The Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ can send emergency messages. Here’s how to enable SOS functionality.

If you own a Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ you know there are an abundance of features that no other Android phones have. In the past I used to think many of TouchWiz features were rather useless, but over time Samsung has managed to add very useful additions that can improve my daily life. One feature that I never hope to use, but have activated, is the SOS feature. It’s a setting that you can quickly enable, and might help you in an emergency setting that you can’t predict. The SOS Message setting can send a notice of the user’s approximate location, including visual/auditory surroundings to up to four preselected mobile phones. It won’t send a message to emergency responders through 911.

How to enable Send SOS Messages on the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+

  1. Go to the Settings app
  2. Click on Advanced features
  3. Scroll down and click on Send SOS Messages
  4. Next select the contacts you want to notify in an emergency by clicking on Send messages to
  5. Select up to four mobile phones you want to notify
  6. If you are in an emergency simply press your power button quickly three times to send an alert

Remember this is not intended to replace 911. It can specifically be great for runners, students, cyclists and the elderly. But it’s also great for anyone as you never know what is in store in your future. It’s a feature that I hope you’ll never need to use, but it’s one that can get you instant help in times of crisis.

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