The Apple Watch can tap you on your wrist and sound an alarm to check if you’re conscious after your hard fall. If you don’t confirm that you’re OK via the on-screen options, and the device doesn’t detect any movement from your end for more than one minute, it’s set to automatically call your local emergency service. When the call is answered the Apple Watch plays a prerecorded audio message that informs the paramedics about your accident and also sharing your location by providing latitude and longitude data!
How To Enable Fall Detection
This is a potential life-saving feature that’s enabled by default for all smartwatch owners that are aged 65 or older. However, we recommend to everyone to enable it. Use the following step-by-step tutorial to do so:
A. On iPhone
1. Open the companion Watch app on the paired iPhone.
2. Make sure that you browse the My Watch tab.
3. Tap on Emergency SOS.
4. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and toggle the Fall Detection switch to the On state.
B. On Apple Watch
After enabling the feature on the paired iPhone you have to also turn it on your Apple Watch:
1. Open Settings on Apple Watch.
2. Tap on General.
3. Select SOS.
4. Tap on Fall Detection.
5. Enable it by tapping the knob next to the Fall Detection label.
6. Tap Confirm and the feature is ON!
How To Message Friends And Family In Case Of Fall Detection
Additionally to auto-calling the emergency services, if you’re unresponsive after a sudden fall, the Apple Watch can be configured to message family or friends. The text will include complete location info to help your loved ones to be able to track you down.
This feature requires you to setup your Medical ID in the iOS Health app.
1. Open the app and browse the Summary view.
2. Tap on your account icon available in the top-right corner of the screen.
3. In the Medical Details section tap on Medical ID.
4. Select Edit, from the top right-corner.
5. Scroll all the way down and tap on “add emergency contact”.
6. Select the desired contact and mention your relationship.
Tip: The paired iPhone automatically logs all detected falls in the Health app. You can check your fall history by browsing Health -> Health Data -> Results!
Do you plan to use the Apple Watch Fall Detection feature? Let us know in the comment section available below!
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