If you're in trouble, your Apple Watch can help you get the help you need.

You may never need the Apple Watch's SOS feature, which lets you call emergency medical services at the press of a button. But just having it available can be a life-saver — and I'm not using that phrase lightly.

If you're curious about how to use SOS and configure it on your Apple Watch, read on.

What is SOS?

Apple's SOS feature gives users a single- or multi-touch way to quickly dial emergency medical services in their current area — whether you're local or traveling overseas. In addition, your watch will ping up to three pre-set emergency contacts with a text message letting them know that you've activated SOS.

After SOS is activated, your watch will display your current Medical ID, so that responders can instantly see important medical information like your height, weight, allergies, and the like.

How to activate SOS

  1. Press and hold the Side Button on your Apple Watch.
  2. Swipe right on the Emergency SOS slider.

SOS will then activate, calling EMS and sending a text message to your emergency contacts.

How to enable or disable single-press SOS

By default, SOS is configured to activate after you've pressed and held the Side Button, then swiped right on the Emergency SOS toggle. But if you want an even easier way to activate the feature, you can turn on a setting that lets you activate SOS just by holding down the Side Button.

  1. Go to the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on General > Emergency SOS.
  3. Switch the Hold to Auto Call toggle to on.

Once you've done so, you can still press and hold the Side Button to get the Power Off, Medical ID, or SOS sliders, but if you continue to hold the Side Button, the SOS slider will slowly fill up on a 3-count, then automatically place a call with EMS and inform your emergency contacts.

How to add emergency contacts

You can add up to three emergency contacts from your group of friends and family to be automatically notified should you enable SOS. Here's how to do so:


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