Samsung Galaxy S7 User Guide

Enable Send SOS Messages

Your phone could save your life in a sticky situation. With the Send SOS Message feature activated, your Galaxy S7 will send your location and an alert to your predefined emergency contact when you press the Power key 3 times quickly. Your outgoing alert can also include pictures or an audio recording, so your contact can get an idea of what's happening. Here's how to set up Send SOS Message on your Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

1. Swipe down from the home page to pull down the notifications drawer.

 2. Tap the Settings button on the top right.

3. Scroll down and select Privacy And Emergency.

4. Tap Send SOS Messages.

5. Slide the switch at the top to right.

6. Hit Add on the alert that pops up prompting you to create an emergency contact.

7. Select Create Contact to set up a new person as your desired contact, or Select From Contacts to pick someone from your address book. For this example, we will create a new contact.

8. Enter the person's name and phone number.

9. Press Save on the top right.

10. Add up to three more emergency contacts.

11. Tap the back arrow on the top left.

12. Adjust the options for Attach Pictures or Attach Audio Recording as you prefer.

Cherlynn Low

Cherlynn is Deputy Editor, Reviews at Engadget and also leads the site's Google reporting. She graduated with a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University before joining Tom's Guide and its sister site LaptopMag as a staff writer, where she covered wearables, cameras, laptops, computers and smartphones, among many other subjects.

  • Metalshaper
    ATT Settings-Device-Applications-Messages-Emergency Alert Settings-Emergency alerts. Turn of buttons.
  • Frank811
    There is no "more" at the upper right of my call screen, just "delete." Verizon S7.
  • Juliemorrison
    On the S7 am I able to change the size of the keyboard buttons?
  • techlikeme
    The Swipe palm gesture works for me the best.
  • andrew.may003
    These instructions are out of date for Oreo (Android 8) - it would be nice to see them updated.
  • 6008lubkin
    I am still getting calls from blocked numbers. What next?