that you have dialed the emergency call. In addition, your current location is stored in the message. Even if you have deactivated the location services, the location query is temporarily activated automatically in this case. Emergency contacts will then receive continuous updates about the current location. A reminder appears every four hours asking if you want to stop location sharing.

Show emergency passport when iPhone is locked

You can also set in the emergency passport whether the information is also accessible when the iPhone is locked. To do this, make sure that the slider for “Show when locked” is flipped. This makes the emergency passport accessible even if you hold down the side button and volume key or press the side button five times. This is important if you are not able to start the emergency mode yourself.