I accidentally called 911 on the iPhone with the emergency SOS triggers more than a few times on my iPhone, but it's just as easy to trigger an unwanted emergency call with an Apple Watch. These 911 inadvertent calls can impact local public security pick-up points or call centers as well as local authorities and emergency medical technicians.
While this was not always the case, Apple Watch models were first given an "emergency SOS" feature when watchOS 3 was released in September 2016. With this feature, you can either press and hold the side button for about five seconds to trigger an emergency call, or long press the side button "Slider to make the call immediately.
When you sleep (or even change the watch bands) It's far too easy to press and hold this page key for the time it takes to initiate a 911 call over a cellular network or Wi-Fi. If you hold down the key, a countdown begins, and the Apple Watch vibrates and emits a siren, but if you are asleep, you may not notice the vibration alert or beeps that you will be calling in case of an emergency.19659002] In earlier versions of watchOS, when you pressed the side key for a long time, the To access the Power menu, the Power Off slider next to the Emergency SOS slider is in a hurry "Medical ID" would create a nice separation between the power and emergency sliders, but if not, they would embrace each other. Apple has resolved this in a subsequent update by keeping the location where the "Medical ID" slider remains empty, if there is no medical ID.
While you can no longer accidentally call with the slider 911, the "press and hold" method is still a problem when sleeping. Even if you are a light sleeper, the clock may be buried under the cushions, which mutes the siren and the vibration is insufficient to wake you up. To prevent this:
- Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
- Tap the "My Watch" tab.
- Tap "General" in the list.
- Tap Emergency SOS
- Make sure "Hold on Auto Call" is off.
And that's all it is. If you are awake, it is a good idea to keep this setting just in case there is a real emergency that makes it difficult to wipe the screen or say "Hey Siri" to call 911 for you , But before you go to bed at night or even take a nap during the day, it's a good idea to maintain this attitude unless you think the siren and the vibrations will pull you out of your deep sleep in time.
Funny fact: A local report in Elk Grove, California, in Sacremento County, said there were about 1,600 random emergency calls from Apple's repair and renovation facility in Elk Grove over a four-month period. Apple has confirmed this, but that does not mean that the problem is solved or contained in California alone.
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