Nowadays, more and more electronic devices are water resistant, including the Apple Watch. Unless you have a first-generation watch, you can wear it in the shower while swimming in a pool or a lake and running until you sweat. In fact, the Watch not only keeps water out; it can actually expel all the excess water that has ended up in the factory.
There is a quick way to seal your watch against water damage before taking a shower or jumping into the pool.
- Swipe up from the bottom of a screen to open the Command Center.
- Scroll up or down by turning the Digital Crown or tapping the screen with your finger until you see the water drop icon. Tap it.
A few things happen at that time: your watch shuts down the speakers and microphones and the screen no longer responds to ticking or swiping.
Turn the crown of the watch when you come out of the water. . The watch beeps a few times, expels all the water that has entered the speakers and microphones and reactivates the screen.
Your watch also shuts itself off when the activity monitor detects that you are swimming or when you tell it that you are starting a swimming workout. When finished, unlock your watch by turning the crown.
Please note that the watch is only water resistant, not waterproof which means it cannot handle lower depths (such as diving) or higher power (such as water skiing). In addition, Apple warns that substances such as soapy water, lotions, and sunscreen or environments such as steam baths and saunas may eventually wear the water-resistant seals of the Watch. Finally, check your watch band; not all are water resistant.
So enjoy your dive, but don't worry about it.
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