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How to set up emergency and fall detection SOS on your Apple Watch

Counting steps is good and well, but the Apple Watch offers a number of important emergency and health-related functions that can keep you alive and that are worth using.

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The Emergency SOS function is designed to let people know that you are in trouble and what your location is, so that someone can help you. With & # 39; Display when locked & # 39; Major medical conditions can be seen on your home screen even if your phone is locked. You can also set emergency contacts and order the phone to detect falls.

Show Show Locked set

"Show When Locked" can be important if you have a chronic condition such as diabetes or an allergy that can cause a health crisis; it means that if you need help, the information is available to someone without unlocking your phone. On your Apple Watch, the information is available through a slider that appears when you hold down the side button.

  • Find and open the Health app on your iPhone.
  • Tap the person icon in the upper right corner of the Summary screen.
  • Tap the & # 39; Medical Details & # 39; section of the profile screen on & # 39; Medical ID & # 39 ;. If this is the first time you are using the app, you will see that most of the page has been taken with a form with places for information about allergies, medicines, blood type, etc. If you have already used the app, you will see only the information that you have already entered; in that case, tap & # 39; Edit & # 39; in the top right corner of the screen to view the full page.
  • At the top of this screen (with the label & # 39; Medical ID & # 39;) you activate & # 39; Show When Locked & # 39 ;.

Set up an emergency contact

Setting your watch to call a specific person when there is an emergency is a bit complicated, but it's worth it.

  • On the same page with medical ID & # 39; s, scroll to the bottom of the screen to view the & # 39; Emergency contacts & # 39; and tap & # 39; Add emergency contact & # 39 ;. You get a list of your contacts.
  • Select the contacts who receive a message with your location to inform them that you have called emergency services. Tap & # 39; Done & # 39; and then on & # 39; Back & # 39; and then on & # 39; Done & # 39; to return to the overview page of the Health app.

Help with calling

If you want to take advantage of the Emergency SOS function on your Apple Watch, you must first switch this function to the Watch app on your phone:

  • Select the Emergency SOS screen.
  • Switch on the "hold side button" button.

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To initiate an SOS emergency call on your watch, press and hold the side button until the emergency SOS slider appears (you will also see the "Disable" and "Medical ID" sliders). Drag the slider or keep the side button pressed; emergency services are called, followed by a notification to people in your emergency contact list. If you have activated the feature by mistake, you can tap a few times to cancel the call and notifications.


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This is not bulletproof. If your watch does not have a mobile service, your phone must be nearby or your watch must be connected to a known Wi-Fi network with Apple's Apple Calling feature. (You can set up Wi-Fi calling with your iPhone's Settings app and go to & # 39; Phone & # 39; Phone & # 39; Call via Wi-Fi & # 39; and then & # 39; Call via Wi-Fi Turn on Fi on this iPhone & # 39; and add & # 39; Wi-Fi calling for & # 39; Other devices. ")

Please note that if you travel (or live outside the United States), the service may work differently. You may need to select which service you need; for example police, fire brigade or ambulance. If you have the fifth edition of the Watch together with a mobile service, you can call local help in most countries (There are exceptions), but the watch will not inform your emergency contacts.

Fall detection

Your watch can also detect serious falls. If it thinks you have taken a tumbler and cannot move, the watch will send a warning to ask if everything is fine. If you do not respond, the watch taps your wrist, sends an alarm, and then calls the emergency services. You can switch this function in the Watch app of your phone:

  • Select the Emergency SOS screen (see above).
  • Switch on "Fall detection". You will receive a warning that if you are physically active, you are more likely to accidentally activate fall detection. Tap & # 39; Confirm & # 39 ;.

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