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What Does SOS Mean On An iPhone And How To Fix It?

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Uh oh! Even though seeing “SOS” on your iPhone doesn’t seem like a good sign, it doesn’t mean you’ve accidentally set off an emergency alert.

The SOS we’re talking about here shows up in the top status bar of your iPhone, where your cellular link usually shows up. We’ll tell you how to set up an SOS alert on your iPhone, but in this piece, we’ll just look at what the SOS on your iPhone status bar means and how to fix it.

What Does “SOS” Mean on an iPhone?

The SOS sign in the status bar of your iPhone means that you no longer have a good cellular connection and that you can only make an SOS call or text to emergency services. If you lose even SOS service on an iPhone 13 or lower, it will change to “No service.”

Since the iPhone 14 added satellite SOS, you shouldn’t see that message unless you are cave diving or deep sea diving with your iPhone 14 or later.

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How Can SOS on an iPhone Be Fixed?

The easy answer is to move back to a place where service is better. But if you’re in a place where you’ve had a connection before, it’s possible that your phone isn’t registering the link correctly.

In this case, swipe down from the top right corner of your screen and tap the green Cellular Data button to turn it off. Tap it again to turn it back on. If that doesn’t remind your iPhone that it should have a good link, you can soft reset your iPhone.

Hold down the side button and the lower volume button at the same time for about 3 seconds to get a new screen with two sliders and a stop icon. Slide the power button at the top to the right to turn off your phone.

Wait a few seconds, then press the side button to turn it back on. That should be it. If you are near a link, your phone should find it and take the SOS off your status bar.

How to Remove SOS Only from an iPhone

Follow the steps below to stop your iPhone from showing SOS in the status bar.

Due to a bug, the SOS icon could sometimes show up. Just restart your iPhone to fix it. Press and hold the Power button until the Power slider appears. If you move the bar to the right, your iPhone will shut down. Wait a few seconds, and then press the Power button to turn your iPhone back on.

The main reason your iPhone’s SOS button shows up is because of a bad network. So, try moving somewhere else. Move to a different room or, if that’s not possible, a different place with a good network service.

Next, you’ll need to take the SIM card out of your iPhone. Then, use a soft cloth to clean it, and put it back in your iPhone. This fix is a good way to get rid of the SOS text on an iPhone.

Go to Cellular Data under Settings. (or Mobile data). Turn the switch next to Cellular data off. (or Mobile data). Wait until it makes a few noises, and then turn it back on.


Make sure that internet roaming is turned on on your iPhone if you are going somewhere other than the state or country where your SIM card was bought.

  1. Go to Settings > Cellular data (Mobile data).
  2. Tap “Cellular data” or “Mobile data” and turn on the switch next to “Data roaming.”

You might have picked or switched your iPhone to the wrong network by chance. That might be why SOS is written in the progress bar. Setting network selection to “automatic” is the best way to fix the problem.

So, your iPhone will choose the right network for your SIM immediately. Go to Settings, then Cellular data (Mobile data), then Network option. Flip the switch next to Automatic on. If it’s already on, you should turn it off and then back on.

Some companies, like AT&T, are getting rid of their older networks, like 3G, over time. If you have Voice & data set to 3G, the SOS sign could show up in the status bar.

To turn it off, you just need to move to a newer network. Go to Settings > Cellular data > Cellular data choices > Voice & data. Choose a mode other than the one you’re in. LTE should also be turned on.

Getting the SOS symbol on your iPhone could be a sign that there is a problem with the network. This could be because you have old settings for your service. To turn it off, you have to directly change your carrier settings.

In the same way, you should update iOS to the most recent version.

Go to Settings > General > About to see if there are any changes for either of them. Make sure you have a Wi-Fi connection. If there is an update for your iPhone, you should install it.


Lastly, if nothing else works to get rid of the SOS in your iPhone’s status bar, you should restart the network settings on your iPhone. If you do this, all of the network settings, like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc., will go back to their original settings. They need to be set up again.

Go to Settings > General > Move or Reset to move or reset your iPhone. Then, click Reset and then click Reset network settings.

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