An Apple Watch should only be cleaned gradually and with care. We’ll go over each step so you understand what to do and, more importantly, what not to do.
How to clean Apple watch is a frequently asked question. Every time you touch your Apple Watch, there’s a chance that bacteria and other dangerous microbes will get on it.
To avoid contracting an illness, it is important to regularly clean your Apple Watch. Here are some safe ways to do that.
How to Clean Your Apple Watch in 5 Steps?
Here is our step by step guide on cleaning Apple watch.
1. Remove the Watchband
Your Apple Watch’s band should be taken off in order to begin cleaning it.
Place the watch face down on a smooth, clean surface and remove the band from the watch. Keep the band release buttons depressed. These two buttons are located in the center, where the band and watch meet.
Slide the band out of the way while depressing the release buttons, and then take it off entirely.
2. Remove Grime
Check your Apple Watch carefully for any dirt that may have accumulated in all the hard-to-reach places. Pay close attention to the speaker ports, the area around the button and Digital Crown, and the band slot.
Utilizing the cotton swab, try to dislodge any ingrained dirt from your watch’s crevices. If the dirt won’t budge, try holding your watch under cool, running water to help remove it (but never use soapy water; check Apple’s support page to learn how water-resistant your specific Apple Watch model is). Then attempt the cotton swab once more.
If you feel you can be extra gentle, you can try this technique on the speaker port and around the Digital Crown (as shown in the photo below). Using an interdental brush to clean small spaces on your electronic devices is a great idea, provided you’re extremely careful with it. Use only the brush’s sides; do not use the tip. Additionally, resist the urge to clean your Apple Watch with compressed air.
3. Wipe the Apple Watch Front and Back
Wipe down the front and back of your Apple Watch with one of the two cleaning cloths after wetting it with clean water. Before using the cloth to clean your watch, make sure it is damp but not dripping wet by squeezing out any extra water. You should wipe away any dirt that the brush may have loosened.
Again, it’s crucial to avoid using any soaps or cleaning products when caring for your Apple Watch, and you should especially avoid immersing older models in water.
4. Wipe Or Wash the Apple Watch Band
As long as your Apple Watch band isn’t made of leather, you can clean it with the same damp cloth or even wash it in some mild dish soap. Apple advises against using abrasive soaps or other cleaning solutions to clean its watchbands.
Whether you clean your band or not, over time and with frequent use, its color will fade or change. Again, avoid using cleaning products other than mild hand soap as they will exacerbate fading and discoloration.
5. Dry With Cloth and Reassemble
To dry off the clean areas of your watch, use the dry, lint-free cloth. Make sure your Apple Watch and band are completely dry before reinstalling the band.
Then, holding the band with the letters and numbers facing you, slide each one into the slot until you hear a faint click. This will reassemble your Apple Watch. To do this, place it facedown on a clean surface once more.
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How to Clean and Dry Your Apple Watch Band?
Prior to cleaning, take off the band from your Apple Watch. This cleaning advice only applies to bands with the Apple logo. For all other bands, adhere to the maintenance instructions included with the band.
For leather bands:
- Apply a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth to the leather parts of the bands to clean them. If necessary, lightly mist the cloth with fresh water.*
- Never let leather bands soak in water. Water resistance is lacking in the leather bands.
- Prior to securing the band to your Apple Watch, let it completely air dry. Avoid storing leather bands in the sun, at high temperatures, or in conditions with a lot of humidity.
For Solo Loop, Braided Solo Loop, Sport Band, Sport Loop, Ocean Band, Alpine Loop, and Trail Loop:
- A non-abrasive, lint-free cloth should be used to clean the band. Use fresh water to lightly dampen the cloth if necessary. You can clean these bands with mild, hypoallergenic hand soap as well.
- Before you affix the band to your Apple Watch, dry it with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth.
For all other bands, buckles, and closures:
- Use a soft, lint-free cloth to clean the band. If required, lightly mist the cloth with clean water.
- Before you attach the band to your Apple Watch, dry it with an lint-free, nonabrasive cloth.
What to Avoid When Cleaning the Apple Watch?
- Avoid all harsh cleaning agents, including bleach and hydrogen peroxide-containing products.
- Avoid putting your Apple Watch in soapy water or cleaning agents. Never immerse older models in water.
- Avoid using ultrasonic cleaning or compressed air.
- Avoid blow-drying or letting the sun dry your Apple Watch.
- Never buff or polish an Apple Watch.
How to Clean Apple Watch Digital Crown?
Hold the Digital Crown under lightly running, warm, fresh water from a faucet. It is not advisable to use soap or any other cleaning supplies. Water drips over the minuscule space between the Digital Crown and the housing as you continuously turn and press it.
How to Clean Apple Watch Sensor?
Use a soft, lint-free cloth to clean your Apple Watch. If necessary, lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water. You can hold your Apple Watch under gently running, warm, fresh water until it’s clean if there are materials or debris visible in areas like the speaker ports.
Can I Disinfect My Apple Watch?
If you’ve owned an Apple Watch in the past few years, you’ve probably wondered if it’s possible to clean it without harming it. Apple has approved the use of some disinfectants to safely clean your watch:
- 70% Isopropyl alcohol wipe
- 75% Isopropyl alcohol wipe
- Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
However, you can gently wipe the exterior of the Apple Watch and band with one of these wipes, with the exception of leather and fabric bands. This obviously doesn’t mean that you can scrub your Apple Watch with a Clorox wipe.
How Do I Clean My Stinky Apple Watch Band?
Unfortunately, there is frequently a bad smell coming from the Apple Watch sport band, especially when it is being worn while working out. Remove it from the watch, thoroughly wash it with hand soap, dry it with a microfiber towel, and make sure it is completely dry before putting it back on to get rid of smells like this.
If the smell still exists, wipe it down with an isopropyl alcohol wipe, paying special attention to the underside, and let it completely air dry.
Can I Wash My Apple Watch in the Sink?
Apple advises against washing its smartwatches with soap as the residue may become lodged in tiny crevices and lead to issues in the future. However, depending on the model, this doesn’t mean you can’t take a shower or do the dishes while wearing your watch. Check the model you own’s level of water resistance once more.
But if the band isn’t made of leather, you can wash it in the sink with some gentle hand soap.
Although I don’t wash my Apple Watch in the sink, I do take it off every night before going to bed, wipe it down with a Clorox wipe, and then let it completely air dry before recharging or putting it on.
Can I Clean An Apple Watch Leather Band?
Leather bands cannot be washed with water and can discolor if done improperly. If your Apple Watch has a leather band and you need to clean it, you can use a lightly damp cloth to do so, being very careful not to soak the leather. Before re-wearing it, let it air-dry completely; however, avoid exposing it to direct sunlight because this will harm it. Your leather band can be dried by simply letting it air out.
How to Turn Off Apple Watch?
Until the sliders appear, hold down the side button and tap. , then drag the Right slider for power off.
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Final Words on Apple Watch Cleaning
If you wear your Watch in the shower, keeping it clean is fairly simple. While it’s best to try to avoid getting soap and other personal care items on your watch, holding it under a warm water faucet and wiping it won’t do any harm.
You’ll have to remove it to clean the underside properly, which will require more cleaning. Consider keeping some cleaning wipes on your nightstand to clean your Watch, iPhone, AirPods, and other devices. Get into the habit of doing this at night when you charge it.
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