Why Your iPhone Could Call 911 if You Reset It (and How to Avoid It)

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techno.rentetan.com – In an emergency, dial 9-1-1. Smiling sad expression, “I can’t use my iPhone.” Smartphones are nothing more than little computers, and like with all computers, they will spontaneously cease to function from time to time. In a matter of seconds, your gadget will become a $1,000+ paperweight. If you’re having trouble getting things back to normal, a simple combination of button presses may be all you need. iPhone users can wind up phoning the police rather than solving their issue.

After searching for a tutorial on how to force reset your phone, you follow the directions as best you can just to watch helplessly as your frozen iPhone calls the police. What’s the matter?

It’s all about Emergency SOS and how simple it is to accidently set it off without intending to do so. Using Emergency SOS is a quick and easy way to contact emergency services if you don’t have the time or capacity to call 911. An emergency function should be simple to activate in the case of a real-life emergency. Problem is, the Emergency SOS trigger is too near to the mechanism for most iPhones that forces a hard reset.

Holding the volume-up button and Side button together for a few seconds will bring up the power menu and allow you to activate Emergency SOS. However, if you hold down the buttons, you’ll activate Emergency SOS immediately.

Meanwhile, you can conduct a factory reset on any iPhone since the 8 (even those with Face ID) by following these steps:

  • In a split second, hit and release the volume-up button on your phone.
  • Press and release the volume-down button quickly.
  • Keep pressing the Side button. Finally, the display will go dark. You should only release the button when you see an Apple logo appear.

Although it seems to be straightforward, there are a few problems. The first step is to make sure you’ve located the instructions for your specific iPhone model online. It’s simple to search for iPhone force reset instructions, only to find out that the technique is for an iPhone 7 rather than your current model. Holding down the volume up and the side buttons simultaneously on that phone will result in a 911 call when done correctly. Yikes.

Even if you locate the correct directions, you may not adhere to them religiously. As a result, if your iPhone freezes, you may not see the Emergency SOS option until it’s too late.

As a reminder, if your iPhone is behaving oddly, seek up your model’s manual for guidance. Make sure you follow the directions to the letter after you’ve got them up. Always follow the instructions carefully and only hold buttons that are specifically instructed to be released.

In airplane mode, a 911 call is not possible

Using Airplane mode before restarting your iPhone might help alleviate any anxiety you have about your iPhone’s Emergency SOS feature. That may not be feasible if your phone is in a poor location. Even if your iPhone is broken, you may be able to use the Control Center if it is still on. Using the Airplane mode icon, conduct a hard reset with confidence.