Best Self-defense iPhone Apps You Should Have for Personal Security

Don't want to be helpless under unfortunate circumstances? Check out these top 10 self-defense apps for iPhone and iPad to not just learn the techniques to safeguard yourself from brutal attacks but also instantly notify your friends and family during an emergency.

Your iPhone can turn into the lifesaver gadget if you’ve got the right tools set up. You can’t carry weapons all the time, but you do carry your smartphone. With tons of iPhone self-defense apps available, you can learn the much-needed technique to protect yourself.

You can also use your iPhone to instantly alert others for help. So, if you want to fight off street goons to defend yourself or send Emergency SOS for help, we have you covered. Let’s dive across to explore the top-notch defense apps!

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Best Self-defense iPhone Apps

Best Self-Defense Apps for iPhone

#1. Marine Martial Arts

Marine Martial Arts Self-Defense iPhone App Screenshot

It’s the U.S. marine corp training manual, which can be enormously useful for individual Marines, unit leaders, and close combat instructors. Close combat is the fight between two or more people that includes armed and unarmed as well as lethal and non-lethal fighting techniques.

You can learn all the fundamentals of close combat. Find out what’s the right way to fight with lethal and non-lethal weapons. It also has an important chapter on ground fighting. What’s more, this self-defense app also has 15 fitness related calculators to ensure you can calculate fast.

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Price: $1.99

#2. Wing Chun Origins

Wing Chun Origins Self-Defense iPhone App Screenshot

Learn all the effective and smart techniques of martial arts! This is basically a digital magazine, which provides a comprehensive knowledge of Martial Arts.

You can catch up exclusive interviews and discussions with experts with years of experience. The detailed explanations ensure you can easily understand all the nuances. Besides, the support of multiple languages like Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, German, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, etc. makes this app enormously user-friendly.

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Price: Free

#3. Krav Maga Pro

Krav Maga Pro iPhone and iPad Self Defense App Screenshot

Krav Maga Pro is a well-known defense app specially designed for Israeli Defense Forces. The app features comprehensive defense tactics, which you can master by following the important guides. It offers several training videos with easy instructions. Hence, you will be able to follow the technique easily.

You can also track your progress through various charts and find out the ways to improve your performance. The simplicity with which the app guides through the defense techniques makes it ideal for beginners.

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Price: $7.99

#4. Boxx

Boxx Boxing Workout iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

Boxx is an excellent combination of boxing, cardio, strength, and yoga. The app offers a range of helpful workouts to improve your strength and stamina. To ensure you follow all the techniques properly, the app offers tutorial videos with instructions.

You can download videos to watch them offline and continue to carry out your workout without any interruption. Additionally, the app comes with the 14-day free trial after that you will need to subscribe to $9.99 monthly or $99.99 subscription to continue.

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Price: Free

#5. Hand to Hand Combat Training

Hand to Hand Combat Training iPhone App Screenshot

Want to hone the skill of martial arts techniques when fighting at close range? This app can prove to be of immense help to you.

Loaded with multiple programs, the app provides the detailed explanation of all the techniques that will help you protect yourself from brutal attacks and also thwart your enemies.

Aside from assisting you in improving your martial arts skill, the app can also help you bolster your physical fitness by isolating the muscle groups utilized when fighting or defending yourself. Hence, you cannot just master those great techniques but also build a robust body that’s strong enough to take the bull by the horns!

Price: Free

#6. Karate Training Program

Karate Training Program Self-Defense iPhone App Screenshot

Keen to learn karate? Pick out “Karate Training Program” to help you master karate. It doesn’t matter whether you are a pro or a beginner; the app can be of great help for both.

It provides a number of training programs and self-defense techniques. Based on your need, you can customize each exercise. Check out the HD instructional videos to preview and learn training techniques. So watch all those important videos and practice the techniques to give a befitting response to the goons who might come on your way to confront with you.

The thorough instructions about each defense technique are very crucial especially when you are at the beginning stage. Oh yes, the app also offers audio guidance to ensure you are always on the track!

Price: Free

#7. Dynamic Self Defense Academy

Dynamic Self Defence Academy iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

This app is a one-stop shop to learn various arts of defense. You can learn Krav Maga, Self Defence, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Wrestling, Kick Boxing, Judo, Martial Art Conditioning, Yoga and more. By pressing a single button, you can book your training in many disciplines. Book your training as per your interest and schedule.

Price: Free

Emergency SOS iPhone Apps

Let’s check out some of the finest apps that can let you alert others using your iPhone.

#1. SafeTrek – Hold Until Safe

SafeTrek – Hold Until Safe Emergency SOS iPhone App Screenshot

SafeTrek is a simple and ingenious way of alerting the cops when you feel unsafe. You hold the safe button till you feel safe. If you release the button in the event of danger, the app will send out an SOS along with location information (continuously monitored via your iPhone) in ten seconds. You can disable the alert if you want to – within ten seconds – by entering a PIN. The app is one of the most minimal safety apps. Read full review of SafeTrek

Price: Free

#2. Red Panic Button

Red Panic Button Emergency SOS iPhone App Screenshot

In an emergency, what matters most is the option to quickly and easily send the needed information to the concerned relatives. And “Red Panic Button” allows you to do just that.

With this app, you can set a panic number or mail address, and your device will send a message containing your address and location. It also allows you to send a recorded message to your designated email. Besides, Twitter integration makes it a lot easier to quickly inform your friends and followers about any incident.

Price: Free

#3. Rave Panic Button

Rave Panic Button Emergency SOS iPhone App Screenshot

In critical situations, it’s extremely important to get help as soon as possible. With “Rave Panic Button,” you can activate one of the five panic buttons to dial emergency services. Hence, you will get the needed help in time.

For fewer severity issues, you can set this app to notify your close friends of any incident. Just ensure that the app is allowed to send you notifications and connected to your cellular or Wi-Fi network.

Price: Free


SEND HELP Emergency SOS iPhone App Screenshot

“SEND HELP” is yet another highly effective SOS emergency app. You can use it to send SMS and emails to pre-selected emergency contacts. It lets you use separate contacts for SMS and email.

Apart from allowing you to notify your family or friends instantly, the app also lets you post your location to Facebook and Twitter with just a click of a button. Today view extension allows you to launch the app and send your alerts quickly.

Price: Free

#5. SOS Siren Emergency Alarm

SOS Siren Emergency Alarm iPhone App Screenshot

SOS Siren Emergency Alarm ensures you can easily get heard, make a call and be noticed during an emergency. The realistic siren sounds and scary screams help you get listened to a bit easier.

It also consists of dogs barking sound. There are four response options. You can send out a pre-saved text message to some of your close contacts.

Price: Free

#6. SOS!

SOS iPhone App Screenshot

This personal safety app comes with a motion detector. With just a tap, you can call for help in the emergency. Sound a loud alarm to get heard easily.

You will pre-configure your close contacts to call them instantly. Just tap a button to let your friends know your location and confirm that you are safe. It also allows you to send out the distress signal to let your friends know the emergency level.

Price: $0.99

What about the inbuilt “Emergency SOS” on iPhone?

The latest iOS ecosystem has got an inbuilt Emergency SOS to let you quickly alert your friends for help. Follow this complete guide to enable and use Emergency SOS on iPhone.

Your Favorite Self-Defense App?

So, these are my most trusted self-defense apps for iOS! I hope you have liked them as well. Is any of your favorite app missing from this special list? Do let us know that in the comments below.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.

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