With the new watchOS 3 on your Apple Watch, calling for emergency help has never been easier and faster than before.
You never know when you’re going to get into an accident, oh god I hope you never do, or just in any situations that require immediate medical attention or protection.
SOS is the name of the feature that allows you to call 911 or even international from any country. These numbers are built-in right into your Apple Watch. To activate this functionality, a user just has to press and hold the side button until the emergency countdown appear.
After the three seconds count, the Watch will then call 911 right away, of course it will be made through your iPhone. When connected to Wi-Fi, the watch can also make the call directly.
Here’s another selling-point:
In case a user is in another country, instead of calling U.S emergency services (911) their Apple Watch will call the equivalent number for the country they’re based in.
It’s not flawless
Look back and forth, right to left, we can’t really pick out a flaw in this feature. It’s absolutely useful in every situation. But its activation method made it easier to call even when we don’t need it to.
Here’s a real life example:
First day with WatchOS b2. Wore it while playing golf as I usually do as a round is a large percentage of my daily cals, exercise etc. Also called the police twice. By accident. That’s going to get really annoying for them and for me, really soon.
You read that correctly. It happens.
Some forum members from MacRumors also express their concerns.
Disable Emergency Call on Apple Watch
If you think the SOS feature is not suitable for you at the moment or needs to be turned off temporarily, then follow the instructions below.
- Turn on your iPhone and launch the Watch app (See this if you can’t find it)
- Go to General > Emergency SOS
- To disable SOS, toggle Press and Hold for SOS to Off.
Although you can no longer activate the Emergency Call through pressing and holding of the side button, this feature is still visible under the power-off slider.
You can always go back to the same Settings page and re-enable SOS.