Activate and configure emergency SOS messages on your cell phone

by | Jun 8, 2021

Following up on the recent position that RSI Mexico adopted in relation to the movement “A day without us” which seeks to put a stop to gender violence. We have decided to reinforce this support through the following article extracted from Xataka movil for the activation of emergency SOS messages, which anyone who is in a situation of risk can implement.

For this it is necessary to previously configure our devices so they can send an emergency message to our selected contacts, with our location and in some cases, photos and audio.

Emergency message settings on Samsung.

Samsung cell phones have had this feature in place for quite some time. Activating it is simple. You just have to follow the following steps:

  • Go to “Settings”.
  • Select “Advanced Features”.
  • At the bottom, click on “Send SOS messages” and activate it.
  • Add at least one trusted recipient. You can have up to four, so put the ones you consider appropriate.
  • Optional: you can attach images taken with the front and rear cameras and a five-second audio recording. To do this, check both boxes.
  • Activation: by pressing the power button three times.

Emergency message settings on iPhone

On an iPhone we can also configure emergency contacts. It is not done from the settings, but must be done from the Health app.

  • Go to the “Health” app and press “Medical information”
  • Press “Edit” and go to “Emergency Contacts”.
  • Press “+” and choose the emergency contacts.
  • Press «OK» to save the changes.

iPhone works differently than Android cell phones, since it first calls the local emergency number and, when the call ends, it sends the message to the contacts that we have previously configured. In it, as in the previous cases, your current location is included and, if you move, an update will be sent.

Activation on an iPhone 8 or higher: press and hold the power button and one of the volume buttons until “SOS emergency” appears. Drag to the right.

Activation on an iPhone 7 or earlier: quickly press the side button or the volume up button five times. “SOS Emergency” will appear and you will have to drag to the right.

Other options

Another option is to use the functions of the apps that we use every day. WhatsApp, Telegram and Google Maps, for example, allow you to share your location in real time for up to 24 hours, so if you don’t feel safe you can use some of those apps. If you have the phone on and have an Internet connection, the location will be sent.