Did you know your phone had this emergency safety feature? We didn’t! But we’ve just tested it and it works!

A Facebook post brought this feature to our attention so we just HAD to share. You never know when it might be useful.

If you are ever in an unsafe situation and need to discreetly call the police, hit your iPhone’s LOCK/ON-OFF BUTTON (on the side or top) quickly 5 times and you’ll get this screen below.

Your phone will immediately dial 000 and connect you with the Emergency operator.

Even if your phone is out of service, if another provider has service in the area you are dialling 000 from, your call will most likely be connected.

With Samsung- hold down the power button then it will come up with options.

WARNING! If you test this feature please be aware you will quickly need to end a 000 call that dials within 3 seconds and also cancel a message that is auto sent to your emergency contacts. Also it will sound an alarm!

Emergency Contacts

You can also add emergency contacts to your phone so that after your 000 call ends, your iPhone alerts your emergency contacts with an sms. Your iPhone will send your current location, and will even send updates if your location changes during a certain period after the emergency call has ended.

How To Add Emergency Contacts

Add emergency contacts to your phone via the Health app. Tap on the Medical ID tab, scroll down and you will see the green plus button next to ‘emergency contacts’. Hit the plus button and add your people.

NOTE: Different phones may have varying methods to activate this feature. You may also need to check for the latest update.

Did you know about this feature? Share and help spread the word.

Share your comments below.

  • Yep, my daughter told me about this a couple of years ago. There’s another feature that will alert those close to you where exactly you are if you activate it and are in danger. A small peace of mind for parents of young people out on their own


  • An interesting read, thanks.


  • Great reminder of this safety feature – Hope I will be able to remember it if ever I need to use it.


  • I think I’ve seen this before, but it’s an Seoul reminder. Thanks.


  • Good to know!


  • Great feature ! However I don’t have an iPhone.


  • Wow, great feature that I think most people didn’t know about


  • This is a handy feature that I didn’t know about until now
    Thanks for the informative article Tracy Hardy .


  • Oh yeah I see it. Mine is disabled. I also have a red phone on my lock screen that I can store emergency numbers on, so that they can be contacted without opening phone


  • Wow! This is good to know!


  • It’s great to know this! It will provide some security if needed.


  • Wow, no I didn’t but thank you for posting!


  • I actually found this out by accident


  • Very handy to know, thank you.


  • If you have this option in your phone don’t let your children play with. They are probably more likely to accidentally activate it than you are.


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