What is Emergency mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5 and how do I use it?

Last Update Date : Jan 09. 2018

Last updated: 2 April, 2014


Emergency mode enables you to extend your device’s standby time when you are in an emergency situation and you want your device to conserve power to extend its standby time for as long as possible. When this mode is activated the screen’s brightness will decrease and some of the device's functionality will be limited in order to conserve your battery's charge.


The home screen will be changed to a black theme to reduce battery consumption. You will be able to use the Phone app to make a call to a specified contact and also to make emergency calls. You can also turn on the flash and sound alarms and send your location information to others in a message.


Follow the steps below to activate and use Emergency mode.



Activating Emergency Mode


1. Hold down the Power key on your device for several seconds.


2. Touch Emergency mode.


3. Touch OK.


4. Touch the checkbox to state you have read and agree with the terms and conditions and then touch OK.


GS5 - Activating Emergency Mode 




Navigating the Emergency Mode Home Screen





Touch Torch to activate your device's flash and use it as a torch.


Emergency Alarm


Touch Emergency Alarm to activate an alarm on your device.


Share my location


Touch Share my location to send information about your current location to a contact.




Touch Phone to call one of your contacts or access the dial pad.




Touch Internet to open the internet browser.



Touch + to add apps to the Emergency mode Home screen. Only apps that can be used in Emergency mode are available for selection.



Emergency call


Touch Emergency call to call the emergency services.


GS5 - Emergency Mode



Removing an app from the Emergency mode Home screen


1. Touch the More button in the top-right of the screen.


2. Touch Remove.

3. Touch - next to the app you wish to remove (some apps, such as Phone, cannot be removed).


4. Touch OK when finished.


GS5 - Removing an App From Emergency Mode 


Changing apps' and other features' settings


1. Touch the More button in the top-right of the screen.


2. Touch Settings.


3. Touch an app or feature to change its settings. Only apps and features that can be used in Emergency mode will be available.


GS5 - Changing App Settings in Emergency Mode 


Disabling Emergency mode


To disable Emergency mode press and hold down the Power key on your device and then touch Emergency mode.

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