How to configure the emergency button to send messages or call

Make your mobile watch your back by configuring the power button as a button to send messages or call emergencies. So you can do it.

The power button of your mobile can be a real life saver if you know how to configure it as an emergency button. That's right, you have the possibility to change the action of this button so that it is a direct access to emergency services and contacts.

In dangerous situations, unlocking the phone, opening the phone app and calling the emergency number takes too long, a time that could be key to your life or other people's. Therefore, it is appreciated that Android has the possibility of activating this button to call emergency directly or send an SOS message to your contacts with just a few taps on it.

In this guide we explain how to configure the emergency button on Android depending on the manufacturer of your mobile. In addition, we recommend an alternative that you can use regardless of the brand of the terminal.

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Configure the power button of your mobile as an emergency button.

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How to configure the emergency button to send messages or call

The procedure to activate the emergency button and the actions involved in using it vary depending on the manufacturer. For example, in Samsung this button is used to send SOS messages, while in OnePlus it is used to call emergencies directly.

We will see all that in detail from now on, as we are going to explain to you one by one how to configure the emergency button on the smartphones of the main companies with Android.

Emergency button on Samsung

We started with Samsung, a manufacturer that also includes an emergency mode in their mobiles that can help you in difficult situations.

In addition to this function, in the firm's terminals you can also activate the sending of SOS messages that, as its name indicates, is used to send a quick alert to your emergency contacts just press the power button 3 times. In addition to sending a text message, you can also attach images taken with the front and rear cameras and an audio recording 5 seconds.

To configure the power button as an emergency button on your Samsung mobile, follow this process:

  1. Enter the phone settings.
  2. Access the section "Advanced functions".
  3. Swipe down and tap on "Send SOS messages".
  4. Inside the menu, slide the button to the right of the option “Activated” to enable the sending of emergency messages.
  5. The mobile will show you a guide to the terms and conditions of the use of this tool. Check the box "I have read and accept ..." and click on the "I accept" option at the bottom right of the screen.
  6. Add emergency contacts to whom you want to send an SOS message from the phone's contact book.
  7. Choose if you want to attach images and audios with the emergency message activating or not these options. And voila, you will have finished the configuration of the emergency button in Samsung.

From now on, when you are in dangerous situations, you just have to press the power button three times in a row from your Samsung mobile to start sending a distress message to the selected contacts. So that they know immediately why you need help, you can insert images captured with both cameras and also record 5-second audio.

Emergency button on Xiaomi

On your Xiaomi mobile you can also configure an emergency SOS that quickly puts you in contact with your closest contacts to inform them that you are in a situation of risk.

This tool basically consists in sending your location in an SOS message those you trust by pressing the power button 5 times. To activate this emergency button in Xiaomi, you must perform this procedure:

  1. Enter the settings of your Xiaomi mobile.
  2. Accede to "Passwords and security".
  3. Click on "SOS emergency".
  4. Check the box "SOS emergency".
  5. Read the permissions that Xiaomi needs to activate this function and give them by clicking on "Allow".
  6. Add emergency contacts, must be at least 1 for the emergency SOS to work normally.
  7. If next to the SOS message and the location you want to send the call history of the last hour, check the box "Send call history".

After performing this procedure, you will only have to press the power button on your Xiaomi mobile phone 5 times to start the process of sending an SOS message to emergency contacts. They will know that you are in danger, in addition to seeing the location where you are to quickly come to your aid.

Emergency button on OnePlus

If you have a OnePlus mobile, you can also make the power button serve for a quick SOS. Unlike previous brands, OnePlus gives you more choice, because you are the one who decide if the button touches should be 3 or 5 and if it will put you in contact with the local emergency number or with your trusted contacts.

These options appear within the "Emergency Rescue" tool, included in the OxygenOS customization layer and used to automatically ask for help. To activate it, do this:

  1. Enter the settings of your OnePlus mobile.
  2. Access the section "Security and screen lock".
  3. In the "Personal safety" section, click on "Emergency rescue".
  4. Click on "Power button for quick SOS" and choose if you want to press the button 3 or 5 times to activate the emergency rescue.
  5. Click on "Preferred SOS Action" to choose whether you want the power button to be used to call a local emergency number or to share your location with emergency contacts.
  6. Go into "Edit contacts and emergency information" to add medical and emergency contact information that can assist emergency services in case of emergencies. This information will appear on the lock screen and workers will only have to tap on the name of your contacts to call them without unlocking the phone.

Emergency button on Huawei

EMUI, the Huawei mobile customization layer, also has an emergency rescue tool that can be extremely useful when you are in difficult situations.

In this case, what the Huawei phone does is send an SOS message next to your location to the emergency contacts if you click 5 times on the power button. To enable this tool on your Huawei, follow these steps:

  1. Enter the phone settings.
  2. Click on the security section.
  3. Enter the function "SOS emergency".
  4. Enable the option "Also send SOS message".
  5. Add emergency contacts from the terminal agenda.

Once this function is enabled, you will only have to press the power button 5 times in a row for the phone to automatically send an SOS message to your contacts along with your current location. Afterwards, it will also open automatically the emergency call screen so you can contact emergency services.

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AlertCops, the best alternative

Most Android phone manufacturers integrate tools to configure the power button as an emergency button in their terminals. If you do not like the performance of this function on your mobile or you simply prefer to know other options, we recommend you try AlertCops.

It is an application developed by the Government of Spain that is used to request help from the State Security Forces and Bodies in the face of any event of which you are a victim or witness. One of its most outstanding functions is the SOS button, which sends an urgent alert to the nearest police center next to your location and a 10-second audio.

SOS Button by AlertCops

The AlertCops app has an SOS button to ask for help.

This button, which you can place on the phone's home screen by adding it as a widget, you must press it at least 5 times in less than 6 seconds so that the system automatically sends an SOS alert to the nearest police center.

Thanks to this function, and the rest of the useful tools that it integrates, AlertCops is positioned as a good alternative to emergency button from your Android mobile. You can download it now for free from the Play Store with a size of 29 MB.

Of course you can keep both possibilities activated, the emergency button and AlertCops, to have even more options in case of dangerous situations.

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