Apple’s Satellite Emergency SOS feature is now live. That’s how it works.

What if you’re in an emergency and don’t have cell phone service? Well, Apple has solved this problem by finally releasing its highly anticipated new feature for iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro devices – Emergency SOS via Satellite. The company has partnered with satellite communications company Globalstar to develop the feature and is using the satellite connection to put people in touch with local emergency services when they are in an area without cellular Wi-Fi coverage.

Apple has finally released its highly anticipated new feature for iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro devices - Emergency SOS via Satellite.

Apple has finally released its highly anticipated new feature for iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro devices – Emergency SOS via Satellite.
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How does Emergency SOS work?

If you’re in an emergency, your Apple 14 or Apple 14 Pro device will automatically ping one of Globalstar’s 24 low-orbit satellites. Once the satellite receives the signal, it sends information to one of its ground stations, which then relays the call to a local dispatch or relay center. The relay centers have external and highly qualified Apple specialists trained in emergency protocols to contact the police dispatcher and relay information back and forth.

How do I enable Emergency SOS on my device?

The Emergency SOS feature should only be activated when actually in an emergency, to avoid alerting the local police to a false incident. However, there is a demo feature that allows users to familiarize themselves with the process when they are not in an emergency.

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To try the demo, make sure you’re outside and go to Settings > Emergency SOS > Demo mode.

If you’re in a real emergency and don’t have cellular Wi-Fi, the feature will automatically pop up on your screen when you try to call 911. It appears as a green feature in the lower right corner and is displayed Emergency call via satellite. You’ll also notice a satellite icon and SOS text in the top-right corner of your screen, next to your battery.

The Emergency SOS feature should only be activated when actually in an emergency, to avoid alerting the local police to a false incident.

The Emergency SOS feature should only be activated when actually in an emergency, to avoid alerting the local police to a false incident.
(Apple)

As soon as you click on the green button, a short questionnaire will appear on your screen, which you will have to answer so that the function can best understand what kind of help you need.

Your answers are then quickly transmitted to dispatchers so they can determine your situation and location and dispatch assistance immediately. The questions are as follows.

Once you’ve answered all the questions, your iPhone will go to a follow-up screen asking you to point your phone towards one of the Globalstar satellites. It will point you in the right direction, and once your device locates one of the satellites, all of your information from the questionnaire will be sent to the local one, along with your location, elevation, iPhone battery level, and medical ID if you have one Dispatcher transfer already activated on your phone.

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Once you've answered all of the questions, your iPhone will go to a follow-up screen that asks you to point your phone in the direction of one of the Globalstar satellites.

Once you’ve answered all of the questions, your iPhone will go to a follow-up screen that asks you to point your phone in the direction of one of the Globalstar satellites.
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After the information has been sent, users also have the option of staying in contact with Emergency SOS via SMS. Users can send and receive messages in just 15 seconds. Apple has also developed a text compression algorithm to truncate your texts by 3x so the process can be as fast as possible.

After the information has been sent, users also have the option of staying in touch with Emergency SOS via SMS.

After the information has been sent, users also have the option of staying in touch with Emergency SOS via SMS.
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Can I share my location if I’m not in an emergency?

Yes, Emergency SOS has also developed a feature for those who want to go offline but don’t get stuck in an emergency. Here’s how:

  • Go to your Find My app
  • Select the “Me” tab.
  • Swipe up to view My Location by satellite
  • Tap Send my location.

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Emergency SOS has also developed a feature for those who want to go offline but don't want to get stuck in an emergency.

Emergency SOS has also developed a feature for those who want to go offline but don’t want to get stuck in an emergency.
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