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How to disable Crash Detection on iPhone

Some iPhone features are worth disabling, while others are designed to potentially save your life.

iphone 14 crash detection feature on iphone
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Crash Detection is a potentially life-saving safety feature for the iPhone and Apple Watch.

If your device thinks you were in a severe car accident, you will receive a message allowing you to call emergency services quickly.

If your iPhone or Apple Watch doesn’t get a response within 20 seconds, it will automatically alert emergency services of your location.

While this new feature has the potential to save your life, it can also be prone to false alarms.

For activities that cause abrupt stops, such as riding a rollercoaster, you may want to disable this feature to prevent accidentally triggering Crash Detection.

How to turn off Crash Detection

Crash Detection is available on all iPhone 14 models, Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE 2nd gen, and the Apple Watch Ultra. This feature is on by default but is quickly disabled with a few quick taps.

Turn off Crash Detection on the iPhone

Before you proceed, remember that disabling this feature will prevent the automatic calling of emergency services in the event of a car crash.

  1. Open the Settings appiPhone with arrow pointing to settings

  2. Scroll down to Emergency SOS
    iPhone arrow pointing to emergency SOS

  3. Toggle off Call After Severe CrashiPhone arrow pointing to turn off crash call

Disabling the setting on your iPhone will also disable the feature on the Apple Watch.

Turn off Crash Detection on Apple Watch

If you are going somewhere and decide to leave your iPhone behind, you may want to disable Crash Detection only for your Apple Watch.

  1. Open the Watch app
iPhone arrow pointing to Watch App
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  1. Scroll down and select SOS
iPhone arrow pointing to emergency sos tab
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  1. Scroll down and select Crash Detection
iPhone arrow pointing to  call after serious crash tab
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  1. Toggle off Call after Severe Crash
iPhone arrow pointing to turn off tab
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These steps will only disable Crash Detection for the Apple Watch. If you need to turn the feature off on the iPhone, please follow the steps listed above.

Proceed with caution

Some iPhone features are worth disabling, while others are designed to potentially save your life. You can disable the Crash Detection feature, but you should do so with caution.

If you decide to turn it off temporarily, always remember to enable it after you finish the activity that could have accidentally set it off.

Apple has said that this feature will become better over time. As Apple collects more data from actual accidents and false alarms, it will be able to make this feature more reliable.

Until then, you may want to disable Crash Detection before getting on a rollercoaster.

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