How to Call 911 on iPhone

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

Calling 911 is a crucial step in emergency situations, and knowing how to do it quickly and efficiently can save lives. If you find yourself in an emergency situation and you have an iPhone, here’s how you can call 911:

Step 1: Unlock Your iPhone

First things first, unlock your iPhone by either entering your passcode or using Face ID or Touch ID if available.

Step 2: Open the Phone App

Once your iPhone is unlocked, locate the “Phone” app on your home screen. It is represented by a green square icon with a white phone receiver inside.

Step 3: Dial 911

In the Phone app, tap on the “Keypad” tab at the bottom to bring up the numeric keypad. Then, use the keypad to dial “911”.


  • Bold text: Remember to stay calm while dialing 911.
  • Bold text: Do not include any additional digits or symbols when dialing 911.
  • Bold text: Make sure you are in an area with cellular service or connected to Wi-Fi for emergency calls to go through.

Troubleshooting Tips:

  • If you are unable to dial 911 from your iPhone for any reason, try restarting your device and attempting again.
  • If you are in a country outside of the United States, calling emergency services may have a different number. Research the appropriate emergency number for your location before traveling.

Contacting Emergency Services Without Dialing

In certain situations where making a voice call may not be possible, you can use the “Emergency SOS” feature on your iPhone. This feature allows you to quickly call emergency services without dialing.

Using Emergency SOS:

  1. Open the Phone App: Open the “Phone” app on your iPhone as previously discussed.
  2. Tap Emergency: In the Phone app, tap on the “Emergency” tab located at the bottom left corner of the screen. It is represented by a red square with a white medical cross symbol.
  3. Slide to Call: On the Emergency screen, you will find a “Medical ID” button and an “Emergency SOS” slider. Slide the slider to call emergency services immediately.

Remember to only use this feature in genuine emergency situations as false alarms can be potentially harmful and divert resources from real emergencies.

In Conclusion

In times of crisis, being able to quickly and effectively contact emergency services can make all the difference. With an iPhone in hand, calling 911 is just a few taps away. Remember to stay calm, provide accurate information, and follow any instructions given by emergency service operators.

Bold text: Stay safe!

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