Q: Is My Apple Watch Waterproof?

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A: It can be tempting to bring your Apple Watch into the pool or the shower, but you always have to keep the safety of the device in mind because neither series of Apple Watch is completely waterproof.

  • Both series of Apple Watch are water-resistant.
  • The series 1 Apple Watch is water-resistant, but it is only meant to withstand the amount of water you might expose it to when washing your hands or in the rain. If your series 1 Apple Watch gets dirty, you can clean it with a damp microfiber cloth followed by a thorough drying. You should also clean your Apple Watch of all sweat after working out.
  • The Apple Water Series 2 is water resistant to a depth of 50 meters. This is designed to make it safe to use for swimming and other activities that require it to be frequently submerged.
  • You can safely take the series 2 Apple Watch in the shower, but you should avoid getting soap, shampoo or lotion anywhere around the face of the watch. 

The sealant that ensures water resistance can deteriorate over time if you are not careful, so dry your Apple Watch whenever it gets wet.

Apple’s Technology to Make Apple Watch Waterproof 

The speaker of the series 2 Apple Watch is the only opening where water can enter. All other openings are sealed. Apple installed a feature that allows the speaker to purge any water that could have been trapped inside. When you take the Apple Watch out of “Swim” mode, the speaker vibrates on its own, expelling any water. This keeps your device safe and enhances it water resistance.


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