Women are sharing emergency iPhone hack to use when in danger

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

Women in the UK and worldwide have felt the shock disappearance of Sarah Everard who 'did everything right' to avoid an attack while walking home alone in London earlier this month.

The 33-year-old disappeared after leaving a friend's house in South London at 9pm on Wednesday, March 3. She spoke to her partner on the phone for 15 minutes while walking home, wore brightly coloured clothes, walked in well-lit streets, and still somehow went missing.

Women are sharing an emergency iPhone hack to be used when in danger following the shock disappearance of Sarah Everard in the UK. Photo: Getty
Women are sharing an emergency iPhone hack to be used when in danger following the shock disappearance of Sarah Everard in the UK. Photo: Getty

A police officer has been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and murder.

Her disappearance has been felt by many people around the world, with many suggesting the discussion should be changed from 'what women can do to be safe' to changing the way men behave.

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"It might not be all men behaving this way but it’s up to all men to hold each other to account," one man wrote. "It starts with 'jokey' predatory behaviour, comments, questionable actions - it ends with #SarahEverard.

"Maybe not all men, but all women have experienced this. We need to end it."

Another man added: "If you're a man, have a read through the #SarahEverard hashtag. What's so unsettling is every woman has a story or walks alone in complete fear. This affects every woman and is therefore every man's problem. The onus is on us to fix this. We need to do better."

Others have shared the famous Margaret Atwood quote: "Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them."

Now, women are sharing an iPhone hack that could save their lives should anyone find themselves in a similar situation.

Instagram user The India Edit, shared an iPhone hack following Sarah's disappearance. Photo: Instagram/TheIndiaEdit
Instagram user The India Edit, shared an iPhone hack following Sarah's disappearance. Photo: Instagram/TheIndiaEdit

Instagram user The India Edit, shared the tip on her account following Sarah's disappearance.

She wrote: "If you press your lock button five times in a row, your iPhone emits a loud siren, counts down to three, then calls emergency services AND sends a text to your emergency contacts alerting them of your situation and your location.

"Search 'Emergency SOS' in your phone to set it up. Please please share as I feel this is a little known fact that could make us ALL feel safer."

When you search 'Emergency SOS' on your phone, it takes you into your phones settings. There, it will explain that if you press and hold the lock button and either volume button on your phone, it will automatically make an emergency call. Photo: Instagram/TheIndiaEdit
When you search 'Emergency SOS' on your phone, it takes you into your phones settings. There, it will explain that if you press and hold the lock button and either volume button on your phone, it will automatically make an emergency call. Photo: Instagram/TheIndiaEdit

When you search 'Emergency SOS' on your phone, it takes you into your phone's settings. There, it will explain that if you press and hold the lock button and either volume button on your phone, it will automatically make an emergency call.

If you wanted to make it more discreet, you can make it so you use nothing by the lock button.

If you wanted to make it more discreet, you can make it so you use nothing by the lock button.  Photo: Instagram/TheIndiaEdit
If you wanted to make it more discreet, you can make it so you use nothing by the lock button. Photo: Instagram/TheIndiaEdit

The emergency SOS will then be activated when you press the lock button five times and a loud siren will begin going off - you do have the option to turn the siren off.

Emergency services will then be called and alerted of your location. Your emergency contacts will be sent a text alerting them of your location and that emergency services have been called.

While in SOS mode, your contacts will be sent updates when your location changes.

Women have been sharing the tip online to keep each other safe.

Find out more about the Emergency SOS setting here.

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