Read this article before swimming on your Apple Watch.

Over the past few years, protection against moisture and dust in smartphones and wearable technology has become the standard. This is especially true for wearable electronics, because we carry smartwatches and other similar gadgets with us almost around the clock, and without moisture protection there is nowhere.

With advanced functionality in mind, over the past few years, smartwatches have gone from being geeky gadgets to really useful devices for tracking athletic performance, in particular swimming.

So in this material we will figure it out, where you can swim in Apple Watch and where you can’tand how to properly care for your watch.

Which Apple Watch is waterproof and where you can swim in it

The perforated silicone strap is the best swim solution for your Apple Watch.

According to the official information on the Apple website, the company’s smart watches have two types of moisture protection: water resistance and water resistance.

Water resistance according to standard IPX7 possess Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch of the very first generation… The most that you can do in them is to wash your hands, walk in the rain and not be afraid of the harmful effects of sweat during intense training. But you cannot take a shower or even more so swim in them. In no case!

All Apple Watch Series 2 and up are water resistant.

The complete list looks like this:

⚫️ Apple Watch Series 2
⚫️ Apple Watch Series 3
⚫️ Apple Watch Series 4
⚫️ Apple Watch Series 5
⚫️ Apple Watch Series 6
⚫️ Apple Watch SE

The case protection of these models can withstand immersion up to 50 m… It is no longer possible to go deeper, so they are not suitable for diving, but just right for snorkeling. Also, they should not be used for water sports when the watch is in direct contact with splashes at high speed.

Swimming mode

The built-in function will help to get rid of only a small part of the water that has got inside.

Before you go into the water with the clock, turn on swimming mode. To do this, open the control center and click on the drop icon. This will lock the touchscreen and prevent accidental clicks.

To turn off the swimming mode – turn the wheel to the end Digital Crown… The Apple Watch will then play a special sound to help flush out some of the water that has entered the speakers.

Where to swim and what to do after

Even contact with soap, shampoos and shower gels can deteriorate the oleophobic coating on the display.

In your Apple Watch Series 2 and newer, you can swim in the pool, river, sea, take a shower, take a bath, but a bath or a sauna is contraindicated for hours. Each of the cases has its own recommendations for care.

If you go to the pool, keep in mind that there may be various special solutions in the water, such as bleach, which also have a chance to accumulate inside microphones and speakers.

It is possible that in some cases these solutions and accumulations can negatively affect the properties of moisture protection. Therefore, after training, be sure to rinse the watch under running water without strong pressure.

It’s the same with showering and swimming in the river – after you go out, rinse Apple Watch under the tap. You can swim in the sea with your Apple Watch, but it’s best not to, because salt water can accelerate the corrosion of watch components.

If this does happen, be sure to rinse the watch with water and wipe it with a dry cloth. The same recommendations apply to intense workouts when sweat gets on the watch body.

From drying with a hair dryer, some elements can expand under the influence of warm air, and thus moisture can get inside.

If you are worried about the presence of water in the holes of the microphones and speakers, under no circumstances do not dry Apple Watch or shake it out.

Here’s a better option: just grab your watch and put it on charge! This will replenish the depleted battery charge, and over time, the water from all the holes will evaporate by itself.

I also recommend installing the Sonic app on your iPhone and Apple Watch. It’s free, and you can use it to generate sound waves of different frequencies. It also helps to get rid of some of the water.

Moisture protection is a non-permanent property

This rule also applies to smartphones. Alas…

Unfortunately, the water resistance and water resistance of the Apple Watch are only temporary properties, which can be lost over time. It can also be affected by impacts from the case, the ingress of soap, shampoos, cosmetics, perfume and alcohol.

All of these fluids can damage waterproof baffles and acoustic membranes. Keep this in mind if you have been using smartwatches for a long time or buying from the secondary market. Well, so that prolong the effect of this property; simply avoid contact with the above materials.

About straps

Metal, after all, is susceptible to corrosion and rusting, so contact with water for such straps is also contraindicated.

In addition to the smartwatch itself, be sure to keep an eye out forWhat straps do you use when swimming. Do not dive into the water with leather straps, block and metal bracelets (for example, a Milanese loop).

But water treatments can safely tolerate silicone straps, fabric and nylon. As for the last two, I can advise them to periodically wash and wash them, otherwise you risk not only losing their appearance, but also catch any irritation on the wrist.

Personal experience

Apple Watch is an extremely durable watch.

I have been using Apple Watch for about two years now, and I started smartwatches and fitness bracelets even earlier, and none of my devices died from water. I’ll make a reservation right away that this is a personal experience and you shouldn’t rely on it completely, because everything can be completely different for you.

So, it happened that in my Apple Watch I went to the bath, shower, pool, swam in the river, and never had any problems. But I didn’t do it systematically! This does not mean that their hull is like a tank and that he is not afraid of anything, no!

Most likely, Apple incorporates into its smartwatches the property of water resistance and water resistance with some margin for safety, which is not reported to us. And he does the right thing!

So I can safely say that if you follow the recommendations written in the material, if possible, monitor how you use your watch, Apple Watch can serve you faithfully for more than one year or even a couple of years.

Rather, they will run out of battery life and run out of software support, rather than physically fail.

Source: — Новости высоких технологий, обзоры смартфонов, презентации Apple by

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