IMAXSHIFT.COM – Learn About Apple Watch Water Resistance. Discover the water-resistance capabilities of your Apple Watch and the steps to take if it becomes damp.
Is My Apple Watch Waterproof?
Your Apple Watch can withstand water exposure but is not entirely waterproof. For instance, it can be worn and used during physical exercise (sweat exposure is acceptable), during a rainy walk, or while washing your hands.
- The Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch (1st generation) possess a water-resistance grade of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529.
- Apple Watch Series 2 and subsequent models have a water-resistance grade of 50 meters in accordance with ISO standard 22810:2010.
- The Apple Watch Ultra is water-resistant up to 100 meters according to ISO standard 22810:2010 and adheres to EN13319 regulations.
- The Apple Watch Series 7 and future models have an IP6X dust resistance rating.
- However, the Classic Buckle, Leather Loop, Modern Buckle, Milanese, and Link Bracelet Bands are not resistant to water.
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Is It Safe to Scuba Dive, Swim, or Shower With My Apple Watch?
If you own an Apple Watch Ultra, you can wear it during recreational scuba diving up to a depth of 130 feet (40 meters) and engage in other water-related activities such as swimming, showering, and water skiing.
The Apple Watch Series 2 and subsequent models are suitable for shallow-water activities, like swimming in a pool or sea, but activities involving deep underwater immersion or high-velocity water, like diving or water skiing, should only be undertaken with the Apple Watch Ultra.
The Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch (1st generation) are designed to withstand splashes and water exposure, but submerging these models is not advised.
Keep in mind that not all Apple Watch bands are suitable for use in water. Specifically, stainless steel and leather bands are not water-resistant and should not come into contact with liquid.
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What Activities Should I Refrain from While Wearing My Apple Watch?
The water resistance of your Apple Watch is not an everlasting feature and might degrade over time. It’s important to note that the Apple Watch cannot be retested or resealed for water resistance. Certain activities can potentially harm the water resistance of your Apple Watch and should be avoided:
- Avoid dropping your Apple Watch or exposing it to physical shocks.
- Avoid exposing your Apple Watch to soapy water, such as when showering or bathing.
- Avoid contact of your Apple Watch with perfume, solvents, detergent, acidic substances or foods, bug repellent, lotions, sunscreen, oil, or hair dye.
- High-speed water exposure should be avoided with all Apple Watch models, excluding Apple Watch Ultra (for example, during water skiing).
- Avoid wearing your Apple Watch during activities such as cliff diving or high diving.
- Avoid wearing your Apple Watch in a steam room.
- Avoid using all Apple Watch models, excluding Apple Watch Ultra, in a sauna.
- Avoid using Apple Watch Ultra in a sauna with a temperature exceeding 55° C (130° F).
Despite the mentioned precautions, if your Apple Watch accidentally comes into contact with substances like soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, perfumes, solvents, detergent, acids or acidic foods, bug repellent, sunscreen, oil, hair dye, or any substance other than water, it should be rinsed with lukewarm fresh water and dried using a lint-free cloth. The chemicals in these items could adversely impact water seals and acoustic membranes.
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What Actions Should I Take if My Apple Watch Becomes Wet?
To eliminate water from your Apple Watch, dab it with a non-rough, lint-free cloth. Avoid the use of heat, pressurized air, or spray products. Ensure to clean and dry your Apple Watch, the band, and your skin following workout sessions or profuse perspiration. After swimming, delicately rinse Apple Watch Series 2 and later models under a light flow of warm, clean water. Thoroughly dry your Apple Watch and the band afterward. You can learn more about how to clean your Apple Watch.
If your Apple Watch gets wet and you notice a muffled sound from the speaker, follow the steps below. Avoid inserting anything into the openings, such as the microphone or speaker ports, and don’t shake the watch to dislodge the water. Letting your Apple Watch charge overnight may hasten the evaporation process.
For Apple Watch Series 3 and later, readings from the barometric altimeter may be less precise if water infiltrates the air vent (for example, during swimming). The altimeter function returns to normal once the water has evaporated.
Apple Watch Series 2 and Later
Starting a swimming workout will automatically engage the Water Lock on your Apple Watch to prevent inadvertent screen interactions. If you own an Apple Watch Ultra, it can automatically activate Water Lock when submerged to a depth of 10cm or lower. When you finish, press and hold* the Digital Crown to unlock the screen and remove any residual water from your Apple Watch. A sequence of tones will play to expel any lingering water in the speaker.
To manually eject water from the Apple Watch, swipe up from the bottom of the watch face to access the Control Center, tap Water Lock, then press and hold the Digital Crown to unlock the screen and clear water from the speaker.
Apple Watch Series 1 or Earlier
To check if water is present in the microphone or speaker, position the device, speaker-side down, on a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth to see if any water drops out. Water in the port could impair the speaker or microphone’s performance until it fully evaporates. (Tech Info)