The Apple Watch is water-resistant, not waterproof. This means that it will resist water to a certain degree, but it can’t be submerged for an extended period of time. 

The watch will survive most rainstorms and spills, but you should take care to keep it away from other liquids such as dish soap and hot drinks such as coffee or tea, as moisture beneath the surface of the watch’s enclosure may affect performance over time. 

What does water resistance mean for an Apple Watch?

Water resistance for the Apple Watch is measured using the standard rating method used for all other types of watches, which is based on depth. 

The Apple Watch is water-resistant up to 50 meters. This means it can handle being in up to 50 meters of water. 

Like most other watches, it’s designed with a water resistance rating for immersion, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that you should take it anywhere near that depth. This just means that the watch was tested in the lab to withstand the amount of pressure you would find at that particular depth. 

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What is the difference between water resistance and waterproof?

Water-resistant and waterproof are two different terms for two different things. Water-resistant means that the technology will resist when in contact with water but not be immersed in it. Waterproof means that technology can be submerged in the liquid for an extended period of time without causing damage to the device. 

Unless you are diving with your Apple Watch, it’s safe to say that you don’t need to worry about using the watch in either situation.

Water resistance for different Apple Watch models

  • Apple Watch 1st Generation – Not water resistant
  • Apple Watch Series 1 – Not water resistant
  • Apple Watch Series 2 – Water resistant up to 50 meters
  • Apple Watch Series 3 – Water resistant up to 50 meters
  • Apple Watch Series 4 – Water resistant up to 50 meters
  • Apple Watch Series 5 – Water resistant up to 50 meters
  • Apple Watch Series 6 – Water resistant up to 50 meters

All Apple Watches Series 2 and newer are water-resistant up to 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010. However, keep in mind that some bands are not water-resistant, with examples including Classic Buckle, Modern Buckle, Leather Loop, Link, and Milanese Bands. 

Does the water-resistance fade overtime for an Apple Watch?

The Apple Watch is water-resistant in both fresh and saltwater, but since water resistance is not a permanent condition, it may fade gradually over time. Unfortunately, the watch can’t be resealed for water resistance.

Here are some things that may affect the water resistance of the Apple Watch.

  • Exposing the watch to soapy water
  • Dropping the watch or subjecting it to other impacts
  • Exposing the watch of solvents, perfume, assets, lotions, sunscreen, or hair dye.
  • Wearing the Apple Watch in the steam room and sauna.

What is a water lock and how to activate it?

Water lock turns off the touch screen capabilities of the Apple Watch but keeps on all other functions, including heart rate monitoring, speaker, microphone, etc. 

To activate the water lock, press and hold both the Digital Crown and side button simultaneously for 3 seconds until it beeps twice (like a camera flash). You can turn off the water lock by performing the same steps again.

Digital Crown
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Can I go swimming or take a shower with my Apple Watch?

Yes, if you have an Apple Watch Series 2 or later, you can wear your watch when you go swimming or when taking a shower. When you’re finished swimming, unlock the screen by turning the Digital Crown and clear any water from the Apple Watch. You may hear some sounds or feel a bit of moisture on your wrist.

If you have an Apple Watch Series1 or Apple Watch (1st generation), you shouldn’t submerge it in water. 

What should I do if my Apple Watch gets wet?

If your watch gets wet, don’t panic. Wipe away any visible moisture on the screen and back of the watch with a clean towel. Turn off the device and let it air dry at room temperature in a well-ventilated area away from direct heat sources. Do not attempt to charge or plug in the watch until fully dry.