iPhone and Apple Watch safety features

Learn how to use your iPhone and Apple Watch to get help in an emergency.

How to make an emergency voice call

How to use Crash Detection on iPhone and Apple Watch

Crash Detection on your iPhone and Apple Watch is designed to detect if you've been in a severe car crash in a passenger vehicle. And, can alert emergency services for you.

Hold down two buttons on your iPhone

  1. Press and hold the side button and one of the Volume buttons at the same time until the Emergency Call slider appears.
  2. Drag the Emergency Call slider to call emergency services.

Learn more about Emergency Call on iPhone

Hold down the side button on your Apple Watch

  1. Press and hold the side button until the Emergency Call slider appears.
  2. Drag the Emergency Call slider to call emergency services. 

Learn more about Emergency Call on Apple Watch

Use a locked iPhone in an emergency

If you're using someone else's iPhone, you can place an emergency call or view the owner's Medical ID without unlocking the phone. With the Lock screen showing, swipe up from the bottom edge of the iPhone or press the Home button. Tap Emergency, then make the call or tap Medical ID.

More safety features

Get automatic help with fall detection

Apple Watch Series 4 and later can help you make an emergency call if you've taken a hard fall. And if you can't move, your Apple Watch automatically calls emergency services, then sends a message with your location to your emergency contacts.

Learn more about fall detection on Apple Watch

Set up your Medical ID for first responders

Emergency workers can view your critical medical information — such as allergies, medical conditions, and emergency contacts — without unlocking your iPhone or Apple Watch. Make sure that your information is accurate and up to date.

Learn more about setting up your Medical ID

Calling from iPad or Mac

With Wi-Fi calling, you can get in touch with emergency services on other devices. Learn how to set up Wi-Fi calling on your iPad or on your Mac.

Get safety alerts

Your iPhone and Apple Watch notify you when an emergency, government, or public safety alert has been issued.