How to enable and use fall detection on the Galaxy Watch 5

Drop detection is a vital feature available on some Samsung smartwatches, including the Galaxy Watch 5, but it’s disabled by default.


Among the safety devices available on the Galaxy Watch 5 is drop detection, but Samsung doesn’t enable it immediately, so here’s how to enable it. There are several reasons why people buy a smartwatch. For some, it’s tracking their physical activity, like daily steps, workouts, and calories burned during exercise. Some choose a smartwatch to keep tabs on important health metrics like heart rate, blood oxygen level, and blood pressure, to name a few.

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Samsung’s fall detection feature is not limited to the Galaxy Watch 5. It is also available on the Galaxy Watch 4 series, Galaxy Watch 3, and Galaxy Watch Active 2. Additionally, Apple offers fall detection on its watches, including the new Apple Watch Ultra, Series 8 and Watch SE 2nd generation. This rescue function notifies the emergency contact when the watch detects that the user has fallen.

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Samsung doesn’t say why drop detection is disabled by default. Nevertheless, turning it on is easy. Users can activate it from the Galaxy Wearable app or on their wrist. Users may prefer the former as it is easier as the screen of the phone is larger and easier to see compared to the Galaxy Watch 5. To enable fall detection on the Galaxy Wearable app, enable Bluetooth on both the phone and the watch, and confirm that both devices have been paired successfully. Next, launch the Galaxy Wearable app and select “Watch settings”. Next, scroll down and tap “Security and Emergency”. Finally, toggle the toggle in front of “Hard drop detection”.


Users can customize fall detection

An easier way is to launch the Galaxy Wearable app and tap the search icon on the right. First, search for “SOS” and tap on the first result. It should open the menu where users can enable fall detection. To enable “fall detection” on the watch, swipe down from the top of the screen to open the Quick Settings menu. Tap the gear icon to open “Watch settings” and scroll down to “Security and emergency”. Tap it and select “Hard drop detection”. Activate the toggle. It should open “Security and Emergency” where the “Hard Fall Detection” toggle is. Samsung lets users choose when the Galaxy Watch 5 should detect drops.

Users can choose to have fall detection always on, during physical activity, or only during workouts. Fall detection also requires one or more emergency contacts to be selected. This contact will be notified when the watch registers a fall. Choosing an emergency contact can be done in the Galaxy Wearable app. Follow the steps above to access “Security and Emergency” on the app. Tap “Send messages to” and add the contact to whom the watch should send a message in case of emergency. Users can add multiple people. The SOS message sent to an emergency contact will include the user’s location.

There is also the possibility to make an SOS call in case of emergency. However, unlike SOS messages, users can only choose one contact, and that person is listed in the list of people to contact via messages. Fall detection on the Galaxy Watch 5 is a valuable feature and can be useful, especially for older users who are more prone to falls. Users who frequently train outdoors may also want to turn it on.

Source: Samsung

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