Apple Just Introduced a New Life-Saving iPhone Feature – Here’s How It Works

Hopefully, you’ll never have to use it.

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Meet your body guard: Your iPhone Emergency Feature

We sometimes feel like our phones are our lifelines, but the latest iPhone operating system, iOS 11, has a new function could be a life-saver.

According to LifeHacker, the feature is the Emergency SOS function, which could really help you out when you’re in a dangerous pinch. (Here are 15 apps that will make you healthier, too.)

It serves two purposes, first as a proverbial flare gun, sending an instant message to local authorities if you’re in a dangerous situation. The second purpose is to lock your TouchID so that potential assailant can’t literally force your hand it opening your phone.

Here is how the iPhone emergency feature works

The setup process is pretty straightforward: Go to your iPhone’s settings icon, and then go down to “Emergency SOS.”

Once you’re in the Emergency SOS section, it will provide you with options for how you want to use the function.

If you want to be able to quickly and automatically contact 911, switch on the AutoCall function.

There’s also a section to fill in Emergency contact information. This can come in handy if you’re in an accident and the hospital needs to give or take pertinent information to your friends or family.

There’s also the option to turn on the Countdown Sound on the Emergency SOS function, which helps users from accidentally activating the function. When the Emergency SOS is toggled, it will blare out three very loud alarms, counting down the three seconds before the 911 is dialed.

And as far as the TouchID shutoff feature goes, it will be automatically activated when you slide the Emergency SOS function into gear. Even if you cancel the 911 call before it completes, your phone will only be able to be opened via passcode.

Although ideally, you won’t ever have to use it, these are trying times, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Originally Published on Reader's Digest

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