I was concerned of submerging my Apple Watch Series 3 in water at first since I know the anxiety of having to quickly dry off an iPhone or MacBook after an unintentional liquid spill (a potentially expensive mistake).
This was especially the case because I hadn’t done my homework before getting into the kayak; I’d heard that the Watch was “water-resistant” and knew that it included swimming as a workout option, but that was about all I knew.
If you’re concerned about getting water in your Apple Watch like I was, this article will teach you all you need to know, from what “water-resistant” means to how to clean it and how to utilise the helpful Water Lock app.
Water Resistance on Apple Watches Varies.
In fact, all Apple Watch versions are water-resistant without being waterproof (a distinction Apple makes clear). Specifically, the original Apple Watch and Series 1 have an IPX7 rating for water resistance according to IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) standard 60529, while Series 2, 3, 4, and 5 (the most recent model) have an IP68 rating for water resistance according to ISO standard 22810:2010, which allows them to withstand immersion in water up to 50 metres in depth.
In a nutshell, you may wear your Apple Watch while exercising (and thus exposing it to sweat), in the rain, and even in the pool. Submerging the watch below a shallow depth or exposing it to high velocity water is not, therefore water sports like water skiing and scuba diving are not recommended while wearing the watch.
But if you’re still using an Apple Watch Series 1 or earlier, you’ll want to take extra precautions. Apple Watch and Series 1 timepieces are splash- and water-resistant, although Apple does not advocate submerging them.
It’s Probably Not a Good Idea to Wear Your Apple Watch into the Shower.
In theory, you can take a shower while wearing an Apple Watch (Series 2, 3, 4, or 5), but in practise, you should probably remove it because the water seals and acoustic membranes may become less effective if exposed to soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, or perfumes.
The chemicals in personal care products like shampoo and soap can also weaken the Apple Watch’s resistance to water.
Over Time, A Product’s Water Resistance can Deteriorate Irreparably.
Apple says that “water resistance isn’t a permanent condition and may diminish over time,” and that the Apple Watch’s water resistance cannot be rechecked or resealed. The company provides a comprehensive list of actions that compromise water resistance and should be avoided.
Soap (or soapy water), perfume, solvents, detergent, acids (or acidic meals), insect repellent, lotions, sunscreen, oil, and hair dye are all on the list, as is dropping your Apple Watch “or subjecting it to other impacts” (pain).
Some bands, including those made of stainless steel and leather, are not designed to withstand water. Swapping out the band for one that can withstand water is recommended if you want to swim with or otherwise submerge your Apple Watch.
Maintenance of Your Apple Watch
Cleaning your Apple Watch is crucial for preserving its integrity and reducing the risk of skin discomfort. According to Apple, this is how it’s done:
- Put your Apple Watch to sleep. If it’s attached to a charger, unplug it.
- Any non-waterproof bands should be taken off.
- Use a soft, lint-free cloth lightly wet with clean water to gently wipe down the Watch.
- You can also try running some warm water from a tap over the Watch for about ten to fifteen seconds.
- The Apple Watch should not be cleaned with soap or any other cleaning substance.
- Use a soft, lint-free cloth to dry the front, rear, and edges of your Apple Watch.
The Water Lock and How to Use It
Water Lock is a feature of the Apple Watch 2, 3, 4, and 5 that prevents inadvertent taps on the screen while swimming or doing other water-based activities. If you plan on submerging your Watch, this is also an excellent way to keep the speakers clear.
This Function can be Activated in Two Ways:
- Get your swimming routine going. The Water Lock function will be automatically engaged throughout both Pool Swim and Open Water Swim routines. Pool or Open Water swim can be started immediately by opening the Workout app.
- Tap the water droplet icon on the Watch face and swipe up to manually activate Water Lock. When the Water Lock function is activated, a blue water droplet appears in the Watch’s dial.
And Here’s How to Turn it Off When You’re Done:
- After your swim workout, push the Digital Crown and the side button simultaneously to stop tracking. Putting in a halt like this will prevent the exercise from continuing. To access the locked screen, simply turn the Digital Crown. The workout can be cancelled by swiping right and hitting the X.
- Water Lock can be manually engaged by turning the Digital Crown until the blue teardrop fills the circular icon. Apple Watch will play a sequence of sounds when you unlock it that are meant to drain any moisture from the device’s speakers. It’s very natural for water to spray out of your speakers.