Use the Detect fall feature on your Samsung smart watch

Galaxy Watch4 falling

If you have an elderly loved one that is a fall risk or an adventurous relative that loves dangerous activities like bungee jumping, you can get some peace of mind with your Samsung smart watch. Certain models have a special feature that will send out an SOS if it ever detects a hard fall. That way, you’ll be the first to know if your family or friend gets into trouble and needs your help.

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Turn on the Detect falls feature

Note: Keep an eye on your watch during high impact activities like sports, since this can sometimes register as a fall. Only watches with the latest software version can use fall detection.

The fall detection feature is not turned on by default on the watch; therefore, you’ll need to turn it on manually if you want to use it. It can only be enabled through the Galaxy Wearable app, so make sure the watch is connected first. 

  1. When you’re ready, open the Galaxy Wearable app.

  2. Next, tap Watch settings, and then tap Advanced or Advanced features.

  3. Tap SOS, and then tap Detect falls or When hard fall detected.

    When hard fall detected switched on in the Galaxy Wearable app
  4. Tap the switch at the top of the screen, and allow the permissions.

  5. Next, choose an emergency contact that will be sent the SOS alert in case of a fall. If you do not have any Emergency contacts added to your phone, you will be prompted to pick an existing contact or create a new one.

  6. If the watch ever detects a fall, it will send an SOS to the contacts you chose.

What happens when a fall occurs?

Note:  Only watches with the latest software version can use fall detection.

After a fall, your watch will alert you for 60 seconds with a popup, sound, and vibration. You can cancel the alert or swipe to send the SOS right away. If you don’t respond for 60 seconds, SOS messages will be sent to the emergency contacts you set in the Galaxy Wearable app.

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