The Apple Watch has a myriad of health features that make it the best wearable for health-conscious consumers, particularly those who have invested in Apple's ecosystem. It's by far considered as the best among many smartwatches available in the market for a variety of reasons.

One of the major health features the latest Apple Watch models have is called “Fall Detection.” This feature will keep watch if the user takes a hard fall and is unable to get up within a period of time. If the wearer is unable to get up, the Fall Detection feature will then contact emergency services to inform them that the wearer is in an emergency and needs medical attention.

This feature, Apple Insider noted, has been credited with informing emergency services about an unconscious driver who was involved in a dangerous collision. This certain driver reportedly got in a collision accident and “had been knocked unconscious,” a tweet from the responding Surrey Police revealed. This person wouldn't have been rescued if it weren't for the Apple Watch.

Since then, Surrey Police have advised Apple Watch owners to set up the Fall Detection feature on their wearables. They also advise Apple Watch owners to set up their medical ID so that emergency services will be able to identify them and be warned of their existing medical conditions.

How to enable Fall Detection

Fall Detection is a feature found in Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 models, regardless of casing material. The feature is automatically offered to be enabled during the setup process for users aged 65 and beyond. It is disabled by default for users under the age of 65, but it can be enabled to work for users of all ages. Here's how:

  • First, open the Watch app on the iPhone linked to the user's Apple Watch,
  • Second, select the My Watch tab.
  • Last, tap on Emergency SOS, and tap on the toggle next to Fall Detection.

Once the feature is active, it will detect if Series 4 or Series 5 users fall hard and ask them if they want to send an emergency SOS or not. If the user doesn't respond within a minute, the device will automatically send alerts to stored emergency contacts along with the user's location.

Apple Watch - Hard Fall Feature The Apple Watch displaying its Hard Fall feature. Photo: Apple