It can be nerve-wracking to wear yourinto the shower, or as you take a dip in the swimming pool. It’s an expensive piece of tech, and we’ve been programmed to keep our favorite gadgets away from water at all costs. But with most Apple Watch models, you don’t have to worry about it. In fact, Apple designed the watch so that you could wear it while swimming. Heck, all of the newer models can withstand saltwater. It even has a fancy water ejection feature that’s downright fun to use.
There are, however, some limits you need to know about. Anything that involves high-pressure water, like water skiing, is a no-go.
Deciphering water resistance and waterproof ratings can be headache-inducing, but we’ve taken on that burden and break down all of the do’s and don’ts for getting your Apple Watch wet. Below you’ll find what you can and can’t do with your Apple Watch around water.
These Apple Watch models are less water resistant
The first-generation Apple Watch — sometimes referred to as Series 0 — and the second-generation Apple Watch, the Series 1, aren’t really made to handle more than the occasional splash. Apple does not recommend submerging either model at all, as the speaker and microphone can get damaged.
If you do go for a dip with these earlier Apple Watch models, you’ll need to take the watch off and place it on its side with the speaker facing down. The speaker is on the left side of the housing. This will allow any water inside the cavity to drain out. Do not use a can of compressed air, or any other tool, to remove the water, as you can cause damage.
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