This first time it happened I was surprised and begin to wonder why my iWatch thought I had fallen! The text message was clear it said, “it looks like you have fallen, are you ok”! When I looked at my watch I had two options, either tap NO, I AM NOT OKAY and let my watch contact EMS, or tap YES, I’M OKAY and the message disabled itself! WOW! A whole new take on “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!”
If your Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Series 9, or Apple Watch SE (2nd Generation) detects a severe car crash, it can help connect you to emergency services and notify your emergency contacts.
When your Apple Watch detects a severe car crash, it will display an alert and automatically initiate an emergency phone call after 20 seconds unless you cancel. If you are unresponsive, it will play an audio message for emergency services, which informs them that you’ve been in a severe car crash and gives them your latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates with an approximate search radius.
To call emergency services, your Apple Watch or nearby iPhone needs a cellular connection, or it needs to have Wi-Fi calling turned on and Wi-Fi coverage available.
If cellular and Wi-Fi coverage are not available, and your iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro or later is near your Apple Watch, Crash Detection notifications to emergency services may be communicated by the Emergency SOS via satellite system, where Emergency SOS via satellite is available.
(See the Apple Support article Use Emergency SOS via satellite on your iPhone.)
Note: When a severe car crash is detected, Crash Detection won’t override any existing emergency calls placed by other means.
Turn Crash Detection on or off
Crash Detection is on by default. You can turn off alerts and automatic emergency calls from Apple after a severe car crash by following these steps:
Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.
Go to SOS > Crash Detection, then turn off Call After Severe Crash.
For more information, see the Apple Support article Use Crash Detection on iPhone or Apple Watch to call for help in an accident.
Note: Apple Watch cannot detect all car crashes.