Questions about the OnStar Guardian® app?

See videos and the most frequently asked questions about the app.

Questions about the OnStar Guardian® app?

See videos and the most frequently asked questions about the app.

 

We created the OnStar Guardian app* to give you and up to seven loved ones* the safety of OnStar on your phone, wherever you go. You’ll find all you need to know about it here — plus, keep scrolling to discover information about home safety with the OnStar Guardian skill for Amazon Alexa*.

Your OnStar Guardian app questions, answered.

What is the OnStar Guardian app?

The OnStar Guardian app* gives you and your family OnStar® safety services that go where you go — in any car, on a motorcycle, out for a walk or even in your home — all right on your phone.

What services are included with the OnStar Guardian app?

The Guardian app gives you OnStar safety services right on your smartphone, including:

  • Mobile Crash Response for any vehicle or motorcycle
  • Roadside Assistance* for any vehicle or motorcycle
  • Emergency Services, including 24/7 access to OnStar Emergency Advisors*
  • The OnStar Guardian skill for Amazon Alexa* — get help at home using your compatible Amazon Alexa–enabled smart speaker

The app also lets you invite up to seven loved ones to the "My Family" group*. Everyone gets the safety services within the app as well as Location Status,* which includes:

  • Viewing each other’s location on a live map
  • Real-time location updates
  • The ability to share your location
  • Cellphone battery life status

You want to protect your family. See how OnStar Guardian can help.

How does Mobile Crash Response work?

By using the sensors in your smartphone, including the accelerometer, the app can detect when you’re in a moving car or on a motorcycle. When a crash is detected on an Android device, the app can automatically connect you with an OnStar Emergency Advisor who can contact First Responders. When a crash is detected on an Apple® device, the app alerts an OnStar Emergency Advisor who will then call your smartphone, requiring someone to answer the call.

Enabling location permissions within the app allows an OnStar Advisor to identify your smartphone’s location and contact First Responders for help, even if you can't ask for it.

Watch to learn how Mobile Crash Response works for Apple users.

Watch to learn how Mobile Crash Response works for Android users.

Who is eligible for the OnStar Guardian app?

Anyone can download and use the OnStar Guardian app. You can download the app from the App Store®* or on Google Play*.

Where can I use the OnStar Guardian app?

Currently, the app services are available in the U.S. and Canada only on select Apple and Android devices. OnStar Guardian app service coverage is limited and may vary with conditions and location. Service availability, app features and functionality can also vary by device and software version.

How much does the OnStar Guardian app cost?

The Guardian app is included with the OnStar Safety & Security Plan*. It is also available to anyone who doesn’t own a GM vehicle for $15/month.* You can download from the App Store* or on Google Play*.

Is my account information secure?

We maintain reasonable and adequate technical, administrative, and physical security and confidentiality measures designed to help protect your information from unauthorized access or acquisition. In an active emergency situation, Emergency Advisors may share your information, pursuant to the OnStar Guardian App Privacy Statement. Your information will only be shared with emergency service providers — like law enforcement and Roadside Assistance and ambulance providers. Consult the OnStar Guardian App Privacy Statement for more information.

Can I use the same login information I use for the myChevrolet, myBuick, myGMC or myCadillac mobile app?

Yes. You can use your myChevrolet, myBuick, myGMC or myCadillac mobile app login.

If you have an existing GM Account, you can use your login for the Guardian app as well. You don’t need to create a new GM Account for the Guardian app.

How do I get the OnStar Guardian app?

Simply download the app from the App Store* or on Google Play*. Follow the on-screen prompts to set up your OnStar Guardian service. V4

Not sure how to get started? Watch this quick tutorial to help set up your account.

What smartphones are compatible with the OnStar Guardian app?

The app is currently compatible with select Apple and Android devices (Android 7.0+ and above and Apple iOS 14.0 and above as of March 2021).

Who do I contact if I have questions or issues with the OnStar Guardian app?

Call the GM Connection Center at 1.888.607.9774 if you have questions or need to report an issue with the Guardian app.

Can I cancel my OnStar Guardian app services?

You may cancel your OnStar Guardian services at any time. You can cancel in the app or by calling 1.888.466.7827. Members with a Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle can also push their blue OnStar button to speak to an Advisor. Deleting the app from your smartphone alone will not cancel your service.

Does the OnStar Guardian app replace my current OnStar Safety & Security Plan?

All Safety & Security Plan Members now get the Guardian app included in their plan. The OnStar Guardian app is in addition to and an extension of those OnStar safety services that can be shared with up to seven of your loved ones. You can also enjoy OnStar Guardian as a stand-alone service if you don’t currently have OnStar safety services in your vehicle.

Will the OnStar Guardian app work if I don’t have a cellular signal?

No. The Guardian app needs a cellular connection in order to connect with OnStar.

If you encounter an emergency requiring law enforcement, EMS, fire or other emergency services, always call 911 first.

Why does the OnStar Guardian app need access to my Microphone, Motion and Fitness, Location, and Notifications for Apple users and Location Services, Microphone, and Call Management for Android users?

 

The app provides a smartphone-based Mobile Crash Response service when a crash is detected. In order for an OnStar Emergency Advisor to properly assist, you will need to allow certain app and device permissions, including allowing access to the following features:

 

  • Location: These permissions must always be enabled because your smartphone’s location is used to determine when you begin driving and when a crash is detected. Location permissions allow an OnStar Advisor to identify your smartphone’s location and contact First Responders for help, even if you can't ask for it.

  • Microphone: Once a crash is detected and the app successfully calls an OnStar Advisor, the Microphone permissions allow you to speak to the Advisor, who can contact First Responders to get the help you need. The app is not using the microphone for any other purpose and is not “listening” at all times.

  • Motion and Fitness/Physical Activity: These permissions allow the Guardian app to utilize your smartphone's sensors to help detect a crash.

  • Notifications: These permissions allow you to receive important app alerts and updates (Apple only).

  • Call Management: These permissions allow you to answer an incoming call without the connected OnStar Guardian app call ending (Android only).

 

Background App Refresh: This will ensure that the app will run in the background to detect a drive and crash event.

What smartphone limitations, if any, should I know about when using the OnStar Guardian app?

Apple devices: There are no known limitations at this time.

Android devices: The Guardian app may not operate properly if the following modes are detected and enabled:
 

  • Power save

  • Background restrictions

  • Google Play settings error

  • Location settings error

  • Wi-Fi® scanning disabled

  • Battery optimization


This list is not exhaustive and other app or smartphone permissions or settings may impact app performance. Additionally, some Android-based smartphones may not be supported, including Google Pixel devices.

See the OnStar Guardian User Terms and Privacy Statement for limitations. Device permissions are required for the app to operate properly.

Can I use Siri® or Google Assistant to get help with the OnStar Guardian app?

You can request help 24/7 from an Emergency Advisor using simple voice commands. With Siri* or Google Assistant* enabled, you can call for help by saying:

 

  • “Hey Siri, call help using OnStar Guardian.”

  • “Hey Siri, call emergency using OnStar Guardian.”

  • “Hey Google, call help using OnStar Guardian.”

  • “Hey Google, call for help using OnStar Guardian.”

How can I review the User Terms and Privacy Statement?

The User Terms and Privacy Statement is available to view from the following places:
 

  • Within the Settings tab of the OnStar Guardian app* 

  • OnStar Guardian app page on App Store* and Google Play*

  • onstar.com

Does the OnStar Guardian app integrate with my vehicle?

No. It is a stand-alone app that you can use while traveling in any vehicle. You can connect your smartphone to your vehicle's speakers via Bluetooth®*, but it’s not required. Full Bluetooth feature functionality may vary depending on your device, model and software version.

What if I deleted the OnStar Guardian app from my smartphone?

If you uninstalled or deleted the app, no problem. You can just download the app again from the App Store* or on Google Play* and sign back in. If you need help, tap the “Need Help Signing In?” link. If you’re a Member with a Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle, you can also use your vehicle mobile app* or my GM Account login.

How is the Mobile Crash Response in the OnStar Guardian app different from OnStar Automatic Crash Response?

The OnStar Guardian app* uses sensors in your smartphone to determine if the smartphone is in a moving vehicle before it starts scanning to detect a crash. The OnStar Guardian app then alerts an OnStar Emergency Advisor*, who will call your phone and contact First Responders. Automatic Crash Response* is a service that’s embedded into your car, using built-in sensors to detect a crash and alert an Emergency Advisor. The in-vehicle Automatic Crash Response is available in any properly equipped GM vehicle, while the OnStar Guardian app extends this service to any car you drive, ride in or share.

Mobile Crash Response services are intended for use in vehicles and on motorcycles only and can connect to an Advisor automatically on Android devices only. Service availability, features and functionality may vary by device and software.

Is the OnStar Guardian app still working if I don't see a notification on the app?

Once you’re logged into the Guardian app, it will remain active and functional until you log out, even if you close the app or when it’s running in the background.

If you don't see notifications during your drive, you must enable notifications for the Guardian app in the system preferences on your device once the vehicle is parked.

If this action doesn’t resolve your concerns, please contact OnStar Technical Support at 1.888.607.9774. Please note that several device and app permissions are necessary for the Guardian app to properly function.

Is the OnStar Guardian app the same as the myChevrolet, myBuick, myGMC or myCadillac mobile app?

No. The OnStar Guardian app is focused on giving users access to OnStar safety services through your smartphone in any vehicle, on a motorcycle and virtually anywhere you or your loved ones go.”

When a crash is detected, who does the OnStar Guardian app alert?

The Guardian app is designed to use your smartphone’s sensors to detect a crash and alert an OnStar Emergency Advisor*. The Advisor will call your phone and contact First Responders and provide them with your location. For Android users, the app can automatically connect to an Advisor even if you can't reach your phone.

What do I do if I'm involved in a crash and the OnStar Guardian app isn't connecting to an OnStar Advisor?

If you have an emergency and have not been connected to an OnStar Emergency Advisor,* you should always call 911 directly. If you’re not sure how to proceed, you can connect to OnStar using the red Emergency button in the OnStar Guardian app.

If a crash is detected, should I still dial 911 if I am connected to OnStar via the OnStar Guardian app?

Dialing 911 while you’re connected to an OnStar Advisor via the Guardian app may result in two calls being placed to 911 at the same time. This could cause confusion or a delayed response.

How will I know that Mobile Crash Response has been activated if I’ve been involved in a crash?

When a crash is detected, you will receive an automatic OnStar Guardian app notification on your smartphone. For Android devices, the notification will read: Connecting to an OnStar Emergency Advisor. A crash has been detected. For Apple devices, the notification will read: Crash detected. OnStar Emergency has been alerted. Additionally, on Android devices, you will hear an audible prompt notifying you that you are being automatically connected to an OnStar Emergency Advisor. On Apple devices, you will receive a call from the OnStar Advisor that you must answer.

What can Roadside Assistance help me with?

With Roadside Assistance*, you and up to seven people in your “My Family” group* can get help for any vehicle – including motorcycles. Services include assistance when you need a jump-start, have a flat tire, are locked out or run out of gas. You can also request a tow if needed. Towing services can be used four times per year then additional charges apply.

Watch to learn more about Roadside Assistance.

Can I use Roadside Assistance in any vehicle?

Yes. If you are an OnStar Member, you and any “My Family” member* can get help using the Guardian app in any vehicle in which you are traveling — including on motorcycles.

If a member of “My Family” does not have the app, can they still get Roadside Assistance?

No. Members of “My Family”* must have the app on their smartphone in order to get Roadside Assistance.*

How is this Roadside Assistance different than the coverage provided through OnStar in my GM vehicle?

With the Guardian app, you and up to seven people in your “My Family” group* can request Roadside Assistance* while you’re traveling in any vehicle — including on motorcycles.

Roadside Assistance provided as part of the OnStar Safety & Security Plan* is for a specific vehicle.

How do I request Roadside Assistance?

You can request Roadside Assistance* right in the OnStar Guardian app, simply by tapping the roadside icon and following the convenient on-screen prompts. Once service is requested, OnStar Guardian can even let you know how close a roadside technician is to your location.

What services does an OnStar Emergency Advisor provide?

OnStar Emergency Advisors* can provide critical medical instructions in the event of an emergency. Our Advisors are trained by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch® to handle situations such as shortness of breath, cuts, concussions, childbirth and other emergencies before help arrives.

When should I use the red Emergency button?

Use the red Emergency button within the Guardian app to connect to an OnStar Emergency Advisor* for assistance for yourself or on someone else’s behalf.

If you encounter an emergency requiring law enforcement, EMS, fire or other emergency services, always call 911 first.

When should I use the blue OnStar button?

You can always push the blue OnStar button if you need help. An OnStar Advisor can assess your request and get you the right help. You can also push the blue OnStar button if you have questions about your account or the app. For an emergency situation, such as medical, push the red Emergency button.

What is Location Status?

Within the OnStar Guardian app, you can view and share device location information* with members of “My Family*". Each member of “My Family” is visible by all other members of “My Family” on a map, and their location updates are visible.

Additionally, in an emergency, this feature allows an OnStar Emergency Advisor* to identify your smartphone’s location and contact First Responders, even if you can’t ask for it.

How accurate is the OnStar Guardian app in finding my location?

Location accuracy is dependent on a number of factors, including your smartphone’s sensors, device permissions and operating system; your cellular service and connection to Wi-Fi; and overall interference from nearby buildings.

What does OnStar do with location data?

The only time an OnStar Advisor accesses your smartphone location and information from you or members of "My Family*" is during an active OnStar Guardian app call. Your smartphone’s location information* is shared with members of “My Family” via the Guardian app. Your smartphone’s location information is only shared with third parties (e.g., 911 dispatch centers and First Responders) when they are contacted to respond on scene.

OnStar takes protecting information very seriously. We maintain reasonable and adequate technical, administrative, and physical security and confidentiality measures designed to help protect your information from unauthorized access or acquisition. Consult the OnStar Guardian User Terms and Privacy Statement for more information.

Do I have to select “Always Allow” in my smartphone's Location Services settings to use the OnStar Guardian app?

Yes. OnStar uses your smartphone's location to identify the correct 911 dispatch center. First Responders are then sent to this location during an emergency.

What if I don’t want other members of “My Family” to see my location?

If you don’t want other members of “My Family*" to see your smartphone’s location, you can turn off “Location Sharing” in the Guardian app’s settings. By doing this, OnStar Advisors can still identify your smartphone’s location and contact First Responders, but members of “My Family” would not see it.

However, you should ensure Location Services on your smartphone’s device settings are set to “Always Allow” for the Guardian app. If these are not enabled, the Guardian app will not function properly.

What app benefits do members of "My Family" have?

You can use the OnStar Guardian app to invite up to seven people to join and be a part of your “My Family*" group in the app. Each member of “My Family” receives all the app benefits at no cost to them, including Mobile Crash Response, Roadside Assistance, Location Status, Emergency Services and the OnStar Guardian skill for Amazon Alexa.

How can I add family and friends to “My Family”?

To invite someone to “My Family*," navigate to the “My Family” section of the app menu and select the option to add a new member. A unique code is generated for your group that can be shared using your operating system’s sharing feature, like a text (SMS) or an email. The same code can be shared with up to all seven people in the group, but it is only valid for 48 hours. A new code is generated if you select the sharing option at a later time.

Watch this quick tutorial to learn how to add your family and friends to “My Family.”

How does an invitee to the “My Family” group get the app?

Once they've downloaded and installed the app, they'll hit the "GET STARTED" button. They'll be prompted to enter their email address. Then they will enter their name and password, select their country, and accept the User Terms and Privacy Statement. After they enter their unique invitation code, they'll verify their email and the family they are joining. Finally, they'll need to go through a mobile phone verification and grant permissions for the app to use certain phone functions.

Does each member of “My Family” have to download the app?

Yes. Each member of “My Family*" must download the app to their individual smartphone in order to enjoy the Guardian app’s benefits and services.

Each person invited to “My Family” must create their own unique username and password for the app on their compatible smartphone. Members of “My Family” should not share credentials.

What does the designation “Family Manager” mean?

The OnStar Member will have the designation of “Family Manager*", which provides the administrative ability to add or delete people from “My Family.” This designation can be extended by the OnStar Member to any or all other members of “My Family.” However, only the OnStar Member will have rights to purchase, amend or cancel an OnStar plan.

What if I no longer wish to be a member of a “My Family” group?

You may leave a “My Family*" group at any time by clicking on the three-dot icon next to your name on the “My Family” screen and selecting the option to leave the group.

Answers to your questions about the OnStar Guardian Skill for Amazon Alexa.

What is the OnStar Guardian skill for Amazon Alexa?

The OnStar Guardian skill for Amazon Alexa* gives you a 24/7 voice-enabled connection to OnStar Emergency Advisors* through supported Alexa-enabled devices in the United States.

When you enable the OnStar Guardian skill for Amazon Alexa on supported devices — like Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show* — your household members can reach OnStar Emergency Advisors by saying prompts like “Alexa, call for help” during emergencies or stressful situations.

How can I use the OnStar Guardian skill for Amazon Alexa to reach an OnStar Emergency Advisor?

Activate the OnStar Guardian skill for Amazon Alexa* by saying, “Alexa, call for help.” This voice command will connect you with an OnStar Emergency Advisor*. You can speak to them directly through your smart speaker.

What can the OnStar Guardian skill for Amazon Alexa be used for?

The OnStar Guardian skill for Amazon Alexa* allows anyone in the household to use voice commands to connect with OnStar Emergency Advisors* who are available 24/7. These Advisors are certified and accredited by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch® and can assess a situation, contact 911 as needed, provide critical medical instruction, and stay on the line until help arrives. For example, a child may be able to ask for help if their parent or grandparent has fallen or is injured and unable to reach the phone.

How much does the OnStar Guardian skill for Amazon Alexa cost?

The skill is included with the OnStar Guardian app, which requires an eligible OnStar service plan to use. OnStar Safety & Security Plan* Members receive the OnStar Guardian app as part of their plan.

What kind of user data does GM receive from this service?

As with all connectivity services, Members must first give consent to activate the service and agree to the terms and conditions and privacy statement. Once that occurs, Members will also need to complete a safety profile* and link their OnStar and Amazon Alexa accounts to deliver Emergency Services (if needed). This data is part of how these systems are designed to deliver an outstanding experience.

*Note: The user information in the safety profile is not shared with Amazon.

Is this skill available on all Alexa-enabled devices?

The skill is available on all in-home Alexa-enabled devices that support Alexa calling, like Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show. Echo Frames and Echo Auto do not support the emergency contact feature at this time.

How do I enable the OnStar Guardian skill for my Alexa-enabled device?

  1. Download the latest version of the OnStar Guardian app on your smartphone from the App Store or on Google Play if you haven’t enabled automatic app updates on your device.

  2. Next, link your Amazon account. Open the Guardian app and tap Menu (the three lines in the upper-left corner of your app screen) then select “Settings.”

  3. Under “Connections,” tap “Amazon Alexa” > “Get Started.”

  4. You’ll be asked to provide the address where your Alexa device is located for emergency purposes. You can select the primary address that’s already in your Guardian account or tap “+Add Address” to enter a different one.

  5. After your address is selected, tap “Link Accounts” to begin the linking process.

    a. If you have the Alexa app downloaded on your phone, it will open. Tap “Link” to confirm.

    b. If you don’t have the app downloaded on your phone, you’ll be taken to amazon.com to continue the process. After signing in, tap “Allow.” You'll then be redirected back to the Guardian app.

  6. You’ll see a confirmation in the Guardian app when the accounts have been linked successfully.

  7. If desired, the app will ask you to make a test call to an OnStar Advisor to make sure you’re ready for a real emergency.

  8. Tap “Done” to complete the process. 

Can I change the address I’ve entered for my Alexa device?

Yes. After you’ve linked your accounts, you can change the address in the Guardian app. Tap “Menu” > “Settings” > “Amazon Alexa.” Tap on the current address. Then type the new address into the search bar. Once you’ve selected the new address, select “Looks Good” to complete the change. Keeping your address current in your account is vital. It enables OnStar Emergency Advisors to send First Responders to your correct location. Please ensure that your device address is updated when using your smart speaker in a new location — such as while traveling or moving to a new residence.

Can I use the skill at two different addresses?

At this time, you can only enable the OnStar Guardian skill for Amazon Alexa at one address where you would like to receive emergency assistance.

What if my OnStar account links to the wrong Amazon account?

If this happens, you should unlink your accounts and sign in to the correct Amazon account on your device. Then repeat the linking process in the Guardian app with the correct account.

How do I unlink the OnStar Guardian skill for Amazon Alexa?

In the Guardian app, tap “Menu” > “Settings” > “Amazon Alexa.” Tap “Unlink from Amazon” then “Unlink Amazon” to confirm. You will see a confirmation that the accounts were successfully unlinked, then tap “Done.” You can also unlink your accounts by opening the Alexa app on your device and disabling the skill.

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  • U.S. and Canada only. Available on select Apple and Android devices. Mobile Crash Response services are intended for use in select vehicles only and can connect automatically on Android devices only. Service coverage varies with conditions and location. Service availability, features and functionality vary by device and software version. OnStar Guardian service plan (stand-alone plan, add-on plan or plan that includes the service), cell reception, GPS signal and device data connection required. Terms apply. Device permissions are required for app to operate properly. OnStar links to emergency services. Device and app may not transmit all crash data. Check here for details and limitations. Pricing and availability subject to change. You may cancel at any time by calling 1.888.4ONSTAR (1.888.466.7827).

  • Up to seven additional individuals can be added to the “My Family” section within the app.

  • Select service plan required. OnStar Guardian skill and associated OnStar services requires successful account linking with Amazon Alexa, completion of a safety profile including an accurate and up-to-date physical address of the Alexa-enabled device. Physical Address must be confirmed and updated in the OnStar Guardian app. Device data connection is required. OnStar links to emergency services. Amazon, Alexa and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Terms apply. Check here for details and limitations.

  • Roadside services provided by Signature Motor Club, Inc., a member of the Allstate family of companies. Roadside services are for passenger vehicles (cars and trucks) and motorcycles only. Limitations and restrictions apply. Towing services can be used four times per year then additional charges apply. Additional charges apply to tire changes when a spare tire is not provided.

  • Certified by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch.®

  • Service is designed to locate compatible smartphones with Location Services permission enabled. Functionality varies by mobile device and plan. Data rates may apply. Terms and limitations apply. Check here for details and limitations.

  • Apple, the Apple logo, and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries and regions. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

  • Google Assistant virtual personal assistant is a trademark of Google LLC.

  • OnStar plan, working electrical system, cell reception and GPS signal required. OnStar links to emergency services. Check here for details and limitations.

  • Prices do not include state and local sales taxes. If applicable, state and local sales taxes will be displayed on the checkout page. Prices and plans are subject to change. A credit or debit card is required for all online transactions. Call 1.888.4ONSTAR (1.888.466.7827) for details.

  • Siri is a trademark of Apple Inc.

  • Full Bluetooth feature functionality varies by device, model and software version. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by General Motors is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.

  • Available on select Apple and Android devices. Service availability, features and functionality vary by vehicle, device and the plan you are enrolled in. Terms apply. Device data connection required. Actual images and features may vary and are subject to change.

  • OnStar plan, working electrical system, cell reception and GPS signal required. OnStar links to emergency services. Not all vehicles may transmit all crash data. Check here for details and limitations.

  • Amazon, Alexa and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.