In emergencies, the SOS feature on your iPhone can be a lifesaver, as it enables quick access to emergency services. However, you may need to disable this feature to avoid accidental calls. In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to turn off the SOS feature on your iPhone.
Moreover, this article will include methods that cover both old iPhones and newer ones. So whatever iPhone you have you can follow this article to solve your issue.
Why Turn Off SOS?
In case of emergencies, this feature is a lifesaver. But when it starts accidentally it can get annoying. So some users prefer to turn off this feature to avoid accidental triggers. For instance, while they have the phone in their pocket.
So in these cases, it makes sense to disable SOS to avoid unwanted triggers. It makes sure that all the calls are made intentionally. It is an extremely simple process. Although the method can be a little different depending on the model but more or less it will be almost similar same. So let us dive in and see how it is done in all models.
Steps to Turn Off SOS on iPhone
As mentioned above I have divided the procedure into two sections. The first method will cover the settings for iOS 15 and later and the other one will cover the older versions.
For iOS 15 and later:
- Open the Settings App – The first step is to navigate to the Settings app on your iPhone. Now search for the Emergency SOS section.
- Toggle Off “Call with Side Button” and other options – Here you will see multiple toggle buttons such as Call with Hold and Release, Call with 5 Button Presses, and Call After Severe Crash. The first two options are common and are available on all iPhones. But the last option is only available in the iPhone 14 or later versions so check accordingly. You need to toggle off all these options.
After disabling these options what if you still want to use the emergency SOS settings? You can still use it as mentioned below.
To do this you have to use the power options menu. You can access this by holding down the power button on iPhone 7 or older models whereas holding down the side button and either volume button works for newer models.
For iOS 14 and Earlier
Above we discussed iOS versions 15 and later. This section of the article includes iOS versions before 15. Although the settings are not much different, still you should have a look at it so that you can use it without any issues.
- Open the Settings App – Just like the previous method start with opening settings and go to the Emergency SOS.
- Toggle Off “Call with Side Button”.
- Here you will find the “Call with Side Button”. You have to disable this option to avoid the automatic emergency call.
- Disable “Auto Call(optional).
These above-given methods will work for you. Still, if you want to disable the emergency call service after countdown you can disable the auto call toggle.
SOS is a helpful feature on the iPhone. Whether you want to disable it or enable depends upon your choice. By following the guide above you can disable it on any version of iOS. One thing I would recommend is to always understand a way to use this feature. In other words, safety is a must and can’t be compromised at all. So enable or disable this but learn how to use it in emergencies. This was all about turning off SOS settings in iPhone. If you find this article helpful, you may also want to read how to temporarily disable Instagram?