Important Safety Features on Your iPhone

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Important safety features on iPhone that you might not know about. These four iPhone safety features are handy to know about and use, it could make all the difference in an emergency situation for you or your loved ones.

Recently the son of a friend of mine was in a car accident. She had her phone on silent whilst sleeping and nearly missed the his phone call. Luckily the phone vibrating was enough to wake her. I told her about Emergency Bypass feature on the iPhone and she had never heard of it. This is a great safety feature on iPhone that we use now my own kids are older and our parents are older too. We want to make sure they can contact us at any time of night. I feel it is important to share this information about this feature and some other helpful ones, just in case someone doesn’t know of them. You never know, it could actually save someone’s life one day. Read on for four helpful safety features on iPhone that you may or may not know about.

safety features on iPhone

Emergency Bypass

There are particular people that you may want to make sure can contact you at any time of day or night.  These people might be elderly or sick relatives, or your teenage or young adult children. We all like to put our phones onto silent or Do Not Disturb now and again for a number of reasons but in an emergency situation you would not want to miss a call from your loved ones. Enabling Emergency Bypass on your phone for certain contacts means that the call will come through from them loudly even when your phone is on silent or DND mode.

How to enable the Emergency Bypass feature on your phone for certain contacts:

  • Go to Contacts.
  • Select the contact you want and then hit Edit.
  • Select Ringtone (and/or Text Tone if you want texts to come through).
  • Slide the Emergency Bypass button to on.

iPhone safety feature Emergency bypass while on silent

Medical ID

The Medical ID feature enables someone to access important information about you during an emergency situation even though your phone is locked.  This could be lifesaving if you are unconscious or unable to communicate. Medical personnel and first responders can access important medical information and also contact details for your emergency contacts.

How to enable Medical ID on your iPhone:

  • Go to Settings
  • Select Health
  • Select Medical ID
  • Hit Edit and fill in all relevant details that medical personnel might need
  • Scroll down to Emergency Contacts and add the contact details for who you would want contacted in an emergency
  • Scroll down further to Emergency Access and slide the Show When Locked button to on

Medical ID iPhone safety feature

Emergency SOS

This feature when activated enables you to very quickly call Emergency Services in the country you are in. Which would be 000 here in Australia. To call Emergency Services all you need to do is rapidly press the side button five times. This will bring a screen where you can drag a slider across to call 000 or a button to hit cancel. If you do nothing, the phone initiates a count-down and automatically calls Emergency when it reaches the end of the countdown. After the call is finished the iPhone also sends a text to your Emergency contacts with your current location.

How to enable the Emergency SOS feature on your iPhone:

  • Go to Settings
  • Select Emergency SOS
  • Slide the Call with Side Button to on.

Emergency SOS iPhone safety feature

Share Location via Messages

It can be handy to share your location with others at certain times. Did you know that you can share your location via the Messages app? You can share your location indefinitely, for an hour or until the end of the day. Think how handy it would be if you’re meeting a friend out and they can’t find the restaurant. Or perhaps you or your friend has a date with someone they don’t know very well. They can share their location with you for the rest of the evening, just as a safety precaution.

How to share your location via Messages:

  • Go to Messages
  • Open the message thread with the person you want to share your location with
  • Tap their name up the top of the thread
  • Hit info
  • Tap Share My Location
  • Select how long you wish to share your location for

iPhone safety feature - share location via messages

Whilst there are apps like Find My Friends and Find My Iphone (works for family members in your Apple Family Sharing Group) using location sharing via messages is handy if you don’t have those apps enabled.


Now this isn’t a safety feature of iPhone but one handy thing I started doing with my kids once they hit their teen years is to use an innocuous sounding word as a codeword. My kids and I have a codeword for the times where they might be out and in a situation where they don’t want to explain why but just want to be picked up.  They just text our codeword Liquorice and we go pick them up straight away.  Other kids may look over their shoulder, so if they feel like they can’t text the words “I don’t want to be here” they can say, “I feel like eating Liquorice” and we will know they want to be collected.

What is a handy iPhone feature you know about?

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Francine Sharpe February 19, 2021 - 10:59 AM

Thank you SO much for these invaluable tips regarding Emergency bypass for iPhones. I’ve printed them out and will let as many friends as possible know about it.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 19, 2021 - 3:06 PM

I’m really pleased to hear you found these tips helpful. After the scare my friend had, I really wanted to share the info about these features as far as possible! Kat x

Claire February 19, 2021 - 11:19 AM

Thanks for sharing this, I was unaware of the emergency bypass feature.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 19, 2021 - 3:07 PM

I’m so glad you know now. I like knowing that I won’t miss any vital calls from loved ones.

Tracey February 19, 2021 - 11:22 AM

Hi Kat
These are great.
I have also heard of getting your teenagers to text ‘X’ if they are in a situation that they want to leave. When you get the ‘X’ text you call them and say there has been an emergency and they have to come home straight away. They can then blame their parents for having to leave the situation without sounding like a looser for having to leave early.
And parents think the toddler years are difficult, at lease you know where they are 🙂

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 19, 2021 - 3:08 PM

Oh I really like this suggestion. It would be easy for a teen to quickly text. Thanks for sharing it. Kat x

Charmaine February 19, 2021 - 11:25 AM

Thank you for this! This is really useful and important for everyone to know.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 19, 2021 - 3:08 PM

Glad you found it helpful! Kat x

Samantha February 19, 2021 - 11:44 AM

That is fantastic information that I didn’t know anything about until now – I’m going to get my kids and hubby to set this up on their phones tonight – thanks so much (I also use the “x” tip above for my teenagers) 🙂

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 19, 2021 - 3:12 PM

So glad to hear this Samantha! I like knowing that these features are active on our family phones, just in case, because you never know what could happen! Kat x

Lesley February 19, 2021 - 1:59 PM

Some really great tips here Kat thanks for sharing with us.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 19, 2021 - 3:14 PM

I’m so pleased that you found them helpful!

Nicole February 19, 2021 - 3:46 PM

I already knew about the emergency by pass which I use , it came in handy a few months ago when I got a phone call in early hours of the morning from my dad telling me a family member had passed away .. otherwise I always have my phone on silent .

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 23, 2021 - 9:36 AM

It’s such a useful feature for important/emergency situations. I’m sorry to hear about your family member. Kat x

Leanne Lindsay February 28, 2021 - 9:32 PM

Great post – Thank you ?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 11, 2021 - 11:08 AM

Glad you found it helpful! Kat x

Rebecca croese July 25, 2021 - 8:32 PM

Hi, do you know any similar options for Samsung?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 28, 2021 - 11:32 AM

Hi Rebecca, I have put it on my list of things to write about. I will look into this for you. Kat x


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