What to do after showering or swimming with Apple Watch and getting it wet

Did you drop your Apple Watch in water, swim with it, shower with it, or get it wet while washing your hands? For the most part, your watch should be fine. But still, here are a few things to do and some information related to your Apple Watch’s water resistance capability.

Dropped Apple Watch in water

Apple Watch water resistance

All Apple Watch models have some level of water resistance.

Apple Watch 1st generation (standard, Sport, Edition) and Apple Watch Series 1 are splash and water resistant, with an IP rating of IPX7. They can be used during light rain, washing hands, exercising, and such activities. However, Apple recommends you don’t submerge these watches in water. That means no swimming or showering with these models.

Apple Watch Series 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and Apple Watch SE (1st and 2nd generation) are water resistant up to 50 meters. This makes these newer watches usable for shallow-water activities like swimming, showering, etc. However, it would be best if you do not use them during intense water activities like scuba diving, waterskiing, etc.

Apple Watch Series 7 and Series 8 are water resistant up to 50 meters and also IP6X dust resistant, making them good for swimming, showering, surfing, etc. However, you shouldn’t use it for intense activities like scuba diving, waterskiing, and such.

Apple Watch Ultra has an IP6X dust-resistant rating and a water resistance rating of 100 meters. You can use it for scuba diving up to 40 meters and other high-speed water sports. However, Apple cautions that you shouldn’t use Apple Watch Ultra for diving below 40 meters underwater.


Is the water-resistant capability of the Apple Watch a permanent feature?

Unfortunately, no. Though Apple Watches have good water resistance, this feature isn’t permanent. Will your Apple Watch survive drenching in water or water submersion depends on several factors like the age of your watch, water type & temperature, past repair work, the stress put on the watch, and more.

Therefore, you must take care of your Apple Watch and protect it from water damage. Always remember that water damage isn’t covered under warranty, and thus you will have to pay to get your water-damaged Apple Watch fixed.

Things to do after dropping your Apple Watch in water or getting it wet

Follow these tips to ensure your Apple Watch isn’t damaged by water or other liquids like sweat, etc.

1. In most cases, your watch is fine

As mentioned above, all Apple Watch models have some kind of water seal. So, you’re good to go even if you got your watch significantly wet while washing your hands or something similar.

There is no need to do anything special except wiping off the liquid. If you were swimming with it, make sure to rinse it with fresh water, as most swimming pools have chlorine, salts, and other chemicals mixed into the water.

However, if you believe the watch was submerged underwater for a long time, make sure to eject the water from its speaker grills.

2. Force eject water from Apple Watch

Apple Watch (Series 2 and later) has a water lock feature plus a built-in option to play a tone that forces water out of the speaker grills.

Before you start swimming with your Apple Watch or take a shower wearing it, you should enable water lock by going to Control Center and tapping the water drop icon. This locks your Apple Watch’s screen and makes it unresponsive to touch, thus preventing accidental input when you’re in the water. Then, once you’re done swimming or showering, simply turn the Digital Crown to eject the water.

Even if you didn’t turn on the water lock, you can play a special sound to eject the water from the speaker grills. Here’s how:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your Apple Watch face to open Control Center. If you’re inside an app, press and hold the bottom part of the screen before swiping up.
  2. Tap the water lock icon. Now, your Apple Watch display will not respond to any touch. You’ll see a blue water droplet icon on the top of the screen.
  3. Finally, to eject the water, turn the Digital Crown. Your watch will now make a sound and push the water out of its speaker. Once this is done, the water lock feature is turned off automatically, restoring your Apple Watch’s display to respond to touches.
Three Apple Watch mockups showing how to eject water from Apple Watch

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3. Turn off your Apple Watch temporarily

If something isn’t working as it should, go ahead and power down your Apple Watch. After doing this, wait for a while before turning it back on.

Power off Apple Watch

4. Don’t put a wet Apple Watch on its charger

Make sure you don’t put your wet Apple Watch to charge. If you just finished a sweaty exercise and want to charge your watch, take a few seconds to properly wipe the bottom portion where the charging connector is before putting the watch on the charging puck.

5. Remove the Apple Watch band

There is a hidden connector on Apple Watches (except Series 7) behind the watch band, which is used for performing diagnostic tasks by technicians.

This connector is carefully sealed by a cap, but if you believe your Apple Watch was under water for a long time, you should remove the watch band and dry off the water that may be in that band slot. Doing so will prevent water from trying to go inside that special hidden connector.

Apple Watch diagnostic port

6. Your Apple Watch band may not be water resistant

Even though your Apple Watch is splash and water resistant, your band may not be.

The Sport band (that comes in the box) is water resistant. But other bands like the leather band or Apple Watch bands you get from Amazon may not survive repeated water exposure.

Therefore, make sure you wipe away the water or sweat from your watch bands and let them dry.

Note: Many watch bands made of leather, fabric, etc., may develop a bad smell if you often get them wet and don’t dry them properly.

Leather loop Apple Watch band

7. Are you using a case for your Apple Watch?

If you use a case or cover for your Apple Watch, consider removing it after getting your watch wet. Doing so will ensure the water that may have sneaked inside the case evaporates quickly without developing any stains.

SUPCASE rugged Apple Watch case

These are some things to do after getting your Apple Watch wet or once you finish swimming, showering, or engaging in water activities with your watch. If you have other tips, please share them with us.

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