Apple Watch Series 2 and later models are water-resistant! But does this mean it is safe to shower with your watch? If so, before you get in the shower with your Apple Watch, what precautions should you take? The following article will explore the water-resistant properties of Apple Watches in more detail and answer all your questions.
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Before we get started, it’s essential to know the difference between waterproof and water-resistant. These two words are sometimes used interchangeably, yet they have distinct meanings. Waterproof means that a device can be submerged safely in water in any scenario irrespective of the depth.
In contrast, being water-resistant means that a device can withstand exposure to water to some extend. The water-resistance properties vary from device to device and model to model. So, it is essential to check the water-resistant rating of your device before taking it into contact with water.
How are smartwatches classified based on water-resistant properties?
Water-resistant devices, including smartwatches, are classified with IP(International Protection) or ATM ratings. But what is the difference between the IP ratings and ATM(Atmospheric Pressure) ratings of a device?
ATM ratings are a comparatively older term and indicate resistance against atmospheric pressure. This means that the watch can withstand air and water pressures when submerged in a pool or ocean at specific depths.
For example, Apple Watch Series 2 and later comes with a water-ressitant rating of 5 ATM. This means that the watch can withstand pressures equivalent to a depth of 50m(1 ATM= 1 meter) in freshwater or ocean water.
On the other hand, IP ratings are newer standards, set by the International Electrotechnical Commission, that indicate protection from dust and liquids such as water exposure at certain pressure levels. The prefix ‘IP’ stands for Ingress Protection.
After the prefix IP, there will be two digits; the first digit represents the protection ratings against dust and dirt. This number ranges from 1-6, and the higher the number, the better the protection. The second digit represents water-resistance ratings ranging from 1 to 8, with the higher ratings indicating more water resistance.
Can You Shower with Apple Watch?
Yes. You can shower with Apple Watch Series 2 and later as they are water-resistant up to 50 meters. But I do not recommend you use your Apple Watch while showering because it involves the risk of exposure to soap, shampoo, or other chemicals such as chlorine.
So, it is best to put your watch away when you shower. This will also help you preserve its water resistance for a more extended time!
Can I expose soap to Apple Watches?
Apple says that it is not safe to expose your Apple watch to soap, conditioners, lotions, or other corrosive materials because it can damage the waterproof sealings of your smartwatch, and your device will become susceptible to water damage.
Additionally, your watch may lose waterproofing due to the following conditions;
- Damage caused by fall. Even if any visible damage is not apparent, it can damage waterproof seals and cause water damage.
- Damage was caused by using a sharp object to open the case’s back or cleaning the watch.
- Cleaning your watch using chemicals or detergents that are not safe for the device.
- Watersports that involve high-pressure waterjets such as skiing, scuba diving, etc., can also damage your watch.
- Since temperature changes can damage your watch, you must always use the smartwatch’s official charging cable and charger. Using third-party chargers may cause overheating, which can damage waterproof sealing result in water damage to the device. So, make sure you charge your Apple smartwatch with the original charger only.
Always take your watch to an Apple-approved Repair Center if you have concerns about water damage. Even if they cannot restore the waterproofing, they can prevent the watch from additional harm caused by the water.
Can I take my Apple Watch swimming?
Yes. You can take your Apple watch 2 and newer models for swimming up to 50 meters underwater. Make sure that you enable the “Water Lock” to disable the touchscreen capabilities of your watch that prevent unwanted navigation or inputs by water while swimming. Once you’re done swimming, just turn off the Water Lock, and your watch will be ready to use again.
After swimming, water enters into the microphones and speaker. Fortunately, the Apple Watch Series 6 and Series 7 have a fantastic feature to expel residual water from the speaker and microphone using sound vibrations. If required, the Apple Watch will ask you to do it again to ensure that all the water is expelled.
If you swim in the sea, it is essential to clean your watch to get rid of the saltwater and other residues that may have built up. Wash the watch with clean water and use a fresh, damp cloth to clean the watch’s case and screen. As mentioned already, do not use soap or cleaning materials that are unsafe for your device.
Apple Watches are a fantastic way to track your health and fitness. You can use them while swimming or even in the rain. However, we recommend never using them while taking a bath because you might expose your watch to soap and shampoo, damaging the device. Why should you take such a risk to damage your expensive smartwatch?