How to Disable the Side Button for 911 Calls on an iPhone 13

Your iPhone 13 has some elements on it related to health and personal safety. Some of these features allow you to display important health information for medical personnel.

One option makes it a little easier to dial 911 or your country’s emergency services number. This is achieved by pressing the side button 5 times in a row.

Keeping this option is a little risky, however. It’s nice to know that you can make that call so easily (assuming that you remember it’s an option,) but it’s surprisingly easy to press that button five times.

If you are worried that you might call 911 by accident, then you are able to disable this function. Our guide below will show you where to find and adjust this setting so that you don’t accidentally call 911 if you press the Power button too many times.

How to Turn Off the Call with Side Button Option on an iPhone 13

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Emergecny SOS.
  3. Turn off Call with Side Button.

Our article continues below with additional information on turning off the option to call 911 using the iPhone’s Power button 5 times.

How to Prevent 911 Calls By Pressing the Power Button 5 Times on an iPhone (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 13 in iOS 15. These same steps will work on other iPhone models using iOS 15, as well as some earlier versions of iOS.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

open iPhone settings

Step 2: Scroll down and choose the Emergency SOS option.

choose the Emergency SOS option

Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Call with Side Button to turn it off.

This feature is turned off when there is no green shading around the button. I have it turned off in the picture below.

how to disable emergency call with iPhone side button 5 times

Our guide continues below with additional information.

More Information on Disabling the Ability to Call Emergency Services with the Power Button 5 Times on an iPhone

Note that using the steps above to disable this feature won’t prevent you from calling emergency services in other ways. For example, you can still hold one of the volume buttons and the side button to access the emergency calling feature. You can always call 911 directly from the Phone app as well.

For an additional safeguard against accidental emergency calls on an iPhone you can also scroll all the way to the bottom of the Emergency SOS menu and enable the Countdown Sound option. This causes your iPhone to play a loud, attention-grabbing sound that gives you a few seconds to cancel an emergency call in case it occurs accidentally.

You should also take this opportunity to set an emergency contact on your device. This gives medical and healthcare people a way to contact a friend or family member in case of emergency.

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