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What does an Apple Series 4 Watch require to have Fall Detection + Emergency 911 calling fully operational?

Does the watch need to be paired with a certain iPhone Model/iOS release? Does the watch need GPS+Cellular or is the GPS model alone capable and under what conditions? Does anything need to be manually configured/enabled on the watch?

I have an elderly friend who's interested in this product and it would be useful to know the minimum requirements to get this operational for them.

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What does an Apple Series 4 Watch require to have Fall Detection + Emergency 911 calling fully operational? Does the watch need to be paired with a certain iPhone Model/iOS release?

You only need to meet the minimum iPhone and iOS requirements.*

  • GPS + Cellular: iPhone 6 or later running iOS 12 or newer

  • GPS only: iPhone 5s or later running iOS 12 or newer.

Obviously, either model will support fall detection. However, for fall detection to work with the GPS only model, you will need to have your iPhone with you whereas the cellular model, you don't.

Does anything need to be manually configured/enabled on the watch?

Yes. You need to configure both Emergency SOS and your Medical ID information. Full details on how/what is involved can be obtained from this Apple Support document, https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208944


*Apple Watch Technical Specifications

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