Emergency SOS for iPhone

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The new iPhone iOS 11 update offers an emergency SOS feature for people to quickly and easily use in an emergency.

For iPhone’s 8 and 10, the user has to hold their lock button and volume button down until the Emergency SOS slider appears.

For IPhone’s 7 and earlier, users have to rapidly click the lock button 5 times until the slider appears.

The user can then drag the slider to call 9-1-1.

After your call ends, your phone will send a text message to your emergency contacts with your specific location, and if your location changes it'll update every 10 minutes.

Emergency officials say just dialing 9-1-1 is simpler and easier to use compared to using this feature.

"I think putting an app into that picture, if it doesn't function the way it's supposed to function, like calling 9-1-1 would, it's going to delay a response that they need or that they're requesting," says Mike Dannenfelzer, Communication Director at Central Dispatch.

Central Dispatch recommends people dial 9-1-1 instead of using an app like this one if they're in an emergency.

They also say people can text 9-1-1 if they aren't able to speak on the phone.