Your Pixel Watch can detect if you fall now

Starting today, your Pixel Watch can now make the most of its sensors and detect when you have fallen.

Now the feature is supposed to be in your Safety app, but I couldn't find any settings in it (maybe it needs a firmware update or an app update I haven't gotten yet).

How does it work?

  • Starting today, Pixel Watch users may see a promotional card on the “Updates” page on their Watch Companion App or in the Personal Safety app, where they can toggle on fall detection.
  • When a hard fall is detected and about 30 seconds passes with no movement, your Pixel Watch will vibrate, sound an alarm, and display an on-screen notification to check if you need help. 
  • If you’re able to, either tap ‘I’m OK’ on your watch face to dismiss the notification or tap ‘I fell & need help’ to be connected to emergency services right away. 
  • Otherwise, the alarm will continue for about a minute, getting louder in the final few seconds. If you still haven’t responded, your watch will automatically attempt to call emergency services and play an automated message that requests help to wherever you are. 
  • You can also speak to the emergency operator yourself, if possible, to let them know whether you need help or not.

This feature has been extensively tested to ensure your Pixel Watch knows the difference between taking a hard fall and performing a vigorous physical activity or even quickly recovering from a small stumble, so you don’t have to worry about burpees causing an accidental emergency call.