iOS 11 will bring in some revolutionary features, that much is clear. But what Apple device users must rejoice the most is that one of the greatest focuses this time around seems to be the factor of safety. In this new light, iOS 11 has already confirmed the presence of the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature to ensure that your attention is laser-pointed on the road. But something else has just come under the sun with the new iOS 11 public beta 5 as well.
It was earlier reported that Apple was adding some tweaks that would make it easier for users to contact emergency services by quickly pressing the power button five times in a row. While that would be undoubtedly beneficial and much more convenient, it has now come to light that the action of pressing the power button five times in quick succession brings a lot more to the table.
iOS 11 public beta 5 users have recently discovered that the new iOS 11 feature not only brings up the option to call emergency services, but also disables Touch ID until you enter a password. How is this useful? Well, the Touch ID function may be a convenient way to access your phone’s content for you, but the same can prove potentially harmful in an unfortunate situation where, say, someone is trying to force you to unlock your device. The previous means of disabling Touch ID was far more complex, and the new method will work even if the Emergency SOS feature is not enabled.
However, it is prudent to keep the latter function enabled as it will let you and your loved ones enjoy peace of mind knowing that they will be made aware of any situation that you may be in. Here is a quick tutorial on how to enable Emergency SOS in iOS 11.
Guide to Activate Emergency SOS in iOS 11
After you upgrade to iOS 11, simply follow the steps below to set up Emergency SOS on your device and access its functions on your iPhone, including automatically playing a warning sound when called upon.
Step 1: Go to the Settings menu on your iPhone.
Step 2: Find the Emergency SOS option below it and enter.
Step 3: In the new screen, enable the Auto Call option (this will let your phone access the contacts you have listed in the Health App).
Step 4: Depending upon your preference, you can switch the Countdown Sound option on or off. If you would not prefer your phone to play a loud warning sound, you can save the settings as directed up to Step 3.
Apple’s determined crack down on privacy and security is comforting, especially during a time when our phones are key to a lot of crucial information about us and cyber crimes are on the rise. Yet, it remains to be seen how this feature is received by users in practical use. We definitely don’t want to accidentally end up calling the emergency number in our area courtesy of a few unintentional presses of the same button. We will find out about it in more detail when the iOS 11 release date rolls around.