Stay safe with Watch

Keep a watch­ful eye on your health and safety with Ap­ple’s wear­able

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Matt Bolton

Hav­ing a com­puter strapped to your body at all times isn’t just use­ful for mak­ing sure you don’t miss alerts and easily set­ting timers when you’re cook­ing. The Watch can re­ally come through for you if there’s an emer­gency.

The Emer­gency SOS fea­ture is built in to watchOS, and we’ll show you how easy it is to trig­ger a call to the emer­gency ser­vices when you need them. For most Watch mod­els, your phone will need to be within range of your Watch, be­cause your phone is what ac­tu­ally makes the call — how­ever, you don’t need to ac­tu­ally touch your phone. If you have a Watch Se­ries 3 with 4G built in, you don’t need your phone nearby, be­cause the Watch can make the emer­gency call di­rectly, even if you don’t ac­tu­ally have a call plan for it.

That’s not the only way the Watch could help you in an emer­gency, though. If you set up some es­sen­tial med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion in the Health app, emer­gency work­ers can ac­cess it from your Watch, which could be vi­tal if you’re un­con­scious. You can en­ter your al­ler­gies, blood type, med­i­ca­tions, and more. We’ll also show you how to set those de­tails.

Of course, apart from be­ing a com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vice, the Watch is also a health mon­i­tor, so it may be able to help keep you healthy in more di­rect ways. Its heart rate mon­i­tor can keep a con­stant eye on your ticker (if you have a Watch Se­ries 1 or later, it can keep track of your heart rate dur­ing rest or walk­ing pas­sively; on the first-gen­er­a­tion Watch, it tracks your heart rate dur­ing a Work­out, or when you open the Heart Rate app).

The heart rate mon­i­tor is ac­cu­rate enough to po­ten­tially de­tect heart con­di­tions, though it won’t do that on its own! What it will do is warn you if things look iffy. You can set Watch to warn you if your heart rate is creep­ing wor­ry­ingly high even though you’re not ex­ert­ing your­self. There are cases where peo­ple have used th­ese warn­ings as a prompt to see their doc­tors, and been di­ag­nosed with heart con­di­tions as a re­sult. Your Ap­ple Watch re­ally could save your life!

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