iOS 10.2 delivers Apple Watch’s Emergency SOS feature to iPhone

“The potentially life-saving Emergency SOS feature which debuted on the Apple Watch with the release of watchOS 3 this fall is coming soon to your iPhone via a forthcoming iOS 10.2 software update,” Christian Zibreg reports for iDownloadBlog.

“Emergency SOS is now available on an iPhone with iOS 10.2 beta 2,” Zibreg reports. “To enable Emergency SOS, slide the toggle labeled Click Sleep/Wake to Auto Call in Settings → General to the ON position. This prompts your iPhone to automatically call emergency services when you rapidly click the power button five times.”

“If you also want it to play a distinct sound while counting down, slide the Countdown Sound switch to the ON position,” Zibreg reports. “You’re all set—should you ever need to call emergency services, simply press the Sleep/Wake button quickly five times in a row and the device will automatically call your country’s version of 911.”

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MacDailyNews Note: With Apple Watch, when you make a call with SOS, your Apple Watch automatically calls the local emergency number. In some countries, you might need to choose the service that you need. For example, in China you can choose police, fire, or ambulance.

You can also add up to three SOS contacts. After an emergency call ends, your Apple Watch alerts your SOS contacts with a text message, unless you choose to cancel. Your Apple Watch sends them your current location, and, for a period of time after you enter SOS mode, it will send your SOS contacts updates when your location changes.

Here’s how to make a call:
1. Press and hold the side button on your watch until the Emergency SOS slider appears.
2. Continue to hold down the side button. Wait for a countdown to begin and an alert to sound. You can also drag the Emergency SOS slider.
3. When the countdown ends, your watch automatically calls emergency services.

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