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Photo: CrispyPork (Shutterstock) When there’s an emergency, you want quick, reliable access to help. What you don’t want is for that access to be so quick and so reliable you end up calling 911 by complete accident. Unfortunately, that is the state of emergency services on iPhone and Android, and if you’re reading this, you might be well aware of how easy it is to waste first responders’ time with a 911 misdial. Let’s fix that. Emergency SOS is responsible for many accidental 911 calls On both iPhone and Android, a feature called Emergency SOS is the root of these false alarm calls to emergency services. On the surface, it’s a great feature; Emergency SOS dials 911 for you with a simple shortcut. When time is of the essence, it’s obviously important to get a hold of these services as fast as possible, and Emergency SOS helps. Of course, when something is so easy to use in an emergency, it’s just as easy to use in every other context. How to use Emergency SOS on iPhone and Android Whether you have a Pixel 6 or an iPhone 13, Emergency SOS works the same on both platforms: when the feature is enabled, you click the power button five times in rapid succession. This action triggers a short countdown, accompanied by an (honestly frightening) alarm; at the end of that countdown, your phone automatically calls 911. Depending on your device, Emergency SOS can do other things, like automatically notify your emergency […]