What it is: The Apple Watch offers an emergency SOS feature, but you can customize or turn it off completely.
In the old days if someone fell, they had to crawl to a phone to call for help. Nowadays, most people have a smartphone but if they put that smartphone in the kitchen and they fall in the bedroom, that smartphone isn’t going to help them call for assistance. That’s what makes the Apple Watch unique. As a wearable computer, you just have to remember to put it on each day and throughout the day, you’ll be able to call for help using the emergency SOS feature.
If you have an Apple Watch, learn how to use this emergency SOS feature. After all, having this feature own’t do you any good if you don’t know how to use it. Once you learn how to use it, you may want to customize it to call specific people in an emergency.
However, triggering this emergency SOS feature can be too easy, which means you may trigger it by mistake. That’s why Apple gives you the option to turn off this feature altogether (generally not a wise move). So if you find yourself triggering the emergency SOS feature too often by mistake, first consider customizing who it contacts. Second, consider turning it off altogether, but remember that it’s far better to learn how not to trigger it by mistake than to need it one day and find it’s turned off.
The real key to the Apple Watch is real-time health monitoring and the emergency SOS feature is just another way to call for help when you need it. Most people will likely never need it but for those who do need it, this simple feature could literally save your life.