How to enable fall detection on your Apple Watch

The Apple Watch has a fall detection feature which is not enabled by default. This feature is enabled by default only for users over 55 years old. In this tutorial, we show you how to activate fall detection on your Apple Watch.

The fall detection feature has been available since 2018 and was announced with the Apple Watch Series 4, and was initially enabled by default for people over 65. Recently, Apple changed this criterion, now the function is active by default for users aged 55 and over.

But why should you activate the fall detection function? Apple offers a number of SOS features to make everyday life less worrying, but of course that’s not a guarantee. However, if you choose to use fall detection, thanks to the built-in sensors, your Apple Watch will register sudden movements, such as falls, that occur while you are moving.

If a fall is recorded, an alert will be sent to your connected watch. If it’s a false positive or you’re fine, just tap the “I’m OK” button and the action ends. However, if you do not respond to the alert, the Apple Watch will make an emergency call which may take up to a minute. After that, a message to your emergency contacts will be sent automatically.

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How to enable fall detection on your Apple Watch

There are two ways to activate the fall detection feature on your Apple Watch. You can do this via your iPhone or your watch. Either way, the process is quite simple.

Follow the next steps to enable fall detection through your iPhone

  1. Open theApple Watch app on your iPhone
  2. Press on My watch
  3. Click on Emergency SOS
  4. Activate the option Fall detection

Follow the next steps to enable fall detection from your Apple Watch

  1. On your Apple Watch, open the Settings
  2. Press on S.O.S.
  3. Activate the option Fall detection

Once fall detection is enabled, the feature will default to “Always On”. However, you will be able to choose to keep it active only “During physical activities”, the difference here is that if you choose the latter option, according to Apple, it “reduces false fall detections”.

And There you go! Now, if you suffer a serious fall, the fall detection function can help you by alerting the rescuers.

So do you keep the fall detection feature active? Have you ever had to use it? What other features of your Apple Watch do you use the most?


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