Curious whether your Apple Watch is Really Waterproof?? Or, perhaps you’re eyeing a waterproof Apple Watch for your upcoming scuba diving escapades?
Your Apple Watch is water-resistant, but it’s essential to note that it’s not entirely waterproof. For instance, having your Apple Watch on is perfectly fine during activities like working out (even if you break a sweat), strolling in the rain, or simply washing your hands. It is also important to note that water resistance is not a permanent condition and it diminishes with time.
It’s important to note that Apple exclusively provides IP ratings for dust resistance. All Apple Watch models, beginning with Series 8 onward, are equipped with an IP6X dust resistance rating. In this context, the “X” indicates that there is no specific data available regarding protection against liquid particles.
In contrast to most other devices, Apple doesn’t employ the standard IP water resistance rating for its Apple Watch and iPhone. Instead, it opts for a depth-based rating system. For instance, Apple Watch Series 2 through Series 8 boasts a water depth rating of up to 50 meters.
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Latest Apple Watch Series & their IP Ratings
|Apple Watch Model||Water-resistance||IP6X (Dust-resistance)||Supported Activities|
|Apple Watch Series Ultra||Up to 100 meters||Yes||Water skiing, scuba diving, & other water sports|
|Apple Watch SE (2022)||Up to 50 meters||Yes||Swimming, shower, pool, beach, rain|
|Apple Watch Series 8||Up to 50 meters||Yes||Swimming, shower, pool, beach, rain|
|Apple Watch Series 7||Up to 50 meters||Yes||Swimming, beach, light rain, shower, pool|
|Apple Watch SE (2020)||Up to 50 meters||No||Swimming, beach, light rain, shower, pool|
|Apple Watch Series 6||Up to 50 meters||No||Swimming, beach, light rain, shower, pool|
|Apple Watch Series 5||Up to 50 meters||No||Swimming, beach, light rain, shower, pool|
|Apple Watch Series 4||Up to 50 meters||No||Swim, shower, pool, beach, light rain|
|Apple Watch Series 3||Up to 50 meters||No||Swim, shower, pool, beach, light rain|
|Apple Watch Series 2||Up to 50 meters||No||Shower, swim, other shallow-water activities|
|Apple Watch Series 1||Splash resistant only. Submerging is not recommended.||No||Washing hands, cleaning the car, light rain, etc.|
How to use Water Lock and remove water from your Apple Watch
When you take a dip, your Apple Watch automatically activates the Water Lock, which secures the screen to prevent accidental taps. On the Apple Watch Ultra, this feature engages when it’s submerged at depths of 10 meters or less.
After your swim, you can clear water from your Apple Watch by simply pressing and holding the Digital Crown. As you do this, you’ll hear a sequence of tones as the speaker expels any remaining water.
To manually remove water from your Apple Watch, swipe up from the Watch Face or, on watchOS 10, press the Side button to reveal the Control Center. From there, select the Water Lock icon. Finally, press and hold the Digital Crown to unlock the screen and dispel the water.
What to do if your Apple Watch gets wet and won’t turn on
- Wipe it dry. Use a soft, lint-free cloth to wipe the Apple Watch dry. Avoid using paper towels, as they can leave fibers behind that could damage the watch.
- Put it in a bag of rice. Rice is a good absorbent material that can help to draw out the moisture from the watch. Place the watch in a bag of rice for at least 24 hours.
- Try turning it on. After 24 hours, try turning the watch on. If it still doesn’t turn on, you can try the following:
- Charge the watch for at least 30 minutes.
- Restore the watch to factory settings.
- Take the watch to an Apple Authorized Service Provider.