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Use Emergency mode on your Galaxy phone

Use Emergency mode on your phone

There are times when you really need your phone but you do not have any way to charge it. If an emergency happens and your phone's power is low, you can extend its battery life by turning on Emergency Mode. When this mode is activated, the screen’s brightness will decrease and some functions will be limited to help conserve your battery's charge. However, you'll still be able to make calls to emergency contacts. Keep reading to learn how to activate and use Emergency Mode.

Note: The Home screen will be changed to a black theme to reduce battery consumption. Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and phone model.

Activate Emergency mode

Note: 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.

There are times when you need your phone to last but you do not have anyway to charge it. Learn how to turn on Emergency mode.

Hold down the Power key until the Power menu appears. Tap Emergency mode. If needed, enter your lock screen credentials. Tap the checkbox to state you have read and agree with the terms and conditions and then tap Agree. Tap Turn on; Emergency Mode will activate.

Restart and Emergency mode Off

Navigate the Emergency mode Home screen

The Emergency Mode interface is very different from the regular interface you are used to. Here's what it looks like:

  • Flashlight: Turn on or off the flashlight.

  • Share my location: Share your location with a recipient of your choice.

Listed apps on the Emergency mode Home screen
  • Internet: Launch Samsung Internet.

  • Emergency alarm: Your phone will turn on a loud alarm.

  • Phone: Launch the Phone app to make calls.

  • Add App: You can only add Email, Facebook, or Maps. 

Remove an app from the Emergency mode Home screen

Sometimes, even in Emergency Mode, you don't need certain apps. Learn how to remove the app from the Home screen.

While in Emergency Mode, tap More Options, and then tap Remove apps. Tap the Remove icon next to the app you wish to remove, and then tap Done. If needed, you can add the app again later by tapping Add app.

Note: Some apps cannot be removed from the Home screen. 

App with a minus sign on it and DONE at bottom of screen

Adjust settings

Just because the Emergency Mode is bare, it doesn't mean your phone loses all of its features. Follow these steps to change the settings while in Emergency Mode.

Tap More Options, and then tap Settings. Tap a feature to change its settings.

Note: Only apps and features that can be used in Emergency mode will be available.

List of settings with a black background

Turn off Emergency mode

When you no longer need to worry about battery life, it's time to turn Emergency Mode off. 

Tap More Options, and then tap Turn off Emergency mode

A bubble with a list of options including Turn off Emergency mode
  1. Touch the More button in the top-right of the screen.

  2. Touch Turn off Emergency mode.

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