How to Unlock Your Apple Watch and Eject the Water

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If you’ve ever been swimming with your Apple Watch, you know that it can be a bit of a hassle to get the water out afterwards. Fortunately, Apple has made it easy to expel water from your watch and turn off the Water Lock feature with just a few simple steps.

To start, press and hold the Digital Crown on the side of your watch until the display says Unlocked. A series of tones plays to clear any water that remains in the speaker. This shuld take less than 10 seconds, and once it’s done, you can use your display as usual.

It’s important to note that Apple Watch Series 2 and later can be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean, but models other than Apple Watch Ultra should not be used for diving, water skiing, or other activities involving submersion below shallow depth or high-velocity water.

If you find that your watch isn’t expelling water properly after you’ve held down the Digital Crown for several seconds, you may need to contact Apple Support for further assistance. They can provie additional tips and troubleshooting advice if needed.

Overall, expelling water from an Apple Watch is a fairly straightforward process that shouldn’t take more than a few seconds. With this knowledge in hand, you should have no trouble getting back to uing your watch after a swim!

How Do You Expel Water From Apple Watch?

To expel water from your Apple Watch, press and hold the Digital Crown on the side of your watch until the display says Unlocked. A series of tones will then play to clear any remaining water in the speaker. This should take around 10 seconds and after that, you can use your display as normal.

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Can I Wear My Apple Watch in Water?

No, you should not immerse your Apple Watch in water. While Apple Watch Series 2 and later are designed to be water-resistant and can be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean, they should not be submerged below shallow depth. Apple Watches are not designed to withstand the pressure of being submerged deep underwater or the force of high-velocity water sports such as water skiing. If you want to participate in these activities, it is recommended that you use an Apple Watch Ultra instead.

Water Resistance of Apple Watch

The Apple Watch Series 6, 7 and 8 are all waterproof up to 50 meters, which is equivalent to 164 feet. This means that the Apple Watch can be submerged in water for up to 10 minutes. However, it should not be used for activities such as swimming or diving, as they are not designed for these activities. Additionally, it is important to ensure that the Apple Watch is completely dry before taking it back out of the water.

How Long Can An Apple Watch Stay Submerged In Water?

The Apple Watch series varies in terms of water resistance. The original Series 1 model is water-resistant for 30 minutes when submerged up to 1 meter (3.3 feet) of water, however it is not swim-proof. The Series 2 and all subsequent models (Series 3-7) have improved water resistance and are able to be submerged up to 50 meters (164 feet). These models are also considered swim-proof, meaning they can be used for swimming and reated activities. However, it’s important to note that any model of the Apple Watch should be taken out of the water after a period of time and dried off properly as prolonged exposure can damage the device.

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In conclusion, your Apple Watch can be a great tool for activities like swimming and oher shallow-water activities. However, if you’re engaging in more intense water sports like diving or water skiing, it’s best to opt for the Apple Watch Ultra model that is specifically designed for these activities. To make sure all of the water is out of your device after any activity involving water, remember to press and hold the Digital Crown until the display says Unlocked and a series of tones plays. Doing this will ensure that any remaining water is cleared out of your speaker.

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Sanjeev Singh

Sanjeev is the tech editor at DeviceMAG. He has a keen interest in all things technology, and loves to write about the latest developments in the industry. He has a passion for quality-focused journalism and believes in using technology to make people's lives better. He has worked in the tech industry for over 15 years, and has written for some of the biggest tech blogs in the world. Sanjeev is also an avid photographer and loves spending time with his family.