Smartphones are spectacular for taking pictures, scanning messages, and sending messages, but they can also be a lifesaver if you take the time to set them up before the need arises.
Both Android and iOS are easy to use – Use systems to release your location for a friend, family member, or other trusted contact in case of emergency. You can even make connections that allow you to search for loved ones to see if your phone has recently detected any movement, and then request an automatic location update if you can not reach them.
The key to all this You need to pre-configure your emergency system so that it is available in case of emergency. Take two minutes now and rest assured that your phone is ready.
The Simple Option for iOS
If you own an iPhone, Apple offers an integrated Emergency SOS system that lets you quickly call 91
To start, tell your phone who your emergency contacts are:
- Open the Health app
- Tap the Medical ID tab.
- Tap Edit. (If you have not yet created a medical ID, you'll need to do it first.)
- Find the Add Emergency Contact option and add as many people as you want.
Apple's iOS Health app includes the key to configure emergency sharing on an iPhone.
If you are ever in an emergency situation with an iPhone 8 or higher:
- Press and hold the power button Pressing any of the volume buttons displays an emergency countdown on your screen.
- Hold down both buttons until the countdown has expired.
- Your iPhone automatically calls 911 as soon as the call is disconnected If you have an iPhone 7 or earlier version, press the power button five times quickly and slide your finger over the emergency SOS slider on the screen Process.
The Simple Option for Android
Android does not have a similar all-in-one feature, but it does offer a way to provide emergency services with information about a pre-assigned emergency contact from the lock screen. The setup may differ slightly depending on the phone and Android version, but the basics should be the same.
- Go to the lock screen of your phone. (You have not set a screen lock, why not?)
- Find the word "emergency" at the bottom of the lock screen. Touch it.
- Tap Emergency Information, then touch the pencil icon (or "Add", depending on the phone). You will be prompted to enter your PIN or blocking pattern.
- You are taken to the Emergency Information screen where you can add personal information (such as blood type or existing medical conditions) and any desired contacts.
The advanced option for Android or iOS
For a more robust setup where you can share and trusted contacts with request locations – without having to make a 911 call – load the trusted contacts Download from Google App for Android or iOS. After you have logged in, create your connection list.
- On the main app screen, tap the "Add contacts" box.
- Find the name of the person you want to add.
- has approved your request (and has also installed the app on her phone), you can always see if she has been active recently and also if the battery of the phone is very weak.