Use the Detect fall feature on your Samsung smart watch

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Whether you're adventurous and accident-prone or just cautious and safety-conscious, you can get some peace of mind with a Samsung Galaxy watch. The Galaxy Watch Active2, Galaxy Watch3, and all Wear OS models include a hard fall detection feature that will send out an SOS if it ever detects a hard fall. With this setting enabled, your emergency contacts can be notified immediately if you fall and need a little 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 Safety and emergency.

  3. Tap the switch next to Hard fall detection. If you don't have any emergency contacts listed, you will need to add them for this feature to work.

  4. To select what to do when a fall is detected, tap Hard fall detection. Tap the switch next to Share info with emergency contacts if you want your watch to automatically text your loved ones your location information after a fall. You can also select an emergency call option if you would like.

Adjust when your watch can detect falls

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

You can change the sensitivity of your watch's fall detection feature by choosing when you want it to detect falls. You can set it to Always, During physical activity, or Only during workouts.

    1. Open the Galaxy Wearable app, and then tap Safety and emergency.

    2. Tap Hard fall detection, and then tap When to detect falls.

    3. Select either Always, During physical activity, or Only during workouts.

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