Apple Watch in Ice Bath | Best Practices
Yes, according to Apple, your watch can withstand temperatures from -4° to 113°. This means you can wear your Apple Watch in an ice bath.
Ice baths are becoming an increasingly popular way to optimize health. If you’re an Apple Watch wearer, you may be wondering if you can take your watch into a cold plunge.
In this article, we’ll discuss everything related to taking your Apple Watch into an ice bath, from its water-resistance, to operating temperatures, and more.
Waterproof vs Water-Resistant
Let’s first establish the difference between waterproof and water-resistance.
A water-resistant watch is capable of resisting water to whatever depth it is rated for. It is not completely impervious to water, meaning it rejects water, but not 100%. While your watch may resist water, there may still be complications with it.
Waterproof means the device will fully sealed from water and there will be no issues with water penetration.
Apple Watches are water-resistant, and this is important to note, despite them having swimming settings built-in.
Apple Watch Series 8, Series 9, and SE are water-resistant to 50m, while the Ultra and Ultra 2 are resistant to 100m.
Can I Wear my Apple Watch In Ice bath?
Yes, you can wear your Apple Watch in a cold plunge, or ice bath.
While your Apple Watch, especially the 8, SE, and Ultra are designed to resist water to some pretty extreme depths and temperatures, you should still be careful.
You may not see damage the first time wearing your watch in an ice bath, but prolonged use over months or years can degrade the seal integrity and eventually lead to damage.
Best practice is to not put the hand wearing the watch into the water, simply hold it above.
Apple Watch Won’t Work After Going In Ice Bath
While Apple Watches are designed with water-resistance capabilities, caution is advised when wearing them in extreme conditions like ice baths.
- Water-resistant ≠ Waterproof.
- Apple Watch can handle temps down to -4 degrees F.
- Water Damage? Reset first, then contact Apple Support if you continue to have issues.
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Ken is a Healthcare Data Analyst, owner, sole contributor to The Wearable Guy, and overall tech nerd.