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Get information on useful phone features, such as shortcuts to emergency call access and temporary location-tracking services

By Virgin TV Edit

We believe everyone should feel safe, whatever they’re doing. Now, as much as ever, it’s a good time to share some guidance on device safety features.

Smartphones come with many features and apps designed to help you alert emergency contacts if you’re in danger, call the emergency services, and even share your live location.


Here are some you and your loved ones should know about. (Some features may require mobile data or access to your network. Please contact your device manufacturer for more information.)


WhatsApp Live Location

WhatsApp’s Live Location function gives you the option to share your real-time location with someone in an individual chat or with a group chat.


1. Enable location permissions for WhatsApp in Settings > Apps & notifications > Advanced > App permissions > Location > turn on WhatsApp. Alternatively, go to Settings > Apps & notifications > WhatsApp > Permissions > turn on Location.


2. Open an individual or group chat.


3. Tap Attach > Location > Share live location.


4. Select the length of time you'd like to share your live location. Your live location will stop being shared after the selected amount of time.


5. Tap Send.


Apple iPhone Emergency SOS

The iPhone’s Emergency SOS function allows you to phone emergency services, notify emergency contacts about where you are and notify them if your location changes.


To call emergency services on an iPhone 8 or later:


1. Press and hold the side button and one of the volume buttons until the emergency SOS slider appears.


2. Drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services. Continuing to hold down the side button and volume button start a countdown and sound an alert. If you hold the buttons down until the countdown has ended, you will automatically call the emergency services.


To call emergency services on an iPhone 7 or earlier:


1. Press the side or top button five times in succession. The Emergency SOS slider will appear.


2. Drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services.


Once your call with emergency services has finished, your emergency contacts (which you can set up in Emergency SOS mode) will be sent a text message telling them your current location. This option can be cancelled. SOS mode also tells your emergency contacts if your location changes.


Samsung Emergency Mode

Emergency Mode allows you to extend the standby time of your device, make emergency calls and a call to a specified contact. You can also sound alarms and send your location information to others.


1. Press and hold the Power button until you see the power menu options.


2. Press Emergency Mode. If you’re using this mode for the first time you will need to accept the Terms and Conditions.


3. Press Enable or Turn On.


4. To turn off Emergency Mode, tap the three dots in the top right corner of the screen, then press Turn off emergency mode or Disable Emergency Mode, then Disable.


OPPO Emergency SOS

Dial emergency numbers, send out SOS messages quickly and more with this useful feature.


Go to Settings > Security > Emergency SOS > Read terms and conditions > Agree or Cancel


From here, you can then add up to three emergency contacts who you are able to call when the phone is in Emergency SOS mode. You can also press the power button five times in succession to make an emergency call.

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