Safety features you should set up on your phone right away

Phone features made for your safety and security!

Hiba December 09, 2021
Currently, the gap between local manufacturing and import of mobile phones in Pakistan stands at 12-15%. PHOTO: FILE

Android and iOS have worked to integrate features in phones that offer security and better safety for users. Irrespective of which phone you have, the features available are more or less the same, and offer Emergency mode to get help when you're in danger.

Here are some of the features you should look for and set up in Settings, in your phone.

Emergency SOS Mode

The SOS feature in iOS auto calls your emergency contacts in a situation of danger. The feature, after being set up, can be initiated by pressing and holding the side button and either of the volume key button. You can also enable the feature by clicking the side button five times. The emergency SOS slider will appear on the screen, playing a warning signal and beginning a countdown. You can skip the countdown by dragging the Emergency SOS slider. Once the countdown ends, iPhone contacts your emergency services, emergency contacts and sends them your location.

Android phones also have similar features, where pressing the power button can initiate the SOS Emergency, which will automatically call emergency services, your emergency contacts and send your location to them as well. The feature also lets you add emergency information on to your lockscreen that other people can access without having to unlock your phone. In the emergency message you can add vital medical information, emergency contact numbers or basic information about yourself. You can easily view the emergency information by swiping up on your lockscreen, which will display Emergency Information, and tapping it, would reveal the information.

Do Not Disturb while driving

iOS phones have the Driving Focus feature that lets drivers stay focused, silencing or limiting text messages and notifications on your phone. In this mode, you can ask Siri to read messages that you have received, to you. Incoming calls are only available if your phone is connected to car Bluetooth or hands-free accessory. You can set up this feature through Settings, and it can be turned on automatically as well, detecting phone motion.

Android has similar feature under Wellbeing, that allows users to focus and get things done, by pausing selected apps and turning the phone silent. This feature is intended to give you a break from your phone for a selected period of time during the day and isn't made entirely for driving.

Find my Phone

You can set up this well known feature through Settings, and can even share the location of your device with trusted friends and family. You can access this through any iOS device, including your Apple Watch or Airpods. On tracing your phone you can promptyour phone to ring or display its location, even if it's turned off, it can display the phone's last location before it was turned off.

A similar feature is available for Android devices as well, as long as it's connected with a Google account and has an active internet connection. Location and Google Play Visibility also needs to be turned on, and the app should be installed on both devices if you need to find your phone. If you're sure your phone is not recoverable, you can still use this feature to erase data or lock your phone.


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