Emergency SOS & Privacy

Emergency SOS is designed to protect your information and enable you to choose what you share.

  • When you use Emergency SOS, your device will attempt to call emergency services. To allow the dispatcher to assist you, this call may include your location, regardless of whether you enable Location Services.
  • Once the call ends, you can choose to notify your emergency contacts with a message that says you have called emergency services. This message also includes your current location. You can manage your emergency contacts by editing your Medical ID in the Health app on iPhone.
  • For a limited period of time, your device will send updates to your emergency contacts as your location changes.

When you use Emergency SOS, your device will attempt to call emergency services. To allow the dispatcher to assist you, this call may include your location, regardless of whether you enable Location Services. Once the call ends, you can choose to notify your emergency contacts with a message that says you have called emergency services. This message also includes your current location. You can manage your emergency contacts by editing your Medical ID in the Health app on iPhone.

For a limited period of time, your device will send updates to your emergency contacts as your location changes. You’ll receive a notification when this happens. When you use Emergency SOS on your Apple Watch you may stop these updates by selecting Stop Sharing in the notification on your Apple Watch. When you use Emergency SOS on your iPhone you may stop these updates by tapping the status bar on your iPhone and selecting Stop Sharing Emergency Location.

If Location Services is disabled, it will be temporarily enabled in order to notify your emergency contacts with your location. If you don’t want to send your location to your emergency contacts, on your iPhone open Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services, and turn off Emergency Calls & SOS.

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