Are Apple Watches Waterproof?


In recent years, Apple Watches have become increasingly popular for their sleek design and useful features. Notably, one of the features that has been a major selling point for many consumers is the watch’s water resistance capabilities. But just how waterproof are Apple Watches?

Is my Apple Watch waterproof?

The Apple Watch is a revolutionary device that can be used for daily tasks and activities, but one of the questions many people ask is whether it’s waterproof or just water-resistant. The answer is that while the Apple Watch is water-resistant, it’s not waterproof. Apple Watches can be worn and used safely during daily activities like walking in the rain or washing your hands, taking into consideration the model you have.

Apple Watch Series 1 and older models have a water-resistance rating of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529, while Apple Watch Series 2 and later models are rated at 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010. Also, the Apple Watch Ultra edition has a remarkable water-resistance rating of 100 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010 and is EN13319 compliant, which makes it suitable for swimming in shallow water. Lastly, all Apple Watch models from series 7 onward are also highly dust resistant with an IP6X rating.

Is it safe to wear an Apple Watch while participating in water activities such as scuba diving, swimming, or showering?

It is possible to go scuba diving, swimming and take a shower with your Apple Watch depending on which model you have. If you have an Ultra version of the watch, then it can be worn while Recreational scuba diving up to 40 metres (130 feet) and other activities such as swimming and water skiing. The Series 2 and later models are suitable for shallow-water activities, such as swimming in pools or oceans, but not for any deeper dives. However, the Series 1 and first generation Apple Watches are only splash-resistant and shouldn’t be submerged. Furthermore, certain types of bands that come with the watch aren’t designed to handle liquids like fresh water – notably stainless steel and leather bands should be kept away from liquids. It’s important to follow instructions provided in your watch user guide for safety if using the Apple Watch Ultra for any underwater activities.

What are the recommended steps to take if an Apple Watch comes into contact with water?

If your Apple Watch has been exposed to fresh water, it is important to take the appropriate steps in order to ensure that it remains in good condition. Firstly, you should use a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth to gently wipe away any excess moisture from the device. Do not use any sort of heat or compressed air because this may damage your watch. To ensure the durability of your Apple Watch series 2 or later while swimming, it is advisable to rinse it gently with warm water. It is recommended to dry both yourself and your Apple Watch, as well as its band, thoroughly after engaging in physical activity or experiencing heavy sweating.

Lastly, familiarize yourself with the cleaning instructions on the Apple website for further guidance on how to keep your watch clean and operational long term.

A note about water resistance

Water resistance is an important feature for many people when it comes to buying a smartwatch. Unfortunately Apple Watches don’t use the IP rating system like most electronics, so people need to understand their rating differently than they would a phone or tablet. The “50 meters” rating on some of Apple’s watches means that it has been tested in laboratories up to 4.5 times the atmospheric pressure of the surface – however this wouldn’t necessarily mean that you should take it to those depths yourself. Unless you are particularly looking for a watch with diving capabilities, something like the Ultra model may be overkill, and if you really want the experience then look into getting a Garmin Descent instead. On top of that, it’s important to remember that Apple Watches are not designed to take repeated high-energy impacts and any such exposure can cause serious damage.