Whether you’re prone to occasionally take a tumble, or it’s something you’ve never really had to deal with, the latest Pixel Watch update adds a critical safety feature that every Pixel Watch owner should turn on. Actually, I’d go as far as saying that Google should enable the feature by default.
The new Fall Detection feature uses a combination of sensors in the Watch to detect when whoever is wearing it falls. The wearer then receives an alert on the Watch asking if they’re alright, and depending on the answer — or worst case scenario, non-answer — the watch will contact emergency services and get help.
Fall Detection isn’t only for those who are accident-prone, like an elderly family member, (pardon the cliché) but it’s for everyone. Ever used a ladder to change a light bulb? Go on frequent hikes alone? Or walks in general? All are situations where it’s easy to fall and get hurt. This feature on the Pixel Watch provides peace of mind, and there’s value in that.
Now that I’ve planted a seed of fear, you surely want to know how to turn the Pixel Watch’s new Fall Detection feature on, right? Good! Here’s what you need to know.
How to turn on Fall Detection on the Pixel Watch
What happens when you fall?
When the Pixel Watch detects a hard fall, it presents an alert on the Watch asking if you fell and if you’re alright. You have 30 seconds to answer the prompt, after which it’ll begin playing an alarm sound and vibrating and ask if you need help. If no movement is detected or you fail to answer the prompt within 60 seconds, your Watch will call emergency services and play an automated voice message letting the first responder know where you’re at and that a fall was detected.
What do I do if there’s a false alarm?
The best thing you can do if your Pixel Watch detects a fall when you’re perfectly fine is to dismiss the prompt as soon as possible. Google says it’s tested the Watch’s algorithms in many different scenarios — such as during an intense workout or while skiing — and that it shouldn’t be accidentally triggered. But it’s bound to happen.