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

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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 are able to 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 are able to 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.

Price: Free

#3. Boxing Training

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Train under the guidance of former IBO super featherweight Jeff Mayweather! With this app, you can get to know all the essential techniques to be a smart fighter. It consists of four sections including a short section on conditioning.

Get to know the offensive and defensive fundamentals of boxing. The topics which have been covered in this app are stance, three different types of jobs, the right hand, the right and left hooks, the uppercut, combinations, parrying, catching with the elbows, evasion techniques, and shadow boxing. Find out how to work on the heavy bag, double-end bag and speed bag.

Though this app is primarily designed for the folks who are aspiring to be a top boxer, it can also be immensely helpful for the ones who are willing to learn some smart techniques of self-defense.

Price: Free

#4. Hapkido Essentials and Self-defense Skills

Hapkido Essentials and Self-defense Skills iPhone App Screenshot

“Hapkido Essentials” comes with the complete Hapkido curriculum which is specifically designed to teach you self-defense. Guided by the well-known grandmaster, Chang-Soo Lee and Grandmaster Myung Yong Kim, you will have the best tips and instructions to sharpen your skill.

It features 75 Hapkido techniques (from beginner to advanced) with simple instructions. In the first part of the course, it covers standing defenses such as locking, take down, double, etc. Hapkido throwing ground and weapon defenses will play a big a role in bolstering your skill. You will have to upgrade the app to access all the features and watch the videos.

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 are able to not 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

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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. Art of Self-Defence

Art of Self-Defence iPhone App Screenshot

So, you think that aggression is the only way to combat violence? Think again! Art of Self-Defence teaches you how to fight out hostile circumstances non-aggressively.

Through several video demonstrations, the app teaches you how to deal with belligerent moments without losing your temper. You can learn various moves to successfully defend yourself and throw off your enemies. Considering the concept, the app can be an excellent option for both kids and adults.

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 instantly notify your family or friends, 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 quickly launch the app and send your alerts.

Price: Free

#5. SOS Siren Emergency Alarm

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SOS Siren Emergency Alarm ensures you are able to 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 Siren Emergency Alarm 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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