Panic Button turns your mobile phone into a secret alarm for when you're in trouble
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Panic Button

Panic Button turns your mobile phone into a secret alarm for when you're in trouble

How does Panic Button work?


TAKE TIME to set-up Panic Button somewhere safe and quiet


Create a plan with your contacts so that they are PREPARED to ACT


CHECK you are ready and that your mobile phone has credit and battery


ACTIVATE Panic Button in an emergency by rapidly pressing the phone's power button


Your network will receive an SMS and regular updates of your location helping them to ACT FAST

The Organisations behind PANIC BUTTON

The Panic Button project is an initiative of Amnesty International in collaboration with key advisors and partners including Frontline Defenders, iilab and the engine room.

Panic Button also belongs to a wider community of advisors and friends. Special thanks go to the network of human rights activists from more than ten countries who have worked with us over the months to collaboratively design the app and have given many hours feeding back on the usability and functionality of the app.

A huge thanks is also owed to the many programmers and designers who have donated their time and skills to develop the app over the past two years. We are especially grateful to the OpenIDEO community for kick-starting the project and to ThoughtWorks who generously helped to develop the first working prototype of the app.



You need an Android phone with a minimum version of 2.3.3


See the notes to build your own APK


See the issues tagged with "Help Wanted".

See the notes to setup a development environment Outdated. Migration to Android Studio/Gradle in progress see #76.

Code contributions should be sent via github from feature branches (named feature/descriptive_name_of_feature) as pull requests as explained here.