Apple’s iPhone 14s are known for their sleek design, advanced technology, and innovative features. However, there is a hidden feature on these phones that is often overlooked but can save lives in an emergency. This feature is the automatic emergency call, also called emergency SOS feature via satellite.

With iPhone 14s presentation in September 2022, Apple highlighted an innovative feature: the possibility of sending emergency messages anywhere in the world thanks to an exceptional satellite connection. This option was made available when the iOS 16.1 update rolled out a few weeks later. In the next few lines we will explain to you more about what this feature is and how to activate it.

What is the emergency SOS via satellite feature of the iPhone 14?

Automatic Emergency Call is a feature built into all iPhone 14s that allows you to make an emergency call automatically in the event of a fall or a hard blow. This feature uses the iPhone 14’s accelerometer and GPS to detect a fall or hard knock, and it automatically sends an emergency notification to the user so they can call for help. If the user does not respond to the notification, the automatic emergency call will automatically make a call for help using the emergency call app.


This feature is very useful in the event of accidents, falls or heart attacks, as it allows emergency calls to be called quickly, even if the user is unconscious or unable to make the call themselves. It is important to note that the automatic emergency call is disabled by default and must be activated in the settings of the Health application.

The iPhone 14’s Emergency SOS feature via satellite recently saved the life of a man lost in Alaska. On December 1, 2022, the emergency services received an automatic call for help from a man who was riding a snowmobile between two isolated villages. He had fallen and found himself trapped in the cold, in an inhospitable region. Luckily, he had an iPhone 14 on him and was able to use the Emergency SOS feature via satellite to send a message for help to law enforcement. The emergency services were immediately alerted and were able to find the man quickly, fortunately without serious injuries. This incident demonstrates the usefulness of this feature in an emergency.

Apple’s Automatic Emergency Call feature on iPhone 14s aims to make emergency response as efficient as possible by providing detailed information about the emergency situation. Rescuers reported being impressed with the accuracy of the information provided, including the GPS location.

This feature is currently free for all iPhone 14 owners, but is expected to become chargeable after two years. It is important to note that for the moment it is only available in North America, however an extension to Europe and France is planned soon. It is therefore important to check if this feature is available in your region before activating it.


It is also important to note that the automatic emergency call can be activated for trusted contacts, who will be notified in the event of an emergency as well as rescuers. It is also possible to customize the information shared during the call, such as medical history or contact information, to help rescuers better assist you in an emergency.

Also, it is important to note that the automatic emergency call is not a substitute for sound decision making and emergency preparedness. It is always important to know the local emergency numbers and how to respond in an emergency. It is also important to learn about the emergency services available in your area and how to use them

How do I activate the Satellite Emergency SOS feature on an iPhone 14?

Before activating this feature there are some details to know. The Satellite Emergency SOS feature on iPhone 14 allows emergency services to be contacted when needed in situations where there are no other means of communication available. It allows you to make a call or send a message to the emergency services via a satellite connection when you are in an area where there is no mobile or Wi-Fi coverage.


It is important to note that when using a satellite connection, message sending and receiving times may vary depending on factors such as environment, message length and satellite network availability. It is therefore possible that the connection is not always possible or takes longer in some cases.

It is also recommended that you activate the Satellite Emergency SOS feature on your iPhone 14 before traveling or traveling to remote or sparsely populated areas to ensure that you always have a communication option in case of an emergency. It is important to note that this feature is not available in all countries, so it is important to check if it is available in your region before using it. Finally, to activate it just follow this guide.

In conclusion, the automatic emergency call is a not very well-known feature of iPhones 14 that can save lives in an emergency. It is important to activate and configure it to be ready in case of an emergency. However, it is also important to be prepared and to know the emergency services available in your area to be prepared in case of an emergency.

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