Can I shower with my Apple Watch? (Series 7, 6, SE, 5, 4, 3)

This has been a topic of discussion for a long time now, whether or not apple watches can be worn while taking a shower?

Yes, you can wear Apple Watch while taking a shower, except for Apple Watch Series 0 and 1, but in a controlled environment. Experts from apple do prefer to not expose these watches to any kind of shampoos or conditioners as such substances may cause damage or harm to the water seals or acoustic membranes of the watch. However, these answers do vary with the generation of watches that you are using.

Apple watches that came after series 1, have significantly stronger resistance toward the water which makes them less likely to get damaged due to water spraying through a shower. The automated water-lock feature definitely stands out as the best one in the market. It automatically locks your device when submerged in the water, making sure that there are no accidental touches and no water gets inside the hardware. 

Let us discuss the common queries people put to us regarding the performance of the Apple Watch with water.

The queries we get are:

Waterproof vs. Water Resistant

Water-resistant doesn’t mean Water-proof. So, If your product has water-resistant written in its spec sheet then it means that it can resist water to a certain degree but can not be submerged in water for a long time as that will definitely compromise its seals. However, if your product has waterproof written on it, it can be left inside water for hours and no serious damage will occur due to its components being totally undamageable to water.

Is the Apple Watch completely waterproof or water-resistant?

No, Apple watches are not waterproof but infact they are water resistant to some extent, that is, 50m and it can’t be submerged into water for long duration. However, you can swim or shower while wearing any of Apple watches except the Apple Original and Series 1.

Can I wear my Apple Watch 7 in the shower?

Theoretically Yes, but our preference will be a no. Apple Watch Series 7 is definitely a water-resistant watch but you need to realize the fact that when you are having a shower, you are not only exposing your watch to water but to soap as well. These liquids are prone to break the water seal of your watch. However, you can wear it while swimming as it is swimproof up to 50 meters and is accompanied by many health applications that track your swim workout and present you the information in detail. 

Can I wear my Apple Watch SE in the shower?

Yes, you can wear it according to Apple, but from a user perspective, you must not. Although the Apple Watch SE is not waterproof, it is water-resistant, which means you may wear it while swimming in up to 50 meters of water. If immersed below a shallow depth, this watch is not designed for lengthy swimming.

Can I wear my Apple Watch 6 in the shower?

Yes, but our preference will be a no. Apple Watch 6 was released in 2018, with a few newer additions but the water resistance feature had the same extent as of earlier generations. It is definitely a water-resistant watch but you need to realize the fact that when you are having a shower, you are not only exposing your watch to water but to soap as well. These liquids are prone to break the water seal of your watch. 

Can I wear my Apple Watch 5 in the shower?

Yes, you can definitely wear Apple Watch 5 in the shower but you need to be careful about it. Apple watch series 2,3,4,5,6  and 7 are water-resistant which makes them suitable for wearing while swimming or taking a shower. However, you need to make sure that there is no contact of any chemical liquid with your watch or else you’ll have to spend some bucks.

Can I wear my Apple Watch 4 in the shower?

Yes, Apple watch series that are released after series 1, can be worn while taking a shower or going for a swim. With features like heart, monitor can track your swimming activity with in-depth results. However, the in-depth that you should not go for is in-depth swimming as Apple watch 4 can only be water resistant up to 50m. Exposing it to liquids like shampoo and soap is also not preferred as they can sustain damage to the water seals and acoustic membranes. 

Can I Wash My Hands With Apple Watch?

Well, yes you can definitely wash your hands while you’re wearing an Apple watch, however, it is advised not to use soap or any liquid that is dense and thick. It is because such liquids hold the tendency to damage the seals and membranes which are meant to protect the watch from any outward impurities like water and dust. Not only you can wash your hands but you can also use your watch in the rain which clearly means that it is totally fine to wash your hands with plain water while wearing an apple watch.

Do I need to do anything to my Apple watch before getting it wet?

Well, technically they all are water-resistant but since we all know that Apple always comes up with a luxury added to it, you get a hi-tech feature of apple water-lock. Apple watches have a feature of detecting hand wash automatically via tape water sound and hand movement, so it automatically enables the “water lock” for 20 seconds or more, it makes sure that your watch sustains no damage or gets any accidental touches. Moreover, it prevents water to enter the speakers or any open spaces in the watch. 

For using this functionality:

  • You need to activate your Apple Water-Lock from the menu bar. Once activated, it will lock the vents for any kind of water intake and will also lock your touch screen for avoiding unwanted touch. 
  • However, when you will unlock this feature, it will eject all of the water that somehow managed to get inside and you will have a fully functioning dry watch.

Apple watch water lock

Is Apple Watch water damage covered by warranty?

Well, you might have to bite the dust on this one as Apple claims to not cover any insurance regarding water damage to your device. It is because they have a solid reason for it. Apple has often emphasized its water-resistance technology but at the same time, apple officials advise its users to not expose their watch to water on a frequent basis, especially in such liquids that contain chemicals inside them as they are bound to cause damage to the membranes of your watch. This is why you all need to make sure that you don’t damage your watch through some water or else there will be nothing left at the apple customer care center. 

Our thoughts

We think that Apple watches that are within the 3rd generation and so on, can handle your daily showers and swim routines. However, overexploiting them can definitely create an issue for you as certain conditions are required to expose them to water. So the best option is to rather take off your apple watch while taking a relaxing shower. And come on! It definitely creates no big difference whether you have your watch on your wrist or in the drawer while taking a shower. Better careful than careless. 

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