Safety features you should set up on your phone right away
Android and iOS have worked to integrate features in phones that offer security and better safety for users. Irrespective of your phone, the features available are more or less the same and offer Emergency mode to get help when you’re in danger.
Here are some features you should look for and set up in Settings on your phone.
Emergency SOS Mode
The SOS feature in iOS auto calls your emergency contacts in a situation of danger. After being set up, the feature can be initiated by pressing and holding the side button and either of the volume key button. You can also enable the feature by clicking the side button five times. The emergency SOS slider will appear on the screen, playing a warning signal and beginning a countdown. You can skip the countdown by dragging the Emergency SOS slider. Once the countdown ends, iPhone contacts your emergency services and contacts and sends them your location.
Android phones also have similar features, where pressing the power button can initiate the SOS Emergency, automatically calling emergency services and your emergency contacts and sending your location to them. The feature also lets you add emergency information to your lock screen that other people can access without unlocking your phone. In the emergency message, you can add vital medical information, emergency contact numbers or basic information about yourself. You can easily view the emergency information by swiping up your lock screen, which will display Emergency Information, and tapping it, would reveal the information.
Do Not Disturb while driving
iOS phones have the Driving Focus feature that lets drivers stay focused, silencing or limiting text messages and notifications on their phones. In this mode, you can ask Siri to read messages that you have received to you. Incoming calls are only available if your phone is connected to a car Bluetooth or hands-free accessory. You can set up this feature through Settings, which can be turned on automatically, detecting phone motion.
Android has a similar feature under Wellbeing that allows users to focus and get things done by pausing selected apps and turning the phone silent. This feature is intended to give you a break from your phone for a selected period during the day and isn’t made entirely for driving.
Find my Phone
You can set up this well-known feature through Settings and even share your device’s location with trusted friends and family. You can access this through any iOS device, including your Apple Watch or Airpods. On tracing your phone, you can prompt it to ring or display its location; even if it’s turned off, it can display the phone’s last location before it was turned off.
A similar feature is also available for Android devices as long as it’s connected with a Google account and has an active internet connection. Location and Google Play Visibility also need to be turned on, and the app should be installed on both devices if you need to find your phone. If you’re sure your phone is not recoverable, you can still use this feature to erase data or lock your phone.