Prepare your Android mobile to make calls and SOS alerts

It could be that, unfortunately, you have found yourself on some occasion where you have had to use your mobile device in an emergency situation. And worst of all, it could be the case that you do not have the ideal configuration for that precise moment. Luckily, nowadays, our smartphones allow us to configure different functions both to make SOS calls and to share the location with emergency contacts in an extreme moment of sheer need.


However, not all users are aware of these great features, which will be of great help in these situations. Therefore, we will explain how to have your mobile phone well prepared for this. Basically, because any terminal with an Android operating system allows us to quickly and easily configure these functions without having to carry out multiple incomprehensible adjustments.

SOS calls on your mobile

In our day to day, we are used to using our phones to have fun, work or study. However, it can also be used in a totally direct way to help us at any time if we need it. For this, Android offers us the so-called emergency function that allows us not only alerts to a specific contact, but also to make an SOS call.

This means that we are facing an additional measure that happens due to the fact that any of us who have an Android mobile in their hands, can notify your situation to contacts or even to the emergency department of your city. Even anyone who takes your terminal, in case you cannot, will be able to carry out these actions, even if we have the smartphone locked.

For this, each brand usually applies different measures, although, in general, the steps to be followed are more or less the same. For example, in Xiaomi and Huawei phones it is common to be able to activate the SOS call function if we press the power button of the phone five times continuously.

In this way, the mobile of the Chinese firm will also send your current location to the contacts that you have defined as emergencies. Later we will see how to set them in your terminal. In the case of OPPO and Realme phones, this procedure also activates the SOS Emergency mode of the terminal, we will even have the possibility to choose between making the call to emergency contacts, or sending a notification message.

On the part of Samsung phones, we find a function that has been with us for some time, we refer to the fact of Sending emergency messages those contacts that we have selected. We will only have to press the side power key continuously for three times to carry out this action.

In addition, the Korean brand’s mobiles allow us to configure the option of sending attached images using the rear and front cameras, as well as an audio recording in the moments before the triple press was carried out. To activate this, we must enter Advanced functions> Send SOS messages and activate the different boxes that offer us to attach both the image and the audio recording.

This button functionality is usually activated by default on smartphones. If this is not the case in your case, you should go to Settings and look for an option called emergency SOS, or similar. Well, the name will change depending on the brand of mobile you have.

Don’t be caught by surprise by an emergency

In general, on smartphones with Android 7 or higher operating system, we have an option with which to change emergency contacts. For this, we will have to enter Settings> Lock Screen> Security> Emergency information. Within this section, we can add the phone number of family, friends or partner. Basically, because it will be the contact you want to call at any given time.

In addition, Google’s software system also allows us to send the location in an emergency. To do this, we will have to dial 112. Of course, to use this function we will have to activate it in Settings> Location> Location services for emergencies. Once done, your terminal will automatically send your location.

Even with this option, location services for emergencies will only be activated when you call or send an SMS to 112 or a contact set in the previous list. Even, if necessary, location services for emergencies will be able to activate mobile data on your smartphone.

When the call has ended or the warning message has been sent, it will be “disconnected” again, as it will not stop being disabled forever, only until an SOS warning is made again.

Within the Emergency Information section, we can fill in a series of data that will be very useful. Especially for help or police services, such as blood group, if we have allergies or our address, among others. Once we have completed it with our data, you just have to click save.

Shortcut for SOS calls or alerts on your mobile

In addition, on Android we can find different shortcuts for SOS calls. When making use of this, the mobile device emits a signal that can be located by help services in the area. So, in this way, it will be of special help in case we do not have enough coverage or mobile data.

As we said, the first shortcut that we can find is in the on or off menu. If we hold down the button with which we turn on the terminal, different functions will appear. One of them will be to make a call or send an SOS message.

However, depending on the terminal, the version of Android you have or the manufacturer’s customization layer, things will change. More than anything because you may have another shortcut for this in the start menu or on the lock screen. And all this without having to go into the power menu of your smartphone.

It should also be taken into account that depending on the factors, which we have explained previously, the terminal will send the location automatically. Even without us having it enabled at the time. And once said location is sent, the location services of your terminal will be deactivated again.

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