New iOS11 Feature Makes Calling for Help Easier Than Ever

This new feature may help save many lives!

September 21, 2017

© Anthony Behar

Have you updated the software on your Apple iPhone yet to iOS11? It came out earlier this week and has so many amazing features. 

I updated mine on Tuesday night, so I didn't have a chance to play around with it until yesterday. You can now snap a screenshot and draw on it if you need to point something out and send it to someone. Why did it take so long for this option to be available? 

Also, you can turn on a new do not disturb feature that will prevent you from getting calls, texts, and other notifications while you're driving. You have to go into your setting and activate this feature. It can work manually where you turn it on every time you drive or automatically. If you turn on the option, it will prevent you from being disturbed unless you are connected to the in-car bluetooth or other handsfree device. I love this feature and really hope people use it.

The new screen recording feature let's you record literally everything that happens on your screen. Hmmmm! I'm not sure how I feel about this. It's a great option if you're creating an instructional video, but what about recording facetime conversations or videos. It seems like this feature could be really bad if people use it the wrong way. 

And now my favorite feature of all from the iOS update. Sometimes we find ourselves in scary situations and need to call 911. The problem is sometimes we cannot easily unlook the screen and dial. This new feature let's you call for help without saying a word. 

There have been many women in abusive relationships that couldn't call 911. Some were creative and found a way to order pizza and alert the pizza place that they needed help. But this new feature will save a lot of lives. Can you accidentally call 911 though? "The automatic setting also comes with a protection against just accidentally calling 911 — pressing the button five times starts a three-second countdown, which comes with a countdown noise so you have a chance to cancel the call if you've triggered it accidentally."

The best part of the feature is that you can call for help descretely. In the last update, there was a Siri command you could say, but people knew what that meant. 

So if you have the iphone and you have iOS 11, please set up this feature now. You never know when you'll need it. You can see how to set it up below.