Apple Watch Shower

Despite the videos that may suggest otherwise, it’s not a good idea to shower with your Apple Watch. How can I say this for sure? I tried it out for myself.

Showering produces high pressure jets of water (relatively speaking)‚ and the high pressure can cause water to venture into places on the Apple Watch that it should not.

Although the Apple Watch is IPX7 certified, which means that it is water resistant and can stand up to hand washing, sweat, and rain, it doesn’t mean that you can just do whatever you want with the watch as long as it fits within the technical definition of IPX7 certification.

Apple specifically states that you should avoid certain type of water immersion in relation to Apple Watch. Here are a few things that are off limits:

  • Submerging Apple Watch in water for long periods of time.

  • Swimming or bathing with Apple Watch.

  • Exposing Apple Watch to pressurized water or high velocity water, for example, showering, water skiing, wake boarding, surfing, jet skiing, and so on.

  • Wearing Apple Watch in the sauna or steam room.


So, as sad as that makes me, it’s obvious that things like long periods of submersion, or even showering are off limits. Even if doing so doesn’t affect your Apple Watch the first few times, you’re opening your hardware up to a permanent compromise by doing so. Apple even says as much:

Water resistance is not a permanent condition and Apple Watch cannot be rechecked or resealed for water resistance.

But reading it is one thing. I’ve actually tried this out (showering) and can report that it does the Apple Watch no favors. Water got into my speaker holes and the microphone hole. It made Siri completely unresponsive, because the water blocked the device’s ability to hear my voice altogether. Only after drying the watch out and placing a twirled up paper towel inside the hole did it resolve the issue. I’m sure if I would have waited a few hours it would have dried up on its own, but why take the risk?

Apple Watch Shower 2

Not smart…

So from this point forward, I’m turning in my #teamshower card. I’m not going to shower with my Apple Watch ever again. That makes me sad, but it’s just not worth the risk, and Apple explicitly tells us not to do it.

I know that this will garner “I told you so” from most of you, but as someone who loved the idea of controlling podcasts and receiving notifications in the shower, this is a pretty big bummer for me. Fire away at my stupidity.

  • Hi

    Hahaha

    • sh1ny

      Yea, “I told ya” thing. Wee!..

    • tiger

      Please don’t send…they will laugh in your face…for your own sake, don’t make a fool of yourself by sending this!

  • socrates

    Does AppleCare+ cover water damage? I’ve always been fuzzy on what it does/doesn’t cover..

    • It covers accidental damage up to two times (with deductible). Water would be included, as long as it’s an accident.

      • Hi

        Yh i fell in my full bathtub with my apple watch on, and stayed in there with my watch fully submerged for 30 mins. Now fix my watch plz 😉

      • Jamessmooth

        Better get rid of this post if you try and cash in on that, Jeff 🙂

      • Antzboogie

        Yet Tim Cook says he showers with his Apple Watch lol. I think Apple makes quality products but fails in the water proof department.

      • boBNunny

        He does shower with it. Because I can put on a brand new one every day!

    • Ali

      Not for iPhones. Not sure about Watches.

      • Blip dude

        Applecare+ does cover water damage, hence the accident coverage included with the Applecare+ package. I know this because a member of the family had the unfortunate incident of having their dropped in water. Took it to the Apple+, paid the $79 replacement fee, and walked out with a Brand new phone.

  • Andres

    Doesn’t Tim Cook say he showers with it

    • I’m not sure if that was actually a Tim Cook quote, and if it was, we don’t fully know the context. And maybe he does, but that doesn’t mean Apple recommends it. Plus, he has an infinite supply at his disposal I’m sure.

      • kron1k 

        He rocks the Sport in public, but behind closed doors he rocks the Edition, gold link bracelet and all.

      • Andres

        That’s is true, but unfortunately not the case for the rest of us. If you want another one… Get in back of the line buddy. Lol

      • Allen Gall

        I have to question the logic of Tim showering with his watch anyway under the assumption he has an unlimited supply as CEO. He has enough sense to know this is bad PR for Apple and potentially costly as it would result in lots of returned units and having to do damage control later on.

    • Chang in Charge

      Yeah he definitely does

    • M_thoroughbred

      Wether Tim Cook showers with it or not it doesn’t matter cause if his watch messes up he replaces it for free. After all he is the CEO. So he can say what he wants but as for me water is OFF LIMITS lol

    • Benedict

      Perhaps he takes a shower with an Android Wear watch, which is water-resistant 🙂

  • OMG Jeff you’re pretty much saying the exact same thing I told you last week, which at the time you contradicted. This is my favorite “I told you so” of the year so far!

    • 🙁

      • Chris Coleman

        A gift you may appreciate 🙂

    • WvB22

      I’m not really sure I agree with you guys on this topic although I’ll have to do some testing myself if I’m worried about this. It’s just plane physics that a water drop on the microphone and speaker will make it useless. That’s a bit annoying but it doesn’t mean the watch isn’t water resistant. Let it dry and there’s no problem. Same as some water in your ear. Annoying but you won’t turn deaf or something. As I saw the review in which they submerged the watch for over 30 minutes in water I think you can still shower with it safely. Just Siri may turn useless till it completely dries. But I bet if you dry the watch and shake off all excessive water it will work fine almost immediately. Do some more testing for us 😉

    • But you were and you are still wrong.

      Contrary to what Jeff Benjamin is saying here and apparently what you told him “last week”, it’s perfectly fine to shower with an Apple Watch.

      The fact that the microphone stop working when it’s wet and do so until it’s perfectly dry, is not a sign of degradation of any kind or of any failure in the water resistancy of the device.

      This is just a perfectly logical and normal physic phenomena that you’ll be able to experiment on any water resistant device with a microphone (and/or speaker).
      This also happens for example with water resistant Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z/Z2/Z3 and Android Wear water resistant smartwatches.

      In a nutshell: It’s perfectly fine to shower with an Apple Watch (this is why even Tim Cook himself does it).

  • Chris Coleman

    I couldn’t even bring myself to shower wearing my pebble…never mind my Apple watch, electronics and water just shouldn’t mix….stay safe….wear washing up gloves 🙂

    • Shasirax

      Well, it’s okay to shower with your Pebble. I do that every now and then with my Pebble steel, I mostly use it to tell the time in shower and to change song on my iPhone. (The iPhone isn’t in the shower, it’s in another room, connected to speakers)

      • Chris Coleman

        I understand that it’s ok to get a water resistant device wet….it just doesn’t settle well with me, I think my over thinking OCD mind just won’t allow it 🙂

      • Chinch07

        There are swimming apps that you can download on the pebble App Store…

    • Andrew Moulton

      Tell that to your dishwasher, blender, clothes iron, washing machine and ice maker that have been interacting safely with water for years and years 😀

  • WordyJ

    What’s this thing with notifications in the shower? It’s 10 or more minutes for you to disconnect. Podcasts I can understand. But you can set that up with a couple taps of your iPhone screen before you hop in the shower. Notifications though? Just shower and forget about your iPhone.

    I know many people are upset about the lack of it being waterproof cause they want to keep it on in the shower. I just think it’s ridiculous. But now people definitely know not to try it, I guess
    ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • Paulp3330

    Just out of interest, what did you blog about before apple watch ?

    Can’t beleive 1 product has taken over the entire blog !!!!, time to move onto another more interisting blog I think

    • Fanboy 

      This is an Apple blog so they blog about anything Apple. When new Macbooks are released, they cover every single little thing on Macbooks. When the new iPhones get released later this year, guess what the blog is going to be covered in? That’s right, iPhones. When a new jailbreak is released, we see every single last detail on the jailbreak. That’s how it works.

      • Hi

        Also what people have to understand is that this isn’t a new iPhone or Mac. But a whole new product, the first version so it kinda justifies all the talk. I bet if idb where around when the first iPhone was made it would be all about that iPhone.

      • Paulp3330

        Yes totally agree, but to turn a duel USB plug into a apple watch post is just stupid, they didn’t do that to tell you how to charge your iphone and ipad at the same time, I know its a new product but they need to keep the interest of everyone that has been coming here for years as well on not dedicate the entire blog to the watch.

      • Paul, I understand, but this will die down just like every other release, and it will go back to the way you like it. But with a new release, scratch that—a new product category— this is to be expected. It’s not like there’s tons of other stuff going on in concert.

      • Paulp3330

        Jeff, thanks for the reply and the great posts ( pre watch ), but the posts at the moment are not for the average apple users, there for SEO purposes, “hey theres a new apple product lets make everything about that”, if that isn’t true please tell me why your duel USB chargers post was tagged with the apple watch, believe it or not they weren’t released at the same time 😉

      • James G

        I come here to read the latest news about Apple stuff and anything iOS related. Right now, that’s Apple Watch. Next month it will be WWDC. It’s news cycles.

        To expect otherwise you can go to a forum and stick with posts about a single, focused topic

      • I’m not sure it will surprise anyone that we (or any other website) publish articles so people can read them, be it the regular readers like you, or the new readers coming from Google/Twitter/Facebook/etc.

        I understand that if you don’t have a watch or don’t care about a watch, then our coverage lately may be deceiving. But it is what it is.

        There is going to be much more posts about Apple Watch in the coming weeks, just like there will be many posts about iOS 9 when it’s announced, just like there will be many posts about iPhone 6s (7?) when it’s announced too. It’s a cycle, and like every cycle, it starts, peeks, and eventually die out.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        I think your missing the point. Write a review about your thoughts on using the watch….that is good reading. I would LOVE to read that. An article for the sake of having one is not good reading. For example, An article about iOS adoption with Apple watch in the title is bad taste. Regardless, non of this is apart of the normal cycle…..as normally a majority of the articles on IDB are somewhat interesting. That is a terrible excuse.

        AGAIN, we don’t want all the watch related articles to stop…..most of us just want the SEO, BS Articles to stop.

        And again, I want to see real world reviews from you guys. Not nut hugging writing. Real reviews. All of us really enjoy reading what you guys write….so write something with real substance. Jeff, do you think the watch is worth it? How has it actual been holding up with notifications? Do you receive a ton? Etc etc.

      • Kr00

        You know, you’re free to skip past any article you don’t wish to read, unless someones holding a gun to your head. If idownloadblog DIDN’T cover these items, there’d be far more people complaining about the lack of articles on the new Apple watch. It is there job you know?

  • Stephen Hagans

    I’m surprised you tried this to begin with. …

  • Hi

    people have to understand is that this isn’t a new iPhone or Mac. But a whole new product, the first version so it kinda justifies all the talk. I bet if idb where around when the first iPhone was made it would be all about that iPhone.

  • aw81

    I don’t think it’s unreasonable to have showered with a “waterproof” watch, a lot of people won’t read the small print and unless apple state it clearly then this is bound to happen, my only question is why would you want to wear a watch in the shower?
    How long are you in there for that you need to “control podcasts”?!
    Can a notification honestly not wait until after a ten min shower?

    • I take long showers. It’s where I think and get away from the noise come up with lots of ideas. I even came up with the idea for this post. There’s a reason r/showerthoughts exists. I’m not the only one who feels this way.

      • aw81

        That’s fair enough I guess, just seems like a first world problem to me though.
        And a bit of a waste of water…

      • It is, and you’re right, it is a bit wasteful.

      • aw81

        Well, if it helps the writing process i can understand why you do it, I’d just pick a longer podcast and not worry about the notifications lol

      • kron1k 

        Long showering with an Apple Watch Edition is wasteful

      • Andrew Moulton

        I have long hair and changing songs is v. important.

      • M_thoroughbred

        I understand but if the shower is a place for you to get away from all the noise in your busy day why would you want to recieve notifications in the place you use to unwind. Lol just saying. Like this site it has become my number one site for Apple anything.

    • George

      Its not waterproof.

      • aw81

        Good point, water resistant I meant.

  • [RΞCØИ1]

    So I guess even though Apple states it’s ok to be in rain with it, they really mean a sprinkle? Because what if the rain is as heavy as a shower?

  • Brandon

    I guess we’ll be waiting for a Lifeproof Apple Watch case haha.

  • The Fluffy Alpaca

    I just watched a video by EverythingApplePro where he bathed and swam with Apple Watch a whole day without damaging it…

  • deepdvd

    Jeff, couldn’t you just blow in the microphone and speaker holes to get the water out? I think the problem is not whether you should have your watch in the shower, but whether you should spend that much on a watch that will be out of date in X years. Just pay less for a Pebble Time and shower and swim all you want. I won’t buy a watch that isn’t waterproof.

  • David Bannerman

    Maybe you can get a matching shower cap for your watch too.

    • Kr00

      I think what you’re talking about is called a condom.

  • JRDN

    When Tim Cook said he even “showers with his Apple Watch” he left the part out where he can just throw one away and receive a new one as much as he likes…

    • kron1k 

      That’s where my watch went…taking forever

      • rickinsav

        My thoughts exactly! They’re not “shower proof” – Tim’s just tossing them aside and picking up a new one Lol.

  • pablo

    Well… Next to buy…waterproof case

  • Benedict

    LG G Watch still working after under running water for several minutes

  • Im so sorry jeff, but at least apple watch work again. My shower do not make a high pressure jets of water, is just a water falling from a shower, is similar to a rain but with a larger drops (?). Do you think if use AppleWatch in showering i will have the same problem?

    Thks

  • Benedict

    LG G Watch under tap

  • J™

    Why would a anyone shower wearing his watch?

    • sh1ny

      The same reason people bath with their iPads, I guess…
      I, for one, have to answer calls during this, undoubtedly, serene activity, again and again. That is why my iPhone was twice in the water (yay total immersion)—though it has survived. With Apple Watch, it’s a no-more.

  • James G

    Well perhaps your expectations need adjustment.

    What is iDownloadblog?

    iDownloadBlog (iDB) was founded in May 2008 as a weblog focused on delivering jailbreak information, Apple news, reviews, editorials as well as guides and tutorials about the iPhone, iPad, and everything iOS. While the main focus is Apple, iDB sometimes covers major industry-related events and companies that play in the same space as Apple’s, including, Google, Microsoft, etc… The site is updated multiple times daily by several editors and writers working from around the world.

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    I wore my Apple Watch in the shower today and someone actually called me while I was taking a shower. I turned the water off and answered the call. The person on the other end heard me fine, but after reading this article, I’m hesitant to shower with it again! It was cool while it lasted.

    • Don’t worry, even if water goes in the micro or speaker hole and so the micro and/or speaker stop working momentarily (until it’s dried), this is not an issue.

      This can happen with all water resistant devices with micro/speaker. And this doesn’t mean the device has been damaged at all.

      Apple (and most Apple oriented websites like this iDownloadBlog) are very careful on this subject, because they want to protect themselves against user that may protest if an water accident happens (which can happens either if IPX7 conditions have been exceeded or because of other events (falls, impacts…etc) that may break the water resistance of the device).

  • Gary LE

    What about mr. Cook whom said he use it in the shower. Lol

  • The fact that the microphone stop working until it’s completely dried is nothing abnormal.

    All IPx7 (IP57/67/X7) devices have this behavior (for example Android smartphones and smartwatches).
    And in all cases the water in the microphone hole has to be (almost) totally dried before it to be usable again.

    This doesn’t mean it’s an issue to have shower with the Apple Watch. This device is IPX7 certified, this means it can be put under water for up to 30 minutes and 1m depth.

    Except if your shower is taking longer than 30 minutes, having a shower with an Apple Watch is perfectly possible.

  • What would even be the point of showering with the watch on? Much safer to leave it on the sink… 🙁

  • tiger

    Yes, water can get into those holes and block it up until it gets dry…BUT that does NOT mean that your mic and speaker are damaged!!!

    Like Lifeproof, these speakers/mic have a covering inside that prevents water from getting further into the device. Just like Lifeproof, if you have water blocking the grill, you cannot make a call until you dry it off…but does that mean that Lifeproof case is faulty or leaky?? NO.

    Seriously, this is a blog and a BIG issue?? Guys, get a freaking clue! STUPID article.

    Tomorrow, we have another crisis…you cannot use Watch display under water!! OMG, we need to stay away from water!!!

  • tiger

    It is legit…this blog author is an idiot for coming to a conclusion that is beyond stupid.

    • Okay, wise guy. So I guess I’m just making this up out of thin air? Right. Fact of the matter is that it IS a problem, and Apple specifically states NOT to shower with the watch. So I guess that makes Apple and its team a bunch of dummies as well, according to your logic?

      • No, the fact that the microphone stop working after a shower is legit too.

        But your conclusion about it is wrong. This is a perfectly normal behavior and not at all a sign of any damage on the hardware because of the water.

      • tiger

        THINK dude. THINK how the Watch is made. Your conclusion is ridiculous and wrong.

  • The video is legit, but to be perfectly factual, the title is inaccurate. The Apple Watch is not waterproof, only water resistant.

    • Tony Trenkle Jr.

      But Water Resistant’s definition is “Withstands incidental exposure to water of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes”. This video shows it in 10 feet of water, but its not for 30 minutes so I guess that’s still under the resistant label.

  • Joseph Duffy

    I said it in your post two days ago.

    The problem is steam. Never shower with any watch. No matter how water-resistent, steam gets in.

  • randomite123

    Can you give an update to whether or not the water has dried up, and the microphone works or doesn’t work.

  • Purpleloft

    So your solution is to stop having a shower, duh….

  • Allen Gall

    I decided to stop showering with mine yesterday. After leaving the watch on a ledge in my shower, the watch audio stopped working. It gradually came back in the afternoon, but that was enough to make wonder about moisture.

    I’ve also had a problem with Siri and premature interpretation…. I.e., Siri “giving up” and bringing up the mic icon after a second or two. I’m thinking showering with the AW may be causing that, too.

    The problem with moisture damage is that it can be very subtle and cumulative. I’ve gone through this before with high-end mechanical watches.

  • Mikeca

    For what it’s worth and not as a recommendation either way; never had a problem taking the AW into the shower.