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How to turn off hold to auto call in iOS

You can change the setting in iOS so that holding the side button on your iPhone won’t call emergency services automatically. Here’s how: 

Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab.

Tap Emergency SOS.

Turn off Hold to Auto Call. 

If you turn off this setting, you can still use the Emergency SOS slider to make a call.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple’s support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.


  • No. After the watch calls emergency services, it calls the numbers on that list to let them know you’ve fallen, Presumably it also lets them know that emergency services has been called.

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