Swimming or showering with an Apple Watch

Can I swim or shower with my Apple Watch ? A question we regularly receive, especially during the holiday periods. Apple’s smart watch is water resistant, but certainly not waterproof.

Wearing and using an Apple Watch during workouts, in the rain and when you wash your hands is no problem at all. Not even if you accidentally get water over it, but swimming with it is another story. Not every Apple Watch is suitable for swimming and there are limitations.

  • Water Resistance Apple Watch
  • Swimming with the Apple Watch
  • Showering with the Watch
  • Look out! Water resistance decreases
  • Using water lock while swimming/showering

Water Resistance Apple Watch

The Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch (1st generation) meet the water resistance standard of IPX7 according to IEC standard 60529 and can only be submerged for a short time. The Apple Watch Series 2 or later has a water resistance rating of 50 meters in depth according to ISO standard 22810:2010. You can use this while swimming and showering, but under certain conditions.

Please note: The Classic Buckle Watch Band, Leather Strap, Modern Buckle Strap, Milanese Strap and Link Bracelet are not water resistant. The other official Apple Watch bands are resistant to water.

Swimming with the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch (1st generation) and Apple Watch Series 1 are splash and water resistant, but it is not recommended to submerge these products in water. Only for cleaning you can expose it to a limited amount of water, but don’t do this too often!

The Apple Watch Series 2 and newer can be used for shallow water activities such as swimming in a pool or the ocean. Please note, however, that the Apple Watch Series 2 or newer are not suitable for diving, water skiing, and other activities involving high water speeds or deep water immersion.

Showering with the Watch

Showering with the Apple Watch Series 2 or newer is not a problem, but it is recommended not to expose the Watch to soap, shampoo, conditioners, lotions and other shower products. These can have a negative influence on water seals. It is therefore best not to wear the Apple Watch while taking a shower. Do you have the first Apple Watch or series 1? Then it is better not to shower with the Watch on.


Look out! Water resistance decreases

It is good to know that the water resistance of the Apple Watch is not a permanent condition and can decrease over time. Unfortunately, it is not possible to check the water resistance and possibly have it redone. The following situations can affect the water resistance of your Apple Watch, it is recommended that you avoid these situations and exposure to them.

  • Falling or subjecting to other shocks
  • Soap or soapy water, for example when showering or bathing
  • Perfume, solvents, detergents, acids or acidic foods, anti-insect products, lotion, sunscreen, oil or hair dye
  • High water speeds, for example during water skiing
  • Wearing in a sauna or steam room

Always clean the smart watch with only (fresh) water and preferably dry it with a lint-free cloth that does not chafe. Do not use heat, compressed air or other cleaning agents.

Using water lock while swimming/showering

If you do use the Apple Watch series 2 or newer in or around the swimming pool, open water or shower, it is best to lock it. You use the water seal for this, so that you ‘blow’ the speaker clean after locking. You can read exactly how the water lock works here .

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