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How to Fix “SOS Only” on an iPhone

Guide to Fix "SOS Only" on an iPhone.
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"SOS Only" on an iPhone refers to a feature called "Emergency SOS," which allows the user to quickly call for help in emergency situations. When this feature is enabled, the user can press the power button on their iPhone five times in quick succession to automatically call emergency services. Additionally, when the user initiates an SOS call, the phone will automatically send a message to the user's emergency contacts with the user's location. When the phone is set to "SOS Only" mode, the user will only be able to make an emergency call. However, some users may accidentally activate this feature and find themselves unable to make regular calls or use their data. In this article, we will go over the steps to fix "SOS Only" and return your iPhone to normal functionality.

Why Does My Phone Say “SOS Only”?

If your phone says "SOS Only," it could mean that you have enabled the Emergency SOS feature on your device and it is currently in "SOS Only" mode. This mode limits the phone's functionality to making emergency calls only. It's possible that you or someone else accidentally activated the Emergency SOS feature and put the phone into "SOS Only" mode. To exit "SOS Only" mode, you will need to disable the Emergency SOS feature by going to your phone's settings and turn off the feature.

How to Fix “SOS Only” on an iPhone

To fix "SOS Only" on an iPhone, you will need to disable the Emergency SOS feature:

Step 1: Check for a carrier update
The first thing you should do is check for a carrier update. Go to the "Settings" app and select "General" followed by "About." If there is a carrier update available, install it and see if that fixes the issue.

Step 2: Disable "SOS Only"
If there is no carrier update available, the next step is to disable "SOS Only." To do this, go to the "Settings" app and select "Emergency SOS." Turn off the "Auto Call" toggle and make sure that "Call with Side Button" is disabled.

Step 3: Restart your iPhone
If disabling "SOS Only" doesn't work, try restarting your iPhone. Press and hold the power button and slide to power off. Wait a few seconds and then press and hold the power button again to turn your iPhone back on.

Step 4: Contact your carrier
If none of the above steps work, it may be a problem with your carrier. Contact your carrier and they will be able to assist you in resolving the issue.

Alternatively, you can also disable the "Auto Call" feature from the same menu, so the phone will no longer automatically call emergency services when the power button is pressed multiple times.

It's also worth noting that if you have set up the Emergency SOS feature, you can also disable it by turning off the switch for "Auto Call" and "Hold Side Button" and also turn off the switch for "Countdown Sound."

Once you have completed these steps, your iPhone should return to normal operation and the "SOS Only" message should no longer appear.

In conclusion, "SOS Only" on an iPhone is a useful feature for emergency situations, but it can be accidentally activated and cause inconvenience. If you find yourself in this situation, don't panic. Follow the steps above to disable "SOS Only" and return your iPhone to normal functionality. If all else fails, contact your carrier for assistance.

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