The Apple Watch is another great invention by Apple. The latest Apple Watch Series 7 provides great benefits to the users. From better-charging speed to retina display to even improved durability of the watch.
It is stated that this latest model of Apple Watch can easily resist water better than any other previous Apple Watch model before but is it waterproof? Or is it just another myth? If the Apple Watch is waterproof, how much it can resist?
The water resistance depends on what model of Apple Watch you have but if you have the latest Apple Watch 7 series then you can say that it’s waterproof. But for the previous Apple Watch models, we are here to educate you more about the same.
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Difference between Waterproof and Water-resistant?
There is a difference between being Water-Resistant and being Waterproof. Water Resistance is the capability to resist the infiltration of water on any electronic device, however, this lower-grade form of water protection cannot serve as a guarantee that your electronic devices are completely protected from water when they come in contact with water.
Now, if something is Water-Repellent, then it has hydrophobic coatings that resist the intrusion of water on any electronic device. This function provides a medium level of protection from water intrusion but still, it is not a sure thing.
Now, if any electronic device is Waterproof, then it is completely impervious to water i.e. water can’t be passed on to that device easily. If the device is completely submersible in water, it won’t affect the device easily.
Are Apple watches waterproof or water-resistant?
Now, if you have the old models of the Apple watch, like the Apple watch 1 then you might be out of luck because those models are Water and Splash Resistant. Hence, it is highly advised that don’t submerge the older Apple Watch versions inside the water as they’re not completely waterproof.
Do Apple watches are waterproof?
With every Apple watch, you get a rate that indicates how Waterproof they are or how Water-resistant they might be. Models from Apple Watch 2 or higher are rated as Water-Resistant up to 50 meters of water. They have the WR50 label written on them. Watches before Apple 2 are only Splash-Resistant. Submerging any of the generation 1 watches in water will only result in an electrical failure on the device
No Apple Watch models are waterproof. They are only water-resistant. Apple Watch 2 is rated for swimming at shallow depths like swimming pools or beaches as it can take water up to 50 Meters. You can even take a shower with these Apple Watch 2 but it is, not advised to expose the watches anywhere near the toiletries or bathroom area as they can damage the water seals on the watch.
One of the main things to consider while buying an Apple Watch is that if the Apple Watch is water-resistant, that doesn’t mean it will remain the same all time. The water-resistant strengths only last up until the seals and adhesives stay intact on the Apple Watch. Once these seals break down, then your Apple Watch becomes vulnerable to damage.
To keep the adhesive secure and tight, you should avoid going to steam rooms, sauna, or soapy water. Also, don’t expose the Apple Watch to chemicals, or don’t drop the Apple Watch on the ground at a higher height as that too may affect the seal and cause it to break.
Just because your Apple Watches is said to be water-resistant does not mean you should expose the watch to extreme conditions and test its resistivity. So, avoid these things to increase the longevity of the Apple Watch
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Can you swim with your Apple watch?
This again depends on the model you might have. If it is Apple watch 1 then the answer is not. This is because these watches are only splash resistant and would get damaged easily and have an electrical failure if they’re submerged in water.
But if you have Apple watch 2 or higher model, then you can wear the watch when you’re swimming as they have a water-resistant level up to 50 meters. You can even take them to the beach and ocean side also. After swimming, you must remember to clean your Apple Watch with clean water to remove the Chlorine or Saltwater which are chemicals that can easily damage the Apple Watch if these chemicals get inside the watch.
Apple watches starting from model 2 till the latest ones are all excellent choices for swimmers and they’re highly recommended to wear when you’re swimming on the pool or beach side.
What does the water drop icon on Apple watch mean?
When your Apple Watch is submerged in water, your watch activates the water lock system instantly which helps to protect your Apple Watch from water damage. This also locks the screen through which you can’t perform any function on the watch when the watch is submerged in water.
When you are swimming or even running in the rain, you can unlock this system and remove the water that has gotten in. The Apple Watch will give a vibration that would remove water from the speakers and would only take a few seconds to happen.
How to remove water from the watch?
To remove the water from the Apple Watch, you must follow the steps given below:
Swipe on the bottom side of the watch and open the control center.
Now, click on the water droplet icon to unlock the Water Lock system.
Turn the digital crown to unlock the screen and also clear water from the speaker using the vibrations.
Through these steps, you can easily eject water from the Apple Watch through the Water Lock system.
Though the Apple Watch is not waterproof, it is still water-resistant. You can take any model of Apple watch after the second version into the water up to 50 meters range but that doesn’t mean that you have to test it and check the durability of the Apple Watch as this can cost you a lot.
You must manage your Apple Watch with proper care and safety as all the electronic items and gadgets are very delicate and sensitive, especially in terms of water. Treating them properly will only increase their durability and you can use the watch as long as possible.