If you’re wondering what SOS means on iPhone, you’re not alone. In iOS 16, Apple moved an indicator to a new location in the status bar, which confuses some people. Luckily, there’s a simple answer to why SOS might appear on your iPhone.
Why does my iPhone only say SOS?
SOS on your iPhone means it can only contact emergency services. No matter where a phone is located in the United States, as long as it can pick up a compatible cellular signal, it’s legal to make a 911 call. When a phone is out of service, you’ll usually be alerted that you can still use it for 911 by showing text like “Emergency calls only” or, in the case of iOS 16, the SOS indicator in the status bar.
The SOS indicator appears where you would normally see the network type (3G, 4G, LTE, 5G, 5GUW). It is meant to inform you that your phone is connected to a tower but cannot connect to your home network. This can have several reasons:
- Your phone is not connected to an active cellular service account.
- You are out of range of your home network and do not have roaming enabled.
- Your SIM card is not working properly.
- Your cellular network settings are out of date or configured incorrectly.
If you are sure that you have service and should be getting a signal, the simplest solution to this problem is to restart your phone. Normally this causes it to try again to connect the nearest tower.
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