August 13, 2022
How to Enable Fall Detection on Apple Watch


Fall detection is an important Apple Watch feature that has already saved many lives. It detects when you’ve fallen, and if you’re motionless for even a minute after a fall, it will automatically contact emergency services. Fall detection isn’t enabled by default though, so we’re going to show you how to make the most of it.

Does my Apple Watch support fall detection?

Fall detection works on Apple Watch Series 4 or newer Apple Watch models. Including Apple Watch Series 5, Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 6.

How to set up fall detection on Apple Watch

If you have one of the Apple Watch models mentioned above, let’s get started with setting up fall detection.

  1. Go to the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. head for my watch tab.
  3. tap emergency sos,
  4. enable fall detection,

While this will enable fall detection, you need to set up your Medical ID to make sure your Apple Watch can contact emergency services. This is where you can also add people close to you as your emergency contacts, and these people will receive a text saying that you have called emergency services with your location at the time of calling. follow these steps.

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Health > Medical ID,
  2. tap now create medical id,
  3. tap add emergency contact And select the contacts you want to ping in case of emergency.

With that said, there’s just one more step involved in making sure your Apple Watch can contact emergency services. follow these steps.

  1. On your Apple Watch, go to Settings > Passcode,
  2. Now you need to enable wrist detection, If it is already enabled, there is no need to change anything.

These steps will enable fall detection on your Apple Watch.

What happens when fall detection is triggered

Fall detection will be turned on on your Apple Watch after a hard fall. If you don’t move for a minute after you fall, the clock will start a 30-second countdown. The Apple Watch also alerts you that it has detected a fall and that you have a choice. During these 30 seconds, the watch will let you tap on the wrist and sound an alarm, which also keeps increasing in volume. The purpose of the vibration is to make sure you are unable to react, and the alarm tries to let those around you know that you need help.

Once the countdown is over, the Apple Watch will contact emergency services and alert your emergency contacts.

Once a call is made, the watch will play an audio message notifying emergency services about your fall along with the coordinates of your location.

Where to check if fall detection is on

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 health app Go to More on your iPhone health data tab. Now you can tap Result To see the history of its downfall.

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