Can I Wear My Apple Watch in the Shower?


You might have heard that you can wear an Apple Watch in the shower and that it is waterproof. However, if you are still unsure about wearing it in the shower, this blog post will help you figure out everything that you need to know!  

The answer is yes, you can wear your Apple Watch in the shower. Yet, there are certain risks involved as the watch is practically water-resistant and not water-proof. Hence, contact with soapy water or any other bathing products may cause your watch to malfunction.  

To know more about it to make a final decision, you might want to read further!  

Is It Possible to Use An Apple Watch in the Shower?  

Many of us often have a habit of wearing our watches wherever we go and whenever we want just to keep track of time. For many, this might involve showers too. So, if you have an Apple Watch with you, you might wonder whether it is a good idea or even possible to wear an Apple Watch in the shower.  

 To understand this, you first need to know the difference between the water-resistant nature and the waterproof nature of an object.  

Water-resistance means that a specific object can resist water. However, it won’t necessarily stop the water from entering the surface of any object for long.  

On the other hand, you have waterproof objects. These things are impervious to water which means that they don’t allow the water to pass through the surface. Thus, keeping the object safe from water.  

Hence, Apple Watches are usually water-resistant and not water-proof. This means that while they can stop the water from entering, they can’t do it for long. Hence, leading to the entry of water into your watch and causing it to malfunction.  

Due to the above reason, keep in mind the below things to have proper clarity.  

  • You can use your Apple Watch in the shower but if it comes in contact with soaps, lotions, or other bathing items, then it can lead to improper functioning. It is because these items may lead to the damage of your watch’s acoustic membranes and water seals too.  
  • According to Apple itself, you should decide against wearing your watch if you’re planning to go into deep water.  
  • Lastly, the water-resistance nature of an Apple Watch isn’t permanent as you cannot reseal it. Hence, overexposure to soaps, detergents, lotions, etc. can degrade the water-resistance of your Apple Watch.  

In short, if you can avoid wearing your Apple Watch in the shower, do it rather than wearing it and causing it to malfunction in the long run.  

How to Use An Apple Watch in the Shower?  

If you wish to use an Apple Watch in the shower, you might want to consider a few precautions before you go ahead with it. One of the most important ones being using a ‘water lock’.  

So, what exactly is a ‘water lock’ and how do you activate it in your watch? Here’s how you can do it: 

Step 1: Use the ‘Water Lock’ Feature  

The very first thing that you need to do is turn on the ‘water lock’ feature. But, how does it work?  

The water lock feature basically locks the screen of your Apple Watch. This makes sure that there are no accidental taps whenever you are showering, bathing, or even swimming.  

Step 2: Find ‘Water Lock’ Icon 

In order to turn on the ‘water lock’ feature, you need to open the control center. Do it by simply swiping up the screen of your Apple Watch.  

Then, find the water lock icon by scrolling through the control center. It just looks like a water droplet. Once you find it, you need to activate it.  

Step 3: Activate the ‘Water Lock’ 

The last step is to activate the water lock. Just tap on the icon and it will be activated. To make sure it is activated, you will see the water droplet in the middle of the face of your Apple Watch.  

Step 4: Turn It Off Once You Are Done  

Lastly, simply turn off the water lock. When you turn it off, you’ll hear some noises. These noises are nothing but the Apple Watch clearing the water from its speakers.  

In this way, you can make use of the ‘water lock’ to take extra care of your Apple Watch in the shower.  

Which Apple Watches Are Water-Resistant?  

Almost every Apple Watch has water-resistant but not water-proof nature. Hence, all of them can resist water up to a certain limit.  

However, every Apple Watch has a different level of water-resistance. For example, Apple Watch 1 has minimal water resistance. Due to this reason, it is better to avoid taking it in the shower.  

On the other hand, other Apple Watches like 2, 3, 4, and 5 series can offer water-resistance up to 50 meters. Additionally, Apple Watches in series 4 and 5 do offer better water resistance.  

Yet, it is still not recommended as overtime, the water-resistance of these watches may decrease significantly.  

Final Thoughts – Should You Wear Apple Watch in the Shower?  

To conclude, wearing an Apple Watch in the shower isn’t exactly a crime but isn’t recommended either.  

So, from here, you can go two ways. One, where you wear your Apple Watch daily in the shower. In this case, your watch might come in contact with soap, or any other such liquids and cause your Apple Watch’s acoustic membrane to get damaged. Moreover, in the long run, your Apple Watch might also lose its water-resistance completely.  

If you go the other way, you can use the Apple Watch only when you don’t use soapy solutions while bathing. Or, you can just remove your watch while taking a bath and prevent it from getting damaged.  

Lastly, if you are deciding to go ahead with the first option, make sure that you always turn on the ‘water lock’ to ensure additional safety.  

Rest, the choice is yours! 

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