How to set up and use the Personal Safety app on Google Pixel phones

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The Personal Safety app is one of those features you never want to use, but should definitely have it set up. Personal Safety is exclusive to Pixel phones, and it could literally save your life in the case of an emergency. The application can store emergency information such as your name, medical information, emergency contacts, and more. It can also help you get in touch with emergency services, too. Another really cool feature is car crash detection.

With that in mind, we can’t stress enough how important it is to get it up and running if you have a compatible phone. We’re here to help you through the process and show you how to set up and use the Personal Safety app on Google Pixel phones. Let’s jump right into it.

Which phones can use the Personal Safety app?

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As mentioned in the intro, the Personal Safety application is exclusive to Google Pixel devices. Not all Pixel phones can use the app to its full potential, though. The app will be automatically downloaded on Pixel 4 or newer devices, but it’s not exclusive to those handsets.

On the Pixel 3a or earlier, you can only add emergency contacts and list medical information. By the way, this works even if you haven’t installed the app, and you can do it through your Google Account. If you decide to install the app, you can use Emergency SOS, emergency sharing, safety check, crisis alerts, and car crash detection. By the way, car crash detection only works on Pixel 3 or newer phones. Some of these features also require Android 13.

Car crash detection requirements

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Car crash detection is more exclusive than other Personal Safety app features. For starters, it’s only available on Pixel 3 devices or newer (such as the Pixel 7). It’s also limited to a selection of languages and regions. Here they are.

Supported languages:

  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • French (Canada)
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Norwegian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

Supported regions:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Norway
  • The Netherlands
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • The UK
  • The US

How to set up the Personal Safety app

First, you’ll want Google to…