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How your cell phone can help you in case of emergency

How your cell phone can help you in case of emergency (Photo: MGN Online)

(WKEF/WRGT) - Cincinnati Police are investigating the death 16-year-old Kyle Plush, after he reportedly suffocated in the van he drove to Seven Hills School.

Officials said Plush called 911 from the parking lot at 3:16 p.m., and now they're launching an investigation into what happened after he called officials.

While this investigation is underway, FOX 45 wanted to empower you by teaching you how your cell phone can help you in case of an emergency.

If you have an iPhone...

Emergency SOS automatically calls the local emergency number. To activate it on an iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, press and hold the side button and one of the volume buttons until a slider appears. Either drag the slider or hold the buttons until a countdown finishes, when it will call emergency services. If you have an iPhone 7 or earlier, press the side button 5 times, and the emergency slider will appear. Drag it to call emergency services.

The emergency SOS call will also send an alert to your emergency contacts. You can set up you emergency contacts inside of the "Health" app on an IPhone. The contacts are part of your "Medical ID".

To dial 911 without actually having to pick up your phone, you can manage your settings so Siri can be activated just by voice. In the settings on your phone, go to "Siri & Search", then flip on "Listen for 'Hey Siri'." This setting will allow you to say "Hey Siri, call 911" in case you can't get to your phone.

If you have a Galaxy...

Tap your power button 3 times, which will activate the front and rear cameras, have them take a photo and send it to your emergency contacts. The message will also say that you need help, have your exact location and a 5-second ambient sound recording. To set it up, launch the settings app, go to privacy and safety, tap Send SOS messages and toggle it on. Then tap privacy and safety, tap send SOS messages, tap the toggle to turn them on, click the checkbox and then agree A pop-up will come up, when you have to click add. From there, tap select from contacts or create a new contact, select each of your emergency contacts and then tap done on the top right corner of the screen.

More useful apps...

You can download the SOS emergency app by going to this link.

To add the Circle of 6 app to your iPhone or Android, check out this page. You can add as many as 6 people to join your circle, and then the 'pin icon come get me' sends a sex to your circle saying you need help getting home safely with your GPS coordinates. 'Phone icon call me' sends a text to your circle to say that you need someone to call and pretend you need me, and then 'Chat icon I need to talk' sends a text to your circle that says you need to talk.

bSafe has similar features, including an alarm, messages for fake calls, the ability to share your location with select people and a timer that will tell your friends if you have not checked in to a certain location by a set time.

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