Water resistant Apple Watch Series 5, 4, 3, 2, 1: is it possible to swim and what you need to know

Water resistance is one of the main criteria when choosing a watch. Many mistakenly believe, that all Apple Watch are waterproof, However, it is not.

Shallow diving is only allowed with the Apple Watch Series 5, 4, 3 and 2, while the first generation of watches and Series 1 models are only resistant to moisture and splash.

Water resistant and water resistant: what’s the difference?

As we see, between water resistance and water resistance (water resistance) there is a difference. In the case of the Apple Watch Series 1, the device is waterproof, but by no means waterproof. It means, that you can wear your favorite gadget in any weather, wash hands and play sports, not worrying about, that drops of sweat can damage the watch. However, diving with them in the water is not recommended.

Can I swim or take a shower with the Apple Watch Series 5, 4, 3 and Series 2?

Apple Watch Series 5, 4, 3 and 2 can not be removed when swimming in the pool and swimming in the sea (special mode must be enabled «Water lock» more about this below), however for diving and other water sports, involving deep diving or high speed water exposure, they do not fit. Taking a shower, this watch can not be removed, however contact with shampoo, soap, body and hair care products, as well as with perfumes is undesirable, as they can damage the waterproof partitions and acoustic membranes. If any substance gets on the watch, except water, wipe them with a clean, lint-free cloth, slightly moistened with water, and then wipe dry.

Remember, that water resistance is not constant and may vary. It depends on a number of factors, including from, did your gadget fall, whether exposed to detergents or cosmetics, acids, acidic foods or hair dyes. Besides, water resistance may decrease, if you wore Apple Watch in a bathhouse or sauna or did extreme water sports in them. Do not forget also, that not all straps are water resistant. For instance, leather and steel bracelets are best kept away from water.

Can I swim or take a shower with the Apple Watch Series 1?

Not. As mentioned above, Apple Watch Series 1 are waterproof (resistant to moisture and splash), but not waterproof.

What to do, if water gets on your Apple Watch?

If water gets on the watch, wipe them dry with a clean, lint-free cloth. Do not place them on a battery or near other heat sources, blow dry or spray dry.

After training in the gym, wipe your watch and sweat strap, also clean your wrist, on which to wear a watch. Apple Watch Series 2 and 3 can be flushed with warm tap water. After cleaning, always wipe the device thoroughly with a clean, lint-free cloth.


If water gets into the speaker hole, the sound may become dull, but do not try to insert something into it, to clean. Shaking the gadget is also not necessary. Just let it charge until morning, so that the moisture evaporates. The same goes for barometric altimeter, the accuracy of which may be lost after water has entered the ventilation device.

Apple Watch Series 1

Check, Does water get into the microphone or speaker of the Apple Watch Series 1?, can be as follows. Put the watch on a lint-free cloth with the speaker down and look, is liquid leaking. Until, until the water evaporates completely, it can affect the operation of the speakers and microphone.

Apple Watch Series 5, 4, 3 and 2

Before Planned Dive With Apple Watch Series 5, 4, 3 and 2, it is recommended to activate the mode «Water lock». In this mode, tapping the screen, Digital Crown buttons and wheel will be locked.

How to enable mode «Water lock» on apple watch: 2 ways

1. You can activate the workout «Pool» on apple watch. In this case, the watch will go into «Water lock» and automatically lock the screen, to exclude accidental clicks on it.

2. If you do not want to start training, enable function «Water lock» can be manually. To do this, swipe up on the screen to go to «Command centre» and click on the icon in the form of a drop of water.

How to turn off the mode «Water lock» on the apple watch and push the water out

When finish swimming, quickly turn the Digital Crown wheel a few times to unlock the screen and remove water from the Apple Watch.

What else to know about Apple Watch’s fluid contact

Pool water contains chemicals, which may damage Apple Watch components. Besides, contact with salt water can accelerate corrosion of watches, therefore proper care is required. Rinse the Apple Watch carefully with clean water after a swimming session.

Need to notice, that Apple strongly discourages exposing smart watches to soap or soapy water, shampoo, spirits, repellents, sunscreen, lotions and other products, containing chemicals, as they can damage the waterproof partitions and acoustic membranes.