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tardman91

macrumors 65816
Oct 21, 2009
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Tampa Area, FL
Should be fine, but use it sparingly. I'd put it in "swim mode" just to be safe. I've cleaned mine with a soft bristle brush and some dish soap before when it's gotten really dirty. I worked the soap into the brush first until it suds up. No issues.
 

bransoj

macrumors 68000
Jul 31, 2013
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I've used a baby wipe or alike to clean mine in the past with no issues.
Should be fine, but use it sparingly. I'd put it in "swim mode" just to be safe. I've cleaned mine with a soft bristle brush and some dish soap before when it's gotten really dirty. I worked the soap into the brush first until it suds up. No issues.
I thought all "swim mode" did was just basically stop the screen from reacting to finger presses or getting confused by water etc on the screen and the screen reacting. It doesnt waterproof the watch as such, the watch is waterproof whether you turn "swim mode" on or not. You could easily go swimming, have it on in the shower etc with swim mode not activated and it would be fine other than the screen might think its been pressed and open something.
 

BigMcGuire

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Jan 10, 2012
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All the years I've worn an Apple Watch - I just rub it down with my fingers under the faucet. Sometimes I use my fingernail to get anything around the sensor underneath. If it's really dirty, I'll use a very light application of bar soap under running water, then dry it off on a towel. Never had any problems. And yes, they can survive showers but I've never done it myself.
 

Juicy Box

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Sep 23, 2014
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I’m not sure if you’re supposed to, but that’s how I clean my Apple Watch all the time. Turn on the water on the kitchen sink and use dish soap. Scrub it down, rinse it off.

I have a series 3.
 

tmoerel

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Jan 24, 2008
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1,568
From Apple's website (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205000):

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Brandon42

macrumors regular
Jul 24, 2019
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I would only use distilled water, or rainwater, and only pure grain alcohol.



(don’t actually use pure alcohol to clean it)
 

papbot

macrumors 68020
May 19, 2015
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1,042
All the years I've worn an Apple Watch - I just rub it down with my fingers under the faucet. Sometimes I use my fingernail to get anything around the sensor underneath. If it's really dirty, I'll use a very light application of bar soap under running water, then dry it off on a towel. Never had any problems. And yes, they can survive showers but I've never done it myself.
Probably the best overall practice to follow. I’ve never done the shower thing either. But lukewarm running water with Tiny bit of soap has always worked well, especially if the crown is starting to feel a little sticky when rotating.
 

Jackbequickly

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Aug 6, 2022
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About once a month I will rinse mine under luke warm water with a soft bristle toothbrush with a tiny bit of dishwashing soap. Been doing this to every AW I have owned and never had any problems. I use the leather link band and it comes out like new. I have use the black leather link band on my last two watches and it still look like new. I bought a spare but it looks the same as the three year old band.
 

scubasteve03

macrumors 6502
Dec 16, 2008
275
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Tulsa, OK
About once a month I will rinse mine under luke warm water with a soft bristle toothbrush with a tiny bit of dishwashing soap. Been doing this to every AW I have owned and never had any problems. I use the leather link band and it comes out like new. I have use the black leather link band on my last two watches and it still look like new. I bought a spare but it looks the same as the three year old band.
You wash your leather band with warm water and soap? I was worried the soap and water would tear up the finish on my leather bands? I have the Umber color, wonder if it would mess it up compared to a black leather band?
 

Jackbequickly

macrumors 68030
Aug 6, 2022
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You wash your leather band with warm water and soap? I was worried the soap and water would tear up the finish on my leather bands? I have the Umber color, wonder if it would mess it up compared to a black leather band?

‘The magnetic leather link bands are not affected by water what so ever. The leather has been “worked over” so much that water or any leather dressing is not absorbed. I am amazed as how long these bands, my favorite, last without showing any wear. I remember applying a leather dressing on my first one but quickly found out that it did nothing for the band. They don’t change color when wet and are stable under all conditions.

You can soak your umber leather link band in water, overnight, and dry it off in the morning with no harmful effects. I am going on my 3rd year with the black leather link band and it looks like the day I bought it and have washed it hundreds of time. You will grow to love your band for sure.
 
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