Turning Incident Detection On and Off


Incident detection is a supplemental feature available only for certain outdoor activities. Incident detection should not be relied on as a primary method to obtain emergency assistance. The Garmin Connect™ app does not contact emergency services on your behalf.

  1. From the watch face, hold Menu symbol.
  2. Select Settings > Safety & Tracking > Incident Detection.
  3. Select a GPS activity.
    NOTE: Incident detection is available only for certain outdoor activities.

When an incident is detected by your Forerunner® watch and your phone is connected, the Garmin Connect app can send an automated text message and email with your name and GPS location (if available) to your emergency contacts. A message appears on your device and paired phone indicating your contacts will be informed after 15 seconds have elapsed. If assistance is not needed, you can cancel the automated emergency message.

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