I am very happy I bought my Apple Watch for my birthday especially with my recent falls. Apple Watch here I come. The fall detection was one of the main features that made me decide to purchase the watch, although I love it for many other reasons. So I’ve had a few falls now and not once did my watch register the fall.
The first fall that happened was right before my watch tutorial with Apple support. When nothing happened I was able to ask the support team. We verified I had the settings correct, which I did. They said that the fall might not have been hard enough. I thought it was possible since that fall wasn’t a bad fall and kind of let it go. My next fall was more of a slide not a fall so again nothing registered. My fall this weekend was a big slam down fall Oops I did it again and once again the watch showed nothing. Not a very good sign when it was a main feature you purchased the watch for. Especially when a friend is telling you her detection went off when she was banging on a jar.
The thought of calling Apple Support to figure out what is wrong was not an activity I was looking forward to. I knew the settings were correct because we went over that in the tutorial. So something was wrong with my watch. Great!!!
Before I called I had a thought. I set the watch to wheelchair because I’m usually in my chair. Could that be possibly why it isn’t detecting a fall? Makes sense, people in wheelchairs don’t normally fall out of the chair unless you are like me and still hobble around. I do still use my walker some and I do get out of the chair. Could this be the issue. So I tested it. I turned off wheelchair under the health icon and banged my wrist with the watch to simulate a fall. Sure enough I got the fall detection message asking if I fell.
That was it. You cannot have wheelchair settings on for the fall detection to work. ￼ Easy Peasy watch fixed, lesson learned. No big deal because wheelchair setting only effected the activity app for rolling every hour instead of standing. Since I have an electric wheelchair I was faking the rolling with hand motions. Now I’m faking walking with the hand motions.