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Android 12's new 'Safety & emergency' menu puts all your health and contact information in one place

Android 12's new 'Safety & emergency' menu puts all your health and contact information in one place

Smartphones give us the benefit of always being connected, making them a key instrument in any emergency situation. Google is looking to capitalize on that for Android 12 by boosting some of its most essential features. An all-new "Safety & emergency" section has been added to the settings menu, giving you quick access to your most vital details and linking directly to the Pixel's Personal Safety app.

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Android 12's new Emergency SOS feature is back in Beta 1

Android 12's new Emergency SOS feature is back in Beta 1

Back during the first Developer Preview for Android 12, a new iOS-like Emergency SOS feature was spotted that let you panic-smash your power button five times to make an emergency call. The feature disappeared from Settings in subsequent releases, but it's back as of Beta 1.

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Android 12 adds Emergency SOS with five taps of the power button

Android 12 adds Emergency SOS with five taps of the power button

Google has added a new Emergency SOS feature to Android 12. After turning it on, five quick presses of the power button will launch a countdown to call 911, or presumably your local emergency services. The number to call for help can be changed, but note that changing it from the default will require your phone to be unlocked in order to work. The countdown tells you to "stay calm" and gives five seconds to cancel with a swipe.

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