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Turn Off Emergency SOS: Simple Steps for Android Users
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An Android user took it to Reddit and asked how to turn off emergency SOS on Android; check the screenshot below.

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I will include some Reddit comments from related threads at the end, which are quite funnier and even more interesting.

Once Emergency SOS is disabled, you can no longer activate it by pressing and holding the power button five times.

Here are some humorous Reddit comments from related threads:

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  • “I accidentally activated Emergency SOS on my phone the other day, and it called my mom. She was not happy.”
  • “I turned off Emergency SOS because I was worried I would accidentally activate it in my pocket.”
  • “I don’t see the point of Emergency SOS. If I’m in an emergency, I will be too busy to fumble with my phone to activate it.”

What is Emergency SOS on Android?

In case of an emergency, the Emergency SOS feature is there to help you call for help quickly and easily. It can call emergency services and inform your emergency contacts when activated. However, it may also be triggered accidentally, causing unnecessary disruptions or confusion. Learning how to turn it off can give you peace of mind and avoid unwanted situations.

Step-by-Step Guide to Turning Off Emergency SOS on Android

Follow these steps to disable Emergency SOS on your Android device:

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  1. Unlock your device.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Tap Safety & Emergency SOS or Emergency Assistance.
  4. Toggle off the switch next to Emergency SOS.
  5. If prompted, confirm your selection.

Your device will no longer trigger Emergency SOS activations.

Brand-Specific Variations

1. Samsung Devices

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For Samsung users, follow the above general steps. However, on Samsung devices, you might find the option labeled “SOS Messages” or “Send SOS messages.” Disable this option to turn off the Emergency SOS feature.

2. Google Pixel Devices

Google Pixel users should navigate their device’s settings to find the “Safety” or “Emergency” section. Look for options related to Emergency SOS, and turn off the necessary features.

3. Turn SOS Off on Motorola, LG

Follow these steps to disable the Emergency SOS feature on your Motorola device:

  1. Unlock your device using your PIN, password, or fingerprint.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Scroll down and tap on About phone.
  4. Tap on Emergency information.
  5. Set up your emergency information, including your medical conditions, allergies, and emergency contacts.

4. To Disable emergency SOS on Stock Android, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on Emergency SOS.
  3. Toggle off the switch next to “Emergency SOS.”
  4. If you have a PIN, pattern, or password set, you will be asked to enter it to confirm.

Once you have turned off emergency SOS, it will no longer be possible to activate it by pressing the power button five times in quick succession. If you need to turn it back on, follow the steps above and toggle the switch back on.

5. For ColorOS Devices: Realme, Oppo, Vivo

To turn off emergency SOS on Android, follow these steps:

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  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on System.
  3. Tap on Advanced.
  4. Tap on Emergency SOS.
  5. Toggle off the switch next to “Send SOS automatically.”
  6. Suppose you want to keep the Emergency SOS feature on but don’t want it to automatically send a message and call your emergency contacts. In that case, you can tap “Edit contacts” and choose which contacts you want to receive the SOS message and call.

You can also shut down Emergency SOS by pressing the power button five times in quick succession. Doing this will prompt you to enter your PIN or password before Emergency SOS is activated.

6. Steps to Disable Emergency SOS Call Feature on T-Mobile:

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  • Unlock your phone using your PIN, password, or fingerprint.
  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap on Privacy & Safety.
  • Look for Emergency SOS or Send SOS Messages.
  • Toggle off the switch next to Enable Emergency SOS.
  • Confirm your choice if prompted.

Other Android Brands: The basic steps are similar for users of other Android brands. Navigate through your device’s settings, locate the section related to safety or privacy, and find the Emergency SOS option to turn it off.

Tips for Avoiding Accidental Emergency SOS Activations

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To prevent unintentional Emergency SOS activations, consider the following tips:

  • Set a secure lock screen to prevent accidental pocket dialing.
  • Be mindful when handling your device, especially during physical activities.
  • Temporarily disable the feature when engaging in activities that might trigger false alarms.

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Reddit Threads

Here are some screenshots of comments from the best Reddit thread based on this topic; I will link all the sources below:

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Re-enabling Emergency SOS

To turn the Emergency SOS feature back on, follow the above-mentioned steps. Just toggle the switch or adjust the settings as needed.

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Related FAQs

Q: What happens if I accidentally press the emergency call?

A: Suppose you accidentally press the emergency call button on your phone. In that case, it will automatically dial the emergency number for your country. This will connect you to a dispatcher who will be able to help you in case of an emergency. If you are not in an emergency, you can hang up the phone, and nothing will happen. However, knowing what will happen if you accidentally press the emergency call button is important to avoid unnecessary problems.

Q: Can you disable 911 on the phone?

A: It is not possible to disable 911 on a phone. It is a universal emergency number that is always available, even if your phone is locked or has no service. If you try to disable 911, your phone will likely display a message stating it is impossible.

Q: Can Emergency SOS be turned off?

A: Yes, Emergency SOS can be turned off. To do so, follow these steps:
Open the Settings app.
Tap Emergency SOS.
Toggle off the Emergency SOS switch.

Q: How can I disable Emergency SOS on my device?

A: You can also turn off Emergency SOS by pressing and holding the side and volume buttons until you see the SOS slider. Then, slide to cancel.
It is important to note that if you stop Emergency SOS, you cannot use it to call for help in an emergency.

Q: How does an emergency SOS trigger?

A: If you need emergency help, your device can send an SOS. The way you do this depends on your device. Press and hold the power button on most phones for five seconds to activate it. You can also create a custom shortcut, like pressing the volume buttons three times in a row. Once you activate the emergency SOS, your phone will automatically call emergency services and send them your location. You can also send a text message to your emergency contacts to let them know you need help.


While the Emergency SOS feature is undoubtedly a critical safety tool, there are times when you might want to turn it off to avoid accidental activations.

Following the steps outlined in this guide, you can easily disable the Emergency SOS feature on your Android device, regardless of the brand. Remember to consider the brand-specific variations while navigating your device’s settings.

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