When you get a new Apple watch, there are many features that you’ll be excited to try out, and one of these is water resistance, which can make wearing it in shallow water easier, and it can still function as intended.
However, we use the term water-resistant as the watch isn’t waterproof, so there are still scenarios involving water that you may want to avoid when wearing your watch, as when used in these for long periods of time can cause damage to your watch.
Find out the best way to use your watch and where you may want to think twice about when coming into contact with water.
How Does This Water Resistance Work?
The water resistance of your watch is usable to a certain degree, as you can use a series one watch in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes, while the series 2-7 can be used up to 50 meters and for the same amount of time, except they are swim-proof.
The swim-proof feature means you can use them in shallow water with low velocity.
So for anything deeper and more rigorous waters, you should go for an Apple watch ultra, as you have more features like a water lock which prevents water from making any inputs on the display and has an eject feature that removes any water from the speakers.
How Does It Fair In Pool Or Ocean Water?
You might be worried, considering the chemicals used in pools and the salt in the sea, so as long as you rinse your watch off after leaving the water, you can do this with warm water and use a soft cloth to dry it.
To avoid any inputs from the water, if your watch is a series two or lower, you may have to turn this lock feature on manually, and for the newer ones, it can turn on automatically if you have set your workout to swimming, and this will lock the screen.
If you forget to turn it on or it accidentally gets exposed to water, you can turn on the water lock and then turn it off again, which should expel any water from the speakers. Be wary of wristbands; some aren’t water-resistant, so you may want to check this.
How To Spot Water Damage On An Apple Watch?
If your watch isn’t checked for signs of water lingering in the watch, you may be in for a bad time, as this can corrode the inner components and affect the display, making it nearly impossible to use or charge.
One immediate sign is any moisture or fog that appears under the screen, making it hard to read, and any water can seep into the internal parts and cause more damage. Try and dry it out or send it to Apple, where it can be fixed.
Another fault involves the water lock feature, so when the watch reaches its limits, and the water resistance wears off, this feature won’t be as effective, and even when you drain it, you may find that there is still water present.
When looking at Apple watches, this is why it’s a good idea to get the newer models, as these are more resistant and can stay resistant for longer. This ensures that you can keep the device longer and don’t have to pay any fees for any extensive repairs.
Where Shouldn’t I Wear My Apple Watch?
This may depend on the model, but in general, Apple advises that you shouldn’t use your watch during a sauna, while deep diving, water skiing, in temperatures above 130ºF, or exposing it to perfumes, detergents, soapy water, or shampoos.
If your watch makes contact with one of these accidentally, you want to clean it out with fresh warm water and dry it, so no chemicals affect the water seals or acoustic membranes.
If your watch speakers sound muffled, you should avoid adding anything to the speaker ports and instead charge them so the evaporation process can occur safely, which is probably safer than trying to dry it out yourself, and it won’t negatively affect the watch.
How To Make Sure This Feature Lasts Longer?
You can start with the strap you use for the wristband, as there are many designs out there that look stylish and can offer your watch more protection from water so that it can be sealed tight and replaced with a regular strap afterward.
Other than that, it’s all about where you leave your watch, so it doesn’t hurt to leave your watch off during a shower or a deeper pool where it may not be known how long you intend to be there for.
Also, events like rain or a gentle amount of water to a certain depth outlined by your model shouldn’t do it any harm, and it’s when you are exposed to high pressures of water where it can be an issue, so be sure to have water lock on to dispel as much water as possible.
It might be frustrating to have limitations like this. Still, Apple is constantly innovating and looking at ways to improve its products, so you may find in the future that these watches, as a result, become more water resistant.
With any Apple watch you get, you should know its capabilities and the extent to which the water resistance works. As we have said, this can wear away over time.
So you should be mindful of this each successive time you decide to use it in the shower or at the pool, and check it for signs of water that may have forced its way through.
As you do this, you should be able to get a longer-lasting watch that can work wonders wherever you go, and it all starts with keeping it updated and clean.
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