Is your Apple Watch Waterproof?

Is your Apple Watch Waterproof?
The Apple Watch, really does the job well of being a smart watch. Basic functions of your iPhone and more, all found on your wrist at the touch of your fingertips. It has been well known for its apps and features offered, including the fitness and health related tracking. With rumors in the market that a new apple watch is to be announced at Apple’s September Launch Event, it is the perfect time to get yourself familiarised with Apple’s current watches and  all of its product specifications. Take a look down below, to learn if the Apple Watch is truly waterproof.

Are the Apple Watches Waterproof?

What to do if your Apple Watch gets wet?

Protecting your Apple Watch from water

Are the Apple Watches Waterproof?

According to Apple, the Watch Series 1 is splash and water resistant, but submerging it is not recommended. On the other hand, Apple Watch Series 2, 3 and Series 4 may be used for shallow water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. Evidently, the Watches are not 100% waterproof. Surely, advancements are being made from Series 1 to the later models, however, it has not yet achieved a complete waterproof state.  

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Apple warns the following acts may affect the water resistance of your Apple Watch and should be avoided:

  • Dropping Apple Watch or subjecting it to other impacts.
  • Exposing Apple Watch to soap or soapy water, for example while showering or bathing. 
  • Exposing Apple Watch to perfume, solvents, detergent, acids or acidic foods, insect repellent, lotions, sunscreen, oil, or hair dye. 
  • Exposing Apple Watch to high velocity water, for example while water skiing. 
  • Wearing Apple Watch in the sauna or steam room. 

But it may leave users curious as to what should they do if their Apple Watch does get exposed to water.


What to do if your Apple Watch gets wet?

Have you ever heard of the rice trick when your phone gets submerged in water - the one where you soak your phone in a bag of rice to drain all the water? Well, bad news, that hack will not work with your Apple Watch.  

If your watch gets exposed to water splashes or even sweat, it is suggested to use fresh water to rinse the watch and is to be dried with a lint-free cloth if the watch comes in contact with anything other than fresh water. 

However, if the water exposure is not too severe, air drying your watch could also work. It is recommended to let it dry for up to 24 hours without switching the device on or charging it. However, the longer it is left to dry, the more assurance that the device is indeed completely dry. 

Protecting your Apple Watch from water

While you could easily not get your watch close to water, there is another way to protect your Watch. Besides, why constantly worry about getting your watch wet, when there is a worry-free solution? Investing in a protective case for your Watch is the best key to this puzzle out there. Catalyst provides a wide array of protective cases for various Apple and Samsung products too! It just so happens that they have both waterproof and impact protection cases for Apple Watch ranging from series 1 to 4!

How could a case protect your Watch from water damage? Catalyst’s waterproof Apple Watch cases all have an IP rating of 68, which allows a device to survive a dunk in water up to 1.5 meters (0.5 meters more than IP67, which is the rating of the Apple Watch itself) in depth for up to 30 minutes without sustaining any damage. But even with a rating of IP68, Catalyst’s Waterproof iWatch case can provide protection even if submerged in 100 meters of water. The IP rating comes in the form of the two letters IP that stands for “ingress protection,” followed by a two-digit number. The first number defines the level of protection against dirt, dust and sand and the second number refers to the level of protection against water. Furthermore, Catalyst’s cases meet or even exceed the military standard 810G and provides protection against drops reaching a height of 2 meters.


Additionally, the case provides ultimate protection not only from water but also from dirt, sand and snow. It has a unique rotating crown dial and the wrist strap is made of soft silicone, perfect against sweat, water and discomfort! The silicone strap is ideal as not all bands are appropriate for water use. For example, the stainless steel and leather bands are not water resistant and would be ruined if exposed to even a slight bit of water. 

All these features combined, creates an ultimate case that allows your Watch to sink in deeper than before, without harsh damages to your ultimate device. Revolutionary cases as such can allow users to take a simple water-resistant IP67 Apple Watch and upgrades it to a waterproof IP68 Apple Watch, which brings about less worry about any accidental watch damage when in contact with water.

Depending on the watch series you are looking for, the cases even come in a variety of different colors; namely Stealth black, Slate Gray, Alpine White, Deep Plum and even Glow-In-The-Dark for the Series 2 38mm Apple Watch! 

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