How to use iPhone Emergency SOS via satellite

Apple’s new Emergency SOS iPhone via satellite is now live in the US and Canada and support for other countries is coming soon. Read about how to test iPhone Emergency SOS messages via satellite, so you know how to use it if you need to connect to it.

Apple today introduced a new security feature for iPhone 14 users. Here’s how the company describes it:

“Available on all iPhone 14 models, the innovative technology allows users to send messages to emergency services when outside of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. Additionally, if users want to contact friends and family when they go offline confirm their location, they can now open the Find My app and share their location via satellite. Starting today, November 15, Emergency SOS is available via satellite in the US and Canada.”

It’s an interesting feature to have with the iPhone 14 series as satellite messaging devices or standalone phones can cost as much as $1,000.

How to test and use iPhone Emergency SOS via satellite

  1. Open it Settings app on your iPhone 14
  2. Swipe down and select Emergency SOS
  3. Under Emergency SOS via Satellite, tap Try the demo
  4. Follow up immediately

You can find a new “Get Help in an Emergency” button at the top of the Settings app screen. This allows you to update and identify all the emergency features of your iPhone.

Here’s what the process looks like:

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After you have successfully connected to the satellite, you can practice answering demo emergency messages if you wish.

When done, tap End in the top right corner, then tap End Demo in the middle of your screen.

How to use the feature in a real emergency (USA and Canada now)

  • As shown in the demo, in a real emergency, try calling 911 (or your local emergency number).
  • If the call does not go through – your iPhone 14 will offer to start a satellite connection, continue as you did in the test

See more details on iPhone Emergency SOS in real-world use and our other resources on Apple’s emergency features:

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