How to Take SOS Off iPhone 14

August 20, 2023
David Sunnyside

Apple’s Emergency SOS feature is designed to save valuable time in the event of an accident. It can communicate with emergency responders using a cellular network, WiFi, or the new satellite capability in iPhone 14 series devices. But if your phone keeps triggering the feature accidentally via Crash Detection, children, or even the side button (which has multiple functions), disabling it may be a good idea.

You can disable manual triggers in Settings, where you can turn off Call with Hold and Release, Call with Five Button Presses, and (on the iPhone 14 Pro series) Call After Severe Crash. You can still enable automatic crash detection and the Siri shortcut, however.

If you want to use the Side Button for other functions or don’t like having to manually activate the SOS feature every time you open a new app, you can also disable the Emergency SOS option. This can prevent accidental activations and keep your iPhone safe.

Another solution is to reboot the device and see if that fixes the problem. To force restart the iPhone, you’ll need to press and hold the Volume Up button along with the Side button. It should take around 30 seconds before the power-off slider appears on the screen. Drag the slider to the left, and the iPhone will reboot after a few seconds. This is a reliable method, and it works for most users. If you’re unable to get your iPhone out of SOS mode, there are other solutions available, such as trying the SIM Card fix.

David Sunnyside
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