How To Understand A Watch Is Waterproof Or Not
This article talks about the water resistance level of the Apple Watch and what to do if moisture gets on the device.
The Apple Watch is waterproof, but not waterproof. For example, you can not remove the Apple Watch and use it during training (contact with sweat will not cause damage), in the rain, or when washing your hands.
The Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch (1st generation) are moisture and splash resistant, but diving with them is not recommended. The Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple Watch Series 3 do not have to be removed when diving to a shallow depth, such as in a pool or at sea. However, the Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple Watch Series 3 models are not suitable for diving, water skiing and other similar dives to great depths or contact with water at high speed.
You can safely shower the Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple Watch Series 3, but we recommend that you do not allow Apple Watch to come in contact with soap, shampoo, hair products, lotions, or perfumes, as these can damage waterproof partitions and acoustic membranes. If any substance (other than clean water) has got on the Apple Watch, you must clean it with a cloth slightly moistened with water and wipe it with a dry, lint-free cloth.
Water resistance is not a permanent property, and its level may decrease over time. Apple Watch cannot be checked for watertightness or fully sealed. The following factors can reduce the water resistance of your Apple Watch and should be avoided.
- A falling Apple Watch or other shock.
- Soap or soapy water gets on your Apple Watch, such as in a shower or bath.
- Contact Apple Watch with perfumes, solvents, cleaning products, acids, or foods containing acids, repellents, lotions, sunscreens, oils, or hair dyes.
- Contact Apple Watch with water at high speeds, such as when practicing water skiing.
- Wearing an Apple Watch in a sauna or bath.
Not all straps can withstand contact with water. For example, stainless steel straps and leather straps are not waterproof and should not be exposed to liquids.
If water splashes onto your Apple Watch, wipe it with a soft, lint-free cloth. Do not place near heat sources or use compressed air or spray guns. If you have been training or sweating a lot, you need to clean the Apple Watch itself, its strap, and also the skin surface in contact with the watch. After swimming, carefully rinse the Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple Watch Series 3 with warm tap water. Thoroughly wipe the Apple Watch and strap when fresh water gets on them. For more information about cleaning the Apple Watch, see this article.
If moisture gets on your Apple Watch and the sound from the speaker is dull, follow these steps: Do not insert anything into openings, such as microphone or speaker ports, or shake your watch to remove water. Leave the Apple Watch to charge until morning to speed up evaporation.
On an Apple Watch Series 3, barometric altimeter measurements may be less accurate if water enters a vent, such as while swimming. Normal altimeter operation will recover after water evaporation.
When you start a workout in the pool, the Apple Watch automatically locks the screen using the “Water Lock” feature to prevent accidental taps on it. At the end of your workout, turn the Digital Crown to unlock the screen and remove water from the Apple Watch. You will hear sounds and perhaps feel the water on your wrist.
To remove water from the Apple Watch manually, swipe the dial from the bottom up to open the Control Center program and press Water Lock. Then turn the Digital Crown to unlock the screen and remove water from the speaker.
Check if water has entered the microphone or speaker. To do this, lay the device down on a soft, lint-free cloth and see if water leaks out. Water entering the port can affect the performance of the speaker or microphone until it evaporates completely.
Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch (1st generation) are IPX7 waterproof in accordance with IEC 60529. Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple Watch Series 3 are 50 m water resistant to ISO 22810: 2010. Classic and modern buckles, leather straps, Milanese mesh bracelets and block bracelets are not waterproof.