SOS only in iphone it means that we are outside the normal coverage range of our mobile phone provider. This means that the first thing we would have to try is to return within a coverage area of our provider to have a signal again.
This is a problem because when “Solo SOS” appears at the top of the screen, we will not be able to make calls, send text messages, much less use the Internet. Luckily, this situation is not so negative, because from iPhone 14, the company allows us to use SOS via satellite for emergencies.
What does SOS Only mean on iPhone?
The Solo SOS or SOS message appears in the operator field at the top right of the screen. When it appears, it means that we will only be able to make calls to emergency services such as 911 (USA), 112 (Europe), 999 (United Kingdom) or 000 (Australia).
Texting isn’t going to work, and even though people are scared of phone calls, they’re not going to work either (and in these cases we’ll miss being able to). In the case of data services to connect to the Internet, they will not work either. Our telephone is limited to the possibility of calling emergency services: ambulances, firefighters, police, coast guard, mountain rescue or any service that we have in our country.
What is the reason?
When we see the Solo SOS it means that our mobile phone provider does not have coverage in the place where we are, but we are within reach of a rival network. For better understanding, if we are subscribed to AT&T, but we are in an area that is covered by Verizon, then we will see “Only SOS”.
So, this means that we can request help if we find ourselves in a dangerous or urgent situation, even though we will be outside the normal range of the telephone.
Another important detail is that this can also happen when our cell phone provider is experiencing service problems, although it is quite rare for it to happen.
How to fix SOS Only on iPhone
In reality, Solo SOS is more of a failsafe than a problem, the only way to “fix” it is to go to a place that is within the scope of our provider. In case the message appears with considerable frequency, we may have to consider using dual SIM on our iPhone and having a backup mobile plan.
One problem that can occur is that our phone gets stuck in Solo SOS, which makes us see this in areas where in theory we should have a signal. In these cases, it would be best to switch the phone to Airplane mode by swiping down from the upper right corner, we will activate and deactivate the option in the Control Center.
Another thing that we can do and that always works is simply restart our phone. This will re-establish the connection with our provider.