Text 911 on iPhone or Apple Watch

You can quickly text 911 in the United States using your iPhone or Apple Watch.

Before you begin

Texting 911 requires an iPhone running iOS 13 or later, or an Apple Watch with watchOS 6 or later. Your iPhone must have a mobile connection; your watch needs either a mobile connection or to be near the iPhone that it's paired with.

You can only text emergency services in locations where it's supported. In places that don't support texting emergency services, you may receive a "bounce-back” message indicating that the text didn't go through.

How to text 911 on your iPhone

  1. Open the Messages app.
  2. In the To field, type 911.
  3. In the Text Message field, type your emergency.
  4. Tap the send button.

How to text 911 on your Apple Watch

  1. Open the Messages app.
  2. Press the Messages screen firmly.
  3. Tap New Message.
  4. Tap Add Contact.
  5. Tap the number pad button, then type 911.
  6. Tap Create Message.
  7. Tap the Scribble button  to write a message with your finger.
  8. Tap Send.

After you’ve texted 911, your device will enter emergency mode for 30 minutes. To get out of emergency mode, restart your iPhone or Apple Watch.

Learn more

You can use Emergency SOS to call for help quickly and easily, and alert your emergency contacts.

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