Apple Watch band stuck in watch

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Accessories' started by AHDuke99, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. AHDuke99 macrumors 68020

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    Are there any tips to removing a watch band that is stuck in the watch? I used an amazon leather band for a while and wanted to switch it out. The problem is, it won't budge on the top half of the watch and now the watch is useless. Is there anything I can do?
     
  2. CarlJ macrumors 68020

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    Hmm, so the title really should be "3rd-party watch band stuck in Apple Watch"?

    Can you tell if the material of the band is jammed in the slot, or if the latching mechanism in the band is failing to release?
     
  3. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    The Watch isn't useless per Se. This can happen with third party bands with lugs that are not seated properly.

    Try holding down the band release Switch and gently wiggle the band from side to side and up and down (To loosen as much as possible), all while sliding it in both directions to see if it will give way in either direction.
     
  4. AHDuke99 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Unfortunately I've done that to the point where the band unattached itself from the part that's connected to the watch.

    It budged at bit but now it's sticking out awkwardly. I guess I can take it to the Apple Store but I doubt apple will do anything since it's a third party band
     
  5. AHDuke99 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    It's jammed in the slot. I was able to move it slightly but now a third of it is sticking out of the side and I cannot move it any further
     
  6. dojoman macrumors 65816

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    That's why I don't buy 3rd party bands. I had similar situation but was able to remove the band. The more you use force the worse it gets.
     
  7. Thai macrumors 6502a

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    Can you use a thin screw driver and just hammer it out (carefully)??

    Take a picture of it too so that we all can be on the same page!
     
  8. AHDuke99 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    This is what we're looking at now. I can't get anything to budge. I've thought about using a hammer but am afraid I'll just hit the watch

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Thai macrumors 6502a

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    STUPID question...have you tried pushing it back IN and then get it out via normal way? Or is it frozen there either way you push it?

    Otherwise, use a screw driver...a small one...and then using palm of hand to hit back of screw driver to push the lug out.
     
  10. jbachandouris macrumors 601

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    Honestly, I would plead with Apple to help me if I were you. I too would be afraid to use either a hammer or screwdriver.
     
  11. Thai macrumors 6502a

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    What will Apple Store do?? It is not like they can disassemble that part only and take the lug out. That lug is surrounded by solid stainless steel.
     
  12. tl01 macrumors 65816

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    Stop harping on the 3rd party watch bands. We all know that Apple items can fail too...right? I have saved enough money buying third party bands that I could buy a new watch if my bands ever fail me. That said, I have been lucky so far.

    OP, I hope you get it out without any further issue!!!
     
  13. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    I don't believe Apple will assist in a situation like this, being it's a third-party band and not OEM. Also, they could take the risk of damaging the watch, which would open up liability to them if they cannot successfully remove the seized lug. However, The OP could certainly ask Apple and see what they determine.

    I think the OP is limited in options, more so, either they can pound out the lug as gently as possible or use needle nose plyers attached to one end and see if it can be wiggled out. Those are the only two options I can think of at this point, that is if the OP is comfortable in doing so on their own cognizance. But it's Certainly a risky and unfortunate situation.
     
  14. Defender2010 macrumors 68030

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    A little oil or dish soap might help...or try to slide a very thin piece of plastic, like the stuff that covers the Watch when you first open it in between as it might depress the part that causing it to stick (like popping a door lock with a credit card - we've all locked our keys inside at one time right?). Good luck.
     
  15. daflake macrumors 6502a

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    This... A little soap and work it back and forth if possible to try and free it up. It went on, so it should come off.
     
  16. Defender2010 macrumors 68030

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    Any luck yet OP?
     
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    Nice diagram.

    This has happened to me too. Fake link band off Amazon: Looked ok but construction was trash. The lug's latch aparrently fell apart while inside the watch and the little pieces jammed up the sliding mechanism. I freed it by wiggling back and forth while randomly pressing the release button on the body of the watch. I was lucky.

    To explain: The latch in the lug (part # 4 in your diagram) is made up of a number of tiny parts. At least three, possibly more: (1) The rubber bit on the top of the band, (2) the hollow metal latch on the bottom of the band and (3) a microscopic spring that sits inside the hollow latch piece and pushes it away from the upper rubber piece. There may be more parts, but it was too small for me to see clearly.

    OP: If you still can't free it by wiggling with soap (or maybe some wd40??) you could always try a metal cutting wheel in a dremel. It will need a really steady hand, but you may be able to cut a longitudinal slot in the middle of the lug and slice through the jammed up latch mechanism parts in the middle? That's really a last resort, of course. Like if you're over it and ready to throw the watch in the trash.
     
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    Might be worth letting a jeweller take a look - can't hurt.
     
  20. JSway macrumors regular

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    Hmmm, might take two people. One person to hold and press the button under the watch, and the other to try to wiggle it with you their hands or a tool.

    Or, put dental tooth floss in the little hole in the adapter, and try pulling that way, while holding the button :)
     
  21. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Any update if the band was able to removed? Curious to know the end result to this.
     

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