Did you know that you can set an emergency contact for the police or paramedics to call from your locked Samsung Galaxy mobile phone? If you’re ever in an emergency it could save your life!
You do this by creating a dedicated ICE Emergency Contact group in your contacts and adding in your key emergency contacts, and then enabling the calling of emergency contacts from your lock screen. You can even set multiple ICE (in case of emergency) contacts.
Enable the calling of emergency contacts from your lock screen:
Once you’ve followed the steps above, you’ll have your Samsung Galaxy emergency ready. Hopefully it’s never needed, or if it is, it’s because someone has found your lost mobile phone and calls the emergency contact to get your phone back to you. (Wouldn’t that be nice?!)
The SOS feature enables you to send notice of your approximate location and any visual/auditory surroundings to the mobile phone of a contact you set in advance. It should NOT be used as a replacement for an emergency call to 000.
In the unfortunate event you need to use the SOS message feature, it can be activated by taping your power button 3 times and pictures from your front and rear camera will immediately be sent to the emergency SOS contacts you set. It will also send a message indicating you need help and will include your exact location and an audio recording.
But this SOS feature cannot be used unless you set it up first. While we hope you never need to use the SOS feature, there is no time like the present to set it up.
There sure is!
If you have a Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, you can also send SOS messages from your watch. It works the same way, by pressing the Home key on your watch 3 times. But you first need to set your SOS message contacts in Gear Manager.
Just remember over time that the feature is active! You don’t want to accidently hit the button three times and send a message you didn’t mean to send! (we’ve read reports of this happening whilst on the loo!)
Share this with your Samsung loving friends so they can set this up too!
Not a Samsung Galaxy person? It’s okay – we’ve got the instructions for how to do this on an Apple iPhone.
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