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 cellular connection; your watch needs either a cellular connection or to be near the iPhone that it's paired with. To text 911 using Siri, make sure that Siri is turned on.

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

How to text 911 on your iPhone or Apple Watch

Text 911 using Siri or by typing your message.

Use Siri

  • On your iPhone, say "Hey Siri, text 911." Or press the side button for a few moments, then immediately make your request.
  • On your Apple Watch, say "Hey Siri, text 911." Or, if you have Raise to Speak turned on, just raise your wrist and say "text 911." You can also press and hold the Digital Crown and make your request.

If asking Siri to text 911 doesn't work, make sure that you have Siri turned on.

Type your text message

If you're in a situation where it's safer or more convenient, or if Siri is turned off, you can type your emergency text.

On 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.

On 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 text 911, your device enters 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 quickly and easily call for help and alert your emergency contacts.

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