iOS 14.5 brings a ton of awaited features like unlocking iPhone using Apple Watch, changing default apps, AirTag support, etc. One of these features is the ability to set up emergency calls using Siri on iPhone. If you want to trigger emergency calls using Siri in iOS 14.5 on iPhone, here’s how you can use this feature.
Even though activating emergency calls (by clicking the side button rapidly for 5 times) has always been very simple on iPhone, Siri has made the process easier. Plus, this feature allows anyone to trigger an emergency SOS on an iPhone, keeping in mind the situation where a person may not be able to make calls. So, whenever you need help, Apple’s virtual assistant is always there for you.
By default, iPhone first plays a loud warning sound and then starts a countdown. After that, it calls the emergency services. When the emergency call ends, Siri alerts your emergency contacts which you have specified in the settings. The notification says that you have made an emergency call and also includes the current location.
To use this feature, you first need to add emergency contacts and make sure that “Hey Siri” is enabled on your iPhone.
Adding an emergency contact:
- Step 1 – Launch the Health App on your iPhone.
- Step 2 – Tap on your profile icon on the Top Right corner of your iPhone’s screen.
- Step 3 – Tap on Medical ID.
- Step 4 – Tap on Edit on the Top Right corner of your iPhone’s screen.
- Step 5 – Scroll down to the emergency contacts section and tap on the “Add Emergency Contacts” option.
- Step 6 – Pick any preferred contact of your choice from your phonebook, or you can even search for the person. Siri will call this contact whenever you need help.
- Step 7 – Specify the relationship that you and your emergency contact bear.
- Step 8 – Tap on Done to save the changes that you just made.
Note: Alternatively, you can go to the Settings app > Emergency SOS > Emergency Contacts > Edit Emergency Contacts in Health. From here, you can add or remove the contact.
Calling your emergency contact using Siri:
Calling an emergency contact using Siri is very simple. But first, you need set up “Hey Siri” feature of Apple’s Virtual Assistant on your iPhone. To do this, navigate to the Settings app > Siri & Search and enable the toggles for Listen for Hey Siri, Press Side Button for Siri, and Allow Siri When Locked.
Moving further, to make Siri make the phone call, all you need to say it “Hey Siri, Call my Emergency Contact“
Siri will then immediately call the emergency contact. Also, it will send a message with your current location to the specified contact saying that you have called emergency services.
- In some countries or regions, emergency service providers may access your location information when you make an emergency call.
- With CDMA, as soon as an emergency call ends, iPhone automatically activates emergency call mode for a few minutes to allow a call back from emergency services. During this time, iOS blocks data transmission and text messages.
- With the help of your carrier’s emergency calling information, you can figure out the restrictions of emergency calling over Wi-Fi.
- After making the call, iOS may disable certain call features that block or silence incoming calls for a short period of time to allow a callback from the emergency services. These features are – Do Not Disturb, Silence Unknown Callers, and Screen Time.
That’s all about how to set up emergency calls using Siri in iOS 14.5 on iPhone! Taking into consideration how unpredictable life is, you should always keep it enabled. The best part about this feature is that anyone can call up Siri and make an emergency call on behalf of you. This way, the emergency services can reach out for help without delay.
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