What does SOS mean on iPhone?
The SOS error on an iPhone can be both frustrating and confusing. It is usually experienced when the user’s cellular service has been disabled, or the SIM card needs to be re-inserted. In either case, users are left unable to make calls, send text messages, access the internet, and even use certain apps.
How to get iPhone out of Emergency SOS mode?
Fortunately, there are several ways to get an iPhone out of SOS mode. First, restart your iPhone. This will reset any settings or processes that may be causing the issue. If this doesn’t work, you can try to reset the network settings or factory reset iPhone.
In this article, we’ll provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to apply these troubleshooting methods and get your iPhone back to its normal functioning.
1. Force Restart iPhone
If your iPhone is stuck in SOS mode, the first thing you should do is power off the device, then turn it back on by following the steps below.
iPhone 8 and earlier models:
If you have an iPhone 8 or earlier model, quickly press and release the Volume Up button followed by the Volume Down button and then press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo appear on the screen.
iPhone X and later models:
For iPhone X and later models, press and hold either the volume button along with the side button at the same time, until you see the Apple logo appear.
2. Update iOS (if applicable)
Updating your iPhone is an effective way to tackle a stuck SOS mode issue. Each update consists of hotfixes and bug fixes that can help in resolving SOS issues. Aside from fixing potential bugs or glitches, updating your iPhone also provides plenty of benefits such as new features and enhancements that may be useful for you.
To update the device, here are the steps you can take:
1. Open the Settings app on your phone.
2. Select General and then tap Software Update.
3. Follow the prompt to download and install any available updates for your phone.
4. Restart the device to apply all changes and check if the issue is still present
3. Reset the Network Setting
If the update did not help in solving your SOS mode issue, resetting the network settings can be a good alternative. This method removes all stored networks and passwords. Thereby, removing network glitches that could be causing the iPhone to get stuck in SOS mode. Here is how to do so:
1. Head over to Settings and choose General.
2. Tap Reset and select Reset Network Settings from the list of options available.
3. Enter your Apple ID password.
4. Wait for the process to finish and restart the device.
4. Check the SIM Card
One of the key elements to determining why an iPhone is stuck in SOS mode is to check whether the SIM card is inserted properly. If the SIM card isn’t connected properly, then it could be preventing the phone from connecting to mobile networks and registering with a carrier.
To check if this is the case, remove your iPhone’s SIM card tray and inspect the SIM card to ensure that it is properly connected and seated. If necessary, you can use a pin or needle to straighten any bent pins on the card before re-inserting it into the tray.
Afterward, restart your phone and see if that resolves the issue. If the error persists, try using a different SIM card to solve this issue.
5. Reset your iPhone
Resetting your iPhone is the only option if the above steps do not work. This method should only be used as a last resort, as it clears all data and brings your iPhone back to its default settings. Therefore, make sure to back up your important data before performing a reset
- Go to Settings > General > Reset and select Erase All Content and Settings.
- You will be asked to enter your Apple ID password to confirm the action. Enter it and you’ll see a warning that all of the data on your device will be erased, including photos, music, apps, and settings.
- If you’re sure that you want to proceed, select Erase Now.
Your device will start the restore process, which may take a few minutes to complete. When it’s done, your iPhone will be out of SOS mode and ready for use. You will have to set up your device again after restoring it, so make sure you have all the information you need before proceeding.
If the above methods don’t work, you have to contact your carrier or Apple Support for help. They’ll provide further details on the root cause of the issue and recommend steps to help avoid it in the future. Additionally, they may also have a software update available that could resolve your problem.