How to Fix iPhone Stuck on Emergency SOS

Is your iPhone stuck in emergency SOS?

There are numerous reasons why your iPhone gets stuck in emergency SOS mode. 

Most of the time, this issue occurs when a user activates the feature and doesn’t know how it works. 

Emergency SOS

Thiscan also be due to faulty physical buttons, an unresponsive touchscreen, or you’ve installed a buggy version of iOS. 

Today, we’ll show you what to do if you can’t get out of the emergency SOS page. 

Let’s begin!

1. Force Restart Your iPhone. 

Force restarting your iPhone is the easiest way to get out of the emergency SOS page. This comes in handy if the screen or physical buttons are not responding to touch or clicks. 

See the steps below to force restart your iPhone: 

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button
  2. Now, press the Volume Down button once. 
  3. Hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears. 
  4. Release the Side button
iphone stuck on emergency SOS

Wait for your device to boot and see if the problem is solved. 

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2. Clean the Display. 

If you’re stuck on the emergency SOS page, or it keeps showing up on your iPhone, there’s a chance that your device is suffering from ghost touches. 

Possibly, there are some smudges or water spots on your screen that falsely trigger the touchscreen. 

Grab a soft cloth and wipe your iPhone’s display to remove any smudges or marks. 

3. Disable Emergency SOS. 

Emergency SOS can be triggered using key combinations. Sometimes you can accidentally activate the event, causing the emergency SOS page to come out of nowhere. 

To avoid this, you can disable emergency SOS on your device if you don’t really use it. 

Here’s what you need to do: 

  1. First, open Settings on your device. 
  2. Scroll down and tap on Emergency SOS
Emergency SOS Settings
  1. Inside, disable these options: 
  • Call with 3 Button Presses
  • Call with Hold and Release
iphone stuck on emergency SOS

Restart your iPhone, and the emergency SOS page should not get activated by accidental presses of the physical buttons. 

4. Stop Sharing Your Location. 

A red status icon will continuously show in the upper left corner of your iPhone even after ending the call with emergency services. 

To remove the emergency SOS status on your iPhone, you’ll need to stop sharing your location. 

See the steps below to guide you through the process: 

  1. Tap on the Red Status icon in the upper left corner of your screen. 
  2. Now, tap on Stop Sharing Emergency Location
iphone stuck on emergency SOS
  1. Confirm your action by tapping Stop Sharing Emergency Location

Once done, the red status icon should disappear from your device. 

5. Update Your iPhone. 

The emergency SOS feature on your iPhone should work seamlessly. 

However, there might be a problem with the version of iOS you’re using that causes your iPhone to get stuck on the emergency SOS page. 

To rule this out, follow the steps below to update your iPhone: 

  1. Launch Settings on your device. 
  2. Now, tap on General > Software Update
  3. If there’s an available update, tap on Download and Install
Update iPhone


  • Your device can restart several times while installing the update. 
  • Make sure that your iPhone has at least 50% battery before installing updates. It’s best to keep your device plugged into the wall charger to avoid interruptions. 
  • Allow at least 15 minutes for the update to install, especially if it’s a major update (iOS 14 to iOS 15).

Once done, try using emergency SOS again and check if the problem is solved. 

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6. Put Your iPhone in Recovery Mode. 

If your iPhone is still stuck in emergency SOS, you can put it into Recovery Mode and restart it afterward. 

This method would require a Windows PC with iTunes installed or a Mac. 

Here’s what you need to do: 

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using the lightning cable. 
  2. Now, press and quickly release the Volume Up button on your iPhone. 
  3. Press the Volume Down button afterward and release it. 
  4. Hold down the Side button and wait for the Recovery Mode screen to appear. 
  5. Release the Side button
  6. Once your iPhone is in Recovery Mode, you can now disconnect your device from your computer. 
  7. Next, hold the Side + Volume Down button on your iPhone until the Apple logo appears. 
iphone stuck on emergency SOS

Your phone should now boot into the lock screen and not on the emergency SOS page. 

That’s everything you need to know on how to fix an iPhone that is stuck on emergency SOS. 

For your questions and other concerns, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below, and we’ll do our best to help you out. 

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  • John Sixto

    John is a staff writer at Saint and comes from a SAP ABAP development background. He has a Bachelors in IT and has been writing since 2018, with over 500 posts published. He loves to build PCs and has a deep curiosity in understanding how different components and configurations work. John spends hundreds of hours at a time, researching and testing the software and apps, before he proceeds to write about it. LinkedIn X (Twitter)

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