How to enable the car crash detection feature on Google Pixel phone

Google's Car Crash Detection Feature

Google introduced its car crash detection feature back in 2019, but initially, it was limited to users in the United States. However, the latest update brings welcome news for users in India, Austria, Belgium, Portugal, and Switzerland as Google has expanded the availability of this life-saving feature to these regions. Do you know Why there is no OIS in Google Pixel Smartphones?

Google’s Car Crash Detection Feature

This essential safety feature is integrated into specific Pixel phone models and is designed to provide initial assistance in the event of a car crash. To activate it, your phone must have granted permissions for location, physical activity, and microphone access, and you should also have a functioning SIM card. The feature relies on the phone’s accelerometer, location data, and microphones to detect car crashes. While it supports 11 languages, it’s important to note that it currently doesn’t offer support for Hindi.

If a crash is detected, your Pixel phone will automatically dial local emergency services, such as 112 in India, and initiate an emergency call. After the call, a prompt will appear asking if you’re okay. You have a 60-second window to cancel this prompt if it’s a false alarm. If you proceed with the emergency call, you can specify the type of assistance needed, whether it’s medical, fire, or police.

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However, it’s crucial to keep in mind that with this feature active, even if your phone is locked during a crash, others can access your lock screen message and emergency details. This can be disabled in the Personal Safety app. Also, remember that making false emergency calls is often illegal in many countries, so be sure to cancel them within the 60-second window if it’s a false alarm.

Compatibility of Google’s Car Crash Detection Feature with Pixel Phones

For users in India, this safety feature is exclusively compatible with Pixel 4a, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel 8, and Pixel 8 Pro. Internationally, this feature is available on the Pixel 4a and all succeeding models, which also encompasses the Pixel Fold.

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How to enable the car crash detection feature on your Pixel phone

  1. Access the Personal Safety App: Find and open the Personal Safety app on your Pixel phone, labeled as “Safety” in your app drawer. You can quickly locate it using the Google search or the app drawer search bar.
  2. Go to Settings: After entering the Personal Safety app, locate the cogwheel icon positioned at the top left corner of the screen. To access the settings screen, tap on this icon.
  3. Enable Car Crash Detection: Within the settings, locate the “Car crash detection” option and toggle the switch to enable this feature.
  4. Test the Feature (Optional): After enabling car crash detection, you can practice by activating a demo. When you activate this feature, your phone will ring and vibrate. Swipe left to reveal options for dialing 911 or your local emergency number, such as 999. Additionally, you can specify whether there was no crash or if it was a minor one.


Enabling car crash detection on your Pixel phone is a straightforward process and provides an additional layer of safety during your journeys. Ensure that your phone has the necessary permissions and a working SIM card for this feature to function effectively.

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