Apple Watch is one of the best smartwatches you can buy right now. First debuted back in 2015, Apple Watch gained its trust among users and experts worldwide. The original Apple Watch was one of the best-selling smartwatches in 2015, which paved the way for future models.
At their 2018 September event, Apple announced the 4th generation Apple Watch after months of endless rumors and leaks. The new Apple Watch marks a huge upgrade over its predecessors, with a bigger screen, new hardware, and new health features. One such feature is fall detection.
In reality, the Apple Watch Series 4 can detect a fall to a great level of accuracy, not an easy feat in itself. To determine when a fall occurs, Apple has integrated a new accelerometer and gyroscope into the watch to help analyze risk trajectory and impact acceleration. After detecting a fall, your Watch delivers an alert from which you can get immediate help.
Another new feature lies in the ability to take an electrocardiogram (ECG). From now on, you can get a detailed picture of your heart rhythm directly on your wrist. However, the ECG app was not ready until the release of watchOS 5.1.3 software update.
In this guide, we will walk you through the steps on how to enable fall detection on your Apple Watch Series 4. Note that the feature is exclusive to the fourth generation Apple Watch. Make sure you now have the latest software update on your Apple Watch.
How to turn on Fall Detection on your Apple Watch Series 4
Before we begin, enabling Fall Detection requires an iPhone with the Watch app installed. You simply need to head over to the App Store and install the app. Once you install it on your iPhone, it will automatically be pushed to your Watch if you have automated installation setup.
Step one: Open the Watch app on your iPhone (make sure you have your Watch paired to your iPhone) and then select Emergency SOS from the list of options
Step two: Once you are in, turn on the switch for Fall Detection. Note that the Apple Watch 4 cannot detect all falls. When a fall occurs, your watch will ask if you are OK. If you don’t respond, then it automatically calls emergency services.
If you want to manually make an emergency call on your Series 4, move the slider from left to right, then hit the Phone icon and click Yes to confirm.
If Fall Detection is not working on your Watch, then make sure you have already turned on wrist detection. To do this, open Settings > Passcode and turn on the switch for Wrist Detection.
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