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Question: Apple Watch, water "mode"?

I can't seem to find a definitive answer. Before you take it under water do you have to pull up, and hit the water drop? Then leave it like that, until you're done in the water, then rotate the crown to eject water, thus ending the time your watch was in the water?

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Apple Watch Series 2 and 3 models remain equally water resistant regardless of whether or not Water Lock is turned on.

Water Lock for Apple Watch Series 2 and 3 models prevents accidental screen interactions during exposure to water and also expels any water from the speaker afterwards.

Planned water exposure (except swimming workouts)


If you plan to get Apple Watch Series 2 or 3 wet under other circumstances than a swimming workout (such as during general wear in a pool), you can manually turn on Water Lock first and then turn it off again afterwards (which is when water is cleared from inside the speaker):


  • Swipe up from the bottom of the watch face to open Control Center > tap on Water Lock to lock the screen.
  • When finished: turn the Digital Crown to unlock the screen and to clear water from the speaker.

Swimming workouts


Starting a swimming workout in the Workout app on Apple Watch Series 2 or 3 models automatically enables Water Lock, which locks the screen to prevent accidental interactions during your workout. To finish a workout and expel any water:


  • Press the Digital Crown and the side button at the same time (which pauses the workout).
  • Turn the Digital Crown, which unlocks the screen and clears any water from inside the watch's speaker (it may make a sound).
  • Swipe right and tap on End.


Accidental / other exposure to water


If the watch is exposed to water accidentally at any time or if you forget to enable it before planned exposure to water, Water Lock can be enabled afterwards and then immediately turned off again to expel any water from inside the speaker (by following the same steps as above).


After swimming or exposing it to anything other than fresh water, be sure to clean your Apple Watch Series 2 or 3 by gently rinsing it with warm tap water. The watch and band should also then be dried using a soft, lint-free cloth.


Note that leather and stainless steel bands are not water resistant, so should not be worn in water.


More information:

Work out with your Apple Watch - Apple Support

About Apple Watch water resistance - Apple Support

Important handling information

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Dec 9, 2017 7:33 AM in response to photoguy7 In response to photoguy7

As explained in my previous reply: Apple Watch Series 2 and 3 models remain equally water resistant regardless of whether or not Water Lock is turned on.


Engaging the lock is optional, unless you are recording a Pool Swim or Open Water Swim workout via the Workout app, in which case it is enabled automatically.


At the very least, I suggest enabling and disabling the mode after water exposure in order to clear any water from inside the speaker.

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Dec 9, 2017 7:25 AM in response to photoguy7 In response to photoguy7

Hi

Apple Watch Series 2 and 3 models remain equally water resistant regardless of whether or not Water Lock is turned on.

Water Lock for Apple Watch Series 2 and 3 models prevents accidental screen interactions during exposure to water and also expels any water from the speaker afterwards.

Planned water exposure (except swimming workouts)


If you plan to get Apple Watch Series 2 or 3 wet under other circumstances than a swimming workout (such as during general wear in a pool), you can manually turn on Water Lock first and then turn it off again afterwards (which is when water is cleared from inside the speaker):


  • Swipe up from the bottom of the watch face to open Control Center > tap on Water Lock to lock the screen.
  • When finished: turn the Digital Crown to unlock the screen and to clear water from the speaker.

Swimming workouts


Starting a swimming workout in the Workout app on Apple Watch Series 2 or 3 models automatically enables Water Lock, which locks the screen to prevent accidental interactions during your workout. To finish a workout and expel any water:


  • Press the Digital Crown and the side button at the same time (which pauses the workout).
  • Turn the Digital Crown, which unlocks the screen and clears any water from inside the watch's speaker (it may make a sound).
  • Swipe right and tap on End.


Accidental / other exposure to water


If the watch is exposed to water accidentally at any time or if you forget to enable it before planned exposure to water, Water Lock can be enabled afterwards and then immediately turned off again to expel any water from inside the speaker (by following the same steps as above).


After swimming or exposing it to anything other than fresh water, be sure to clean your Apple Watch Series 2 or 3 by gently rinsing it with warm tap water. The watch and band should also then be dried using a soft, lint-free cloth.


Note that leather and stainless steel bands are not water resistant, so should not be worn in water.


More information:

Work out with your Apple Watch - Apple Support

About Apple Watch water resistance - Apple Support

Important handling information

Dec 9, 2017 7:25 AM

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Dec 9, 2017 7:27 AM in response to Jonathan UK In response to Jonathan UK

That's exactly what I was trying to figure out. If I HAVE to manually engage the water lock, or if it's kind of irrelevant, and I just needed to expel water after the exposure.


Sounds like, if I'm interpreting correctly, that the "best" option is to engage it, but it probably doesn't matter in reality.

Dec 9, 2017 7:27 AM

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Dec 9, 2017 7:33 AM in response to photoguy7 In response to photoguy7

As explained in my previous reply: Apple Watch Series 2 and 3 models remain equally water resistant regardless of whether or not Water Lock is turned on.


Engaging the lock is optional, unless you are recording a Pool Swim or Open Water Swim workout via the Workout app, in which case it is enabled automatically.


At the very least, I suggest enabling and disabling the mode after water exposure in order to clear any water from inside the speaker.

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