Can You Shower With Apple Watch On?

by | Jan 29, 2023

Quick Answer:

Yes, you can shower with your Apple Watch on, however, avoid shampoo, soap, or lotions from coming in contact with the sensor.

If you’ve ever wondered whether or not you can shower with your Apple Watch on, the answer is yes.

But, there are some important nuances to be aware of before you do it in order to prolong the lifespan of your Apple Watch.

This article will answer all your questions in detail, so let’s get to it.

Can You Shower With Apple Watch On?

You can shower with your Apple Watch on with the Apple Watch Series 2 and later, as they are capable of being fully submerged in the water.

There are specific nuances to be aware of and precautions to take for various Apple Watch models, so let’s take a look at those:

  • Apple Watch Ultra 1 and Ultra 2
    • Suitable for recreational scuba diving up to 130 feet (40 meters).
    • Can be worn while swimming, water skiing, and showering.
  • Apple Watch Series 2 to Series 9
    • Appropriate for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean.
    • Not recommended for diving, water skiing, or high-velocity water activities.
    • Can be used in the shower.
  • Apple Watch SE (1st and 2nd generation)
    • Can be used for shallow-water activities like swimming.
    • Showering with the watch is okay.
  • Apple Watch Series 1
    • Splash and water-resistant.
    • Not advisable to submerge or use in the shower.

This means swimming in a pool or taking a shower with your watch is possible. Just be sure to rinse with fresh water after returning from any type of recreational swim (i.e., salt water).

For more on Apple Watch water-resistance, read what Apple has to say.

Precautions to take

While all modern Apple Watches are water-resistant, they are not designed to withstand the daily exposure to soaps and lotions that you use in the shower.

It is recommended to avoid exposing the watch to soap and lotions as much as possible. Doing this will prolong the lifespan of the seals and ensure the device sensors and seals remains intact.

What is the Water Lock feature?

The water lock feature on an Apple Watch is a must use for anyone who takes their watch into the water. It is designed to prevent the user from accidentally touching the screen while engaging in water-based activities.

Important! Water Lock does not make your Apple Watch waterproof. It is only designed to prevent accidental display touches and to eject water that makes it into your watch speaker.

Read our full Water Lock guide for more detail.

How to activate Water Lock:

  1. Open the Control Center on your Apple Watch by swiping up from the bottom of your watch on watchOS 9 and earlier, or by pressing the right side button on watchOS 10 or newer.
  2. From here, tap the Water Lock icon (it looks like a water drop).
  3. To end Water Lock mode, just hold down on the Digital Crown and wait for the sound once again. This will push any water droplets out of your watch.

Author Tips

So, what do you do with your watch while you’re showering? Charge it!

Charging the Apple Watch while showering is a convenient way to save time, make use of otherwise wasted moments, and to prevent your watch from coming in contact with soap.

You’re going to have to charge your watch anyways, right? Why not take advantage of the one time of the day that you don’t need to collect data.

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Ken Lynch

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Ken is a Data Analyst in the Healthcare industry and the owner and sole contributor to The Wearable Guy.

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