On March 16, a Twitter user, Jason Rowley, woke up because of the three policemen who entered his bedroom. The man slept in Apple Watch and accidentally activated SOS mode in a dream. About this Rowley said on his page on Twitter.
fuck i accidentally hit my lock button multiple times out of a nervous twitch and it activated my emergency SOS alarm and made everyone in class freak out lmfao i wanna leave this class forever
— kwami (@fuckkristinb) March 6, 2018
In a conversation with The Verge, Rowley noted that the policemen were polite and calm. They told that they got used to false calls with Apple Watch. Judging by other complaints on Twitter, a similar problem also happens for iPhone owners, who can also activate the emergency call mode. In both cases, the system starts counting down from three to five seconds, followed by a siren, then starts dialing 911 and sends messages to friends or relatives.
Apple Watch really needs a “I’m changing bands please don’t trigger emergency SOS or password wipe” mode
— Colin Weir (@radiocolin) March 15, 2018
The SOS emergency call function can indeed be activated if you press and hold the power button: at night you can do this by accident, simply by unsuccessfully bending your wrist.
Как можно случайно активировать режим SOS на Apple Watch: достаточно дважды нажать кнопку включения с небольшой паузой pic.twitter.com/YC3KLLk5qA
— Damir Kamaletdinov (@damir_kam) March 19, 2018
The SOS emergency call mode appeared with the WatchOS 4 and iOS 11 output and is designed to help users in danger to quietly call for help by simply holding a few buttons on their device. By default, the function automatically starts to dial into the police, but it can be disabled in the settings.