6 Life Saving Features of the iPhone during Emergency

It is good to always stay prepared for the possible worst scenarios and make arrangements for contingencies that make strike us unaware. A bit of preparedness can, however, make the situation a tad bit more manageable and even provide us a safety net. Luckily for iPhone users, their devices always ensure they remain half prepared. You may wonder about the other half. Well, that’s where we come in! An iPhone smartphone device may have a lot of features that may make you feel secure. But we’ll walk you through the other half so that you know each of these features and are able to make the best use of them. Without further ado, here’s the list of iPhone features that you should be completely aware of!

So, here are all iPhone features that will help you in an emergency, you can call it Life Saving Features.

1. Emergency SOS

During life or death situations, your iPhone can be used to stealthily call your region’s emergency services. For the Indian readers, you can select the number of times to click the sleep/ wake button on the right side of the device in order to activate the SOS service. You have to click the sleep/wake button to auto call that allows the phone to automatically call the emergency number after counting down from three.

You’ll get an option to cancel the call as well if it was made by error. If the auto call feature is off, a slider appears and the call has to be made manually after the 3 second timer ends.

2. Medical ID

Medical ID features of your iPhone stores important and personal health and medical details in itself. Should you find yourself in a life concerning a situation, making use of the Emergency SOS feature also displays your Medical ID on the same screen. Details such as age, height, weight, blood group and type, allergies, medications taken, organ donor or not etc. can all be displayed as chosen by the user.

3. Voice Memos and iCloud

In case you’re in a situation that needs you to audio record some secret conversation or other such information and then get that to a predetermined point, the iPhone makes it easier for you. Go to Settings > iCloud and toggle on the Voice Memos. After that, power on your other iCloud enabled device and ensure that you’re signed in there and also keep Voice Memos on in the other device too.

Now you can leave your other device at the safety of your home or some other clandestine location and as soon as you finish recording, Voice Memo will sync with the other device and get stored there.

4. Compass

The device proves itself to be handy in both urban and some rural, remote or wild areas as well. The in-built Compass app has been a part and parcel of the iOS for years now, that you are surely familiar with. But it may be at the back of your mind given the so many other utility mobile applications. While it can be used both online and offline, the accuracy is believed to be far greater if used in conjunction with the device’s GPS.

However, note that in case you’re offline, you can only direct yourself to the magnetic North. You can orient yourself to the True North only if your Location Services are enabled and you are online too.

5. Find My Friends

If you feel that you may enter a dangerous situation or are already in a fix, you will be able to keep your near and dear ones up to date about your latest locations. The in-built Find My Friends app enables you to keep a track of your friends’ locations and also provides notifications on them reaching or

To add or connect with your friends, make use of the Airdrop function if you’re both nearby or else send them an email request to go to Find My Friends and then Add. Once connected, you can share your location with any friend(s). Use it to track them or let them track you, no matter where any of you go.

6. (Offline) Google Maps

Last but definitely not the least, make outstation trips into far out places a bit more comfortable with the offline feature of Google Maps. You can download Google Maps for an area before heading out there. This’ll help you make use of the feature even with no internet connection at all.

Tap the 3 horizontal lines next to the search bar, go to offline maps and select custom map, then highlight the area to save, and download. Maps may take up to about 500 MB and expires after a certain period, so be mindful of updating them as and when needed.

With this, you’re sure to be prepared and ready to face almost any emergency situation. All you need is the presence of mind and knowing how to properly use these features. Lastly, be sure to keep them ready beforehand as and when needed.


Deepanjan Datta

Deepanjan Datta

Management student who likes to write articles at times, into mobile photography and likes to cook as a hobby.

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