How your iPhone could save your life

You may have heard people say “oh my iPhone is a lifesaver”, but you may not be aware that, with a few taps, your iPhone could literally save your life one day.

Okay, so that may be a bit extreme. However, if you do ever find yourself in danger, a new, little-known feature of iOS 11 called ‘Emergency SOS’ can automatically call your nearest emergency service provider to get you out of trouble.

All you need to do is tap your sleep/wake button five times. The sleep/wake button is located on the right-hand side of your phone, near the ear speaker.

It’s a handy feature that’s kind of like having your very own silent alarm – particularly effective for any women who feel threatened but don’t want to pull out their phone to call for help. It could also be handy if you become incapacitated in a way that makes it impossible to enter passwords or Touch ID, then dial a number.

So, in conjunction with setting up your Medical ID and letting your friends or family know where you are by using ‘Find My iPhone’, you now have an extra layer of personal security.

Do you have these features set up on your phone? Are there any other ways you can use your phone to make you feel safer when you’re out and about?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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