Fall Detection is a crucial Apple Watch feature that has already saved many lives. It detects when you've had a hard fall, and if you are immobile for a minute after the fall, it'll automatically contact emergency services. Fall Detection is not enabled by default though, so we're going to show you how to make the most of this.
If you have one of the Apple Watch models mentioned above, let's start setting up Fall Detection.
While this will enable Fall Detection, you need to set up your Medical ID to make sure that your Apple Watch can contact emergency services. This is where you can add people close to you as your emergency contacts as well, and these people will receive a text stating that you've called emergency services along with your location at the time of making the call. Follow these steps.
With that done, there's just one more step involved in making sure that your Apple Watch can contact emergency services. Follow these steps.
These steps will enable Fall Detection on your Apple Watch.
Fall Detection will be triggered on your Apple Watch after a hard fall. If you don't move for a minute after the fall, the watch will start a 30-second countdown. Apple Watch also alerts you that it has detected a fall and you have an option. During these 30 seconds, the watch will tap you on the wrist and sound an alarm, which keeps increasing in volume, as well. The intention of the vibration is to make sure that you are unable to respond, and the alarm tries to let people near you know that you need help.
Once the countdown is over, the Apple Watch will contact emergency services and alert your emergency contacts.
Once the call goes through, the watch will play an audio message that informs the emergency services about your fall along with your location coordinates.
Apple's Health app logs all instances of hard falls, so if you want to check when Fall Detection was activated, you can go to the Health app on your iPhone and head over to the Health Data tab. Now you can tap Results to see your fall history.
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