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You Can Initiate A Lifesaving Emergency Smartphone Hack Using A Single Button On Your iPhone

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

Picture this: You’re drifting off to sleep one night when the sound of glass breaking jolts you awake.

You hear unfamiliar footsteps creeping through your house and quickly realize that someone has broken into your home. You run over to your closet to hide, knowing that you need to call the police immediately, but you’re scared of being overheard. You’ve worked yourself into a panic, and it’s hard to think clearly. What should you do?

According to a panel of experts on The Doctors, there’s a secret emergency feature on your smartphone that could potentially save your life in such situations.

On an iPhone, simply press the lock button on the side of your device five times until a screen appears with a slider labeled “Emergency SOS.” When you slide it to the right, your phone automatically contacts local emergency services. When that call ends, your iPhone will send a text message with your location to your emergency contacts and keep them updated whenever your location changes.

If you have an Android, the process is a little different: Hit your power button three times, and an emergency message with your photo and location will automatically be sent to your emergency contacts.

Knowing these smartphone “hacks” ahead of time might come in handy one day if you’re ever unfortunate enough to find yourself in a scary emergency situation. Be sure to preset your emergency contacts in your phone, then walk your loved ones through the same process. That way, if a worst-case scenario becomes their reality, they’ll be ready to call for help when they need it, too.

Watch Dr. Travis Stork demonstrate this smartphone hack in the video below…

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