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Fix Emergency Calls Only Error in Galaxy S6, S5, S4 and other Android Phones

by Fahad Saleem

Android is an open source mobile platform which has a plethora of benefits. But with the benefits come huge drawbacks, the primary of which is the instability. Thousands of users are facing the problem in which they see “Emergency Calls Only” message on their Android phones, especially in Galaxy S6, Galaxy S5, S4 and other Android phones in general.

It is important to note that in order to fix emergency calls only android problem, we assume here that you are getting full signals of mobile connectivity in a sense that there is no problem with your service provider. If the signals are coming for other people and only your Android phone is creating the signals of limited service errors, it certainly means that the problem is with your phone.

There are many ways through which you can fix the emergency calls only Android problem. Let’s see them one by one.

Fix Emergency Calls Only in Samsung Galaxy and other Android phones

Turn Phone Off and On

Strange it might sound but turning Off and on your Android phone could fix emergency calls problem. Just turn off your Android phone, wait for a few seconds or preferably a minute and then turn it on. You will be amazed to see that the problem gets fixed this way. If it is not solved and your Galaxy S6, S5 or S4 still shows the error, just move on to the next steps.

Reset Phone

Resetting the Android phone is the second way to fix emergency calls only error. Don’t worry, it’s not a big deal and the word reset must not freak you out. Just unplug your phone from any power source and remove the battery. Wait for a few minutes and then put the battery inside

Some of the Android phones could not be opened to remove the battery. In that case move on to the next step.

Adjust and Set Sim Card

SIM card must be inside your phone properly. Many users open their Android phones more often to change SIMs or tweak. In doing this process, they mess up the position of the SIM Card. If the position of the SIM card is changed, the signals will not come and you will face the emergency calls error. In order to fix this, just open your phone and check that SIM card is properly positioned.

Cleaning the SIM card and its sides is also necessary. If you feel that there is dust and dirt deposited around the SIM card, take a cotton bird or a tissue paper, pour some perfume on it and clean the internal body of your phone. After using the tissue paper or cotton bird and cleaning, leave the phone open for a few minutes and let it dry. Then put the sim card back in and turn on the phone. This way, you could fix the emergency calls only error in Android.

Selecting Networks

Selecting the right network providers from the settings of the phone is also necessary. In most of the cases, the settings of the Samsung Galaxy phones get changed. This causes the network disconnections.

Launch Settings in your Android phone and go to the Network Settings.

Tap on mobile networks and then go to Network operators.

Your device will search for network. If it doesn’t, just tap the Search networks.

Now select the network based on strength and subscription. If you are not subscribed to a network, selecting it wouldn’t help.

In the latest versions of Android, the above settings could be found by going to Settings and “More Networks” as shown in the images below.


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You can also tap the option “3” and change the network to try out the other options. The idea is to change the networks and check which trick solves the emergency calls only problem.

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Select the right Mode

There is another way to fix emergency calls only problem in Galaxy S5, S6 and other Android phones.

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Just go to the “Network mode”  in settings

These were some of the ways to fix Emergency calls only problem in Android phones especially Samsung Galaxy devices.

In case of any confusion, comment on this post and we will get back to you.

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