Apple Watch and iPhone users are accidentally setting off emergency SOS alert

Triggering Emergency calls to 911 in the United States.
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Apple's SOS emergency alert is designed to swiftly help users during an emergency. 

Apple's SOS emergency alert is designed to swiftly help users during an emergency. 

Apple is known for designing some of the best devices packed with all the essential features. One such feature is the SOS emergency alert that is designed to swiftly help you out during an emergency. However, this helpful tool is now turning out to be more of a nuisance than helpful for some users as the so called emergency SOS feature on iPhones and Apple Watches, is getting activated automatically and triggering calls to 911 in the United States.

This was first brought to light by an Apple watch user named Jason Rowley. Based on Rowley's tweet, several other users shared their experiences. According to The Verge several users have tweeted similar experiences of accidentally triggering the feature that inadvertently called 911. Check the tweets below.

Nonetheless, the feature that was introduced in December 2016 with iOS10.2 can come at hand in emergency situations. In the US for instance, the call goes directly to 911 which is the standard response number for all emergencies.

The SOS alert feature was initially designed to be discreet. However, for Apple Watch users, this could mean holding down the crown button for a reasonable time, which can accidentally happen when one is asleep or accidentally sits on the device.   

Sadly, the Watch is clearly triggering accidental emergency calls. There is a “fix” in which users can disable the feature. While we’re not sure if that is advisable, those Apple Watch users that want to avoid such scenarios, can do so by going to the Watch app on their iOS device> General >Emergence SOS and then turning off the Hold to Auto Call feature. In case the Emergency SOS does get activated on iPhones, users have the option to cancel the call within three seconds.