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Just like on the new Apple Watch models you can find on the iPhone 14 Plus and the iPhone 14 Pro (Max) Apple's so-called accident detection. The function presented as Crash Detection uses acceleration sensors, the microphone and similar indicators to detect car accidents and automatically start an emergency call. Anyone who does not need the feature, for example because they are not driving a car, can also deactivate accident detection on the iPhone 14 models. I have summarized below how you can turn off and turn on crash detection and what else is interesting to know about it.
Instructions: Activate or deactivate accident detection on the iPhone
By default, Crash Detection is enabled on iOS on iPhone 14 or later. So if you want to be able to use the function in an emergency, you don't have to do anything. However, if you are not traveling by car and therefore do not need the accident detection feature as a smartphone feature, you can deactivate it and then reactivate it before a single car trip. And this is how you do it:
- Opens the Settings on your Apple iPhone
- Tap on the dot in the list of settings Emergency SOS or Emergency SOS
- Now disables the "Call after a serious accident" feature
Accident detection redirection via Apple Watch
Do you want to turn off accident detection on the iPhone, but use one at the same time? Apple Watch Series 8, a Apple Watch SE2 or apple watch ultra, then it may be that accident detection is still switched on. When driving a car, the crash is also recognized via the smartwatch. However, the emergency call is made via the iPhone (as long as both devices are paired and can therefore interact). If you also want to disable accident detection on the Apple Watch, take a look here: Apple Watch Accident Detection - Enable and Disable in Settings.
What is the accident detection on the Apple iPhone 14 (Pro)?
In the four new iPhone models from Apple that come with iOS 16 are delivered, a revised gyro sensor and a high-g acceleration sensor for forces of up to 256 G are used. In combination with the car crash noise detection of the microphone and other components, the Apple smartphone can now detect a crash while driving. A countdown is then started, after which the emergency call is made and the emergency contacts are informed. This process can be aborted within the elapsing 20 seconds if no emergency care is required.
"If you're unresponsive, iPhone plays an audio message for emergency services, letting them know you've been in a serious car accident and including your location's latitude and longitude coordinates with an approximate search radius", says the official Guide on the subject. If you are not responsive, in too much shock or even unconscious, emergency services can still set off and take the necessary measures as quickly as possible. This is especially important for survival when you are traveling in remote areas where there are hardly any other people around.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.
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