When Do You Take The Watch Off?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by DynamicSausage, Jun 24, 2015.

  1. DynamicSausage macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2015
    Leicestershire, UK
    Just trying to gather a few opinions and experiences really about when you take the watch off to do a certain activity, hobby or bit of work. Obviously the watch is designed for slightly more day-to-day use than a phone or an iPad hence it's "water resistant" rating but where do you draw the line?


    Personally, I've stopped wearing my watch in the shower. Not because I need to but because showering is usually the first or last thing I do in the day and I will only need to take it off again to dry my wrist and the band anyway so it makes more sense to put it on when I get out in the morning rather than the second I leave my bed.

    I don't plan to wear my watch when I wash my car and there will be gallons of dirty water involved but I will be putting it back on to carry on with detailing (just a hobby of mine) where I'll be using products like polishes, waxes and glazes. Similar situation with pot washing although a few plates with just crumbs on in clean water isn't going to make me take it off.

    Finally, some people may question my choice but I continue to use my watch in my factory job where it's often exposed and likely to get scratched up a bit. In my eyes it's going to happen anyway over time and at work is actually where I use my watch the most as I can't over-use my phone but nobody seems to notice when I tap away on my wrist checking notifications, the weather and actually just the time. That said, I've now had it over a week with the odd bump and scrape and the condition is still 'out of the box' perfect.
  2. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2010
    Plano, TX
    I take mine off when I am getting in bed and put it on the charger. In the morning I put it on right before I walk out the door to go to work. I work in an office, so I don't really have the "danger" at work that you described.
  3. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Take it off at the end of the day before charging. Put it back on after the shower in the AM. Have not taken it off because I was doing something I thought might hurt it.
  4. Watabou macrumors 68040


    Feb 10, 2008
    United States
    Only when I go to sleep, to put it on the charger.

    I'm liking watchOS 2.0's Nightstand mode a lot that I created a little hack. I put a nightstand that is touching my bed so if I hit my bed really hard, the watch wakes up to show me the current time :D (the watch wakes up the display if it detects any movement) I have entirely switched over to using the alarm on the watch as well. I used to use my iPhone.

    I found that the alarm on the watch is not too loud, but loud enough to wake me up. Still, people might find it pretty quiet. I think Apple made it so that you will hear it, but someone in the next room won't.
  5. Taco1933 macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2014
    Sleep and shower. Everywhere else, including the pool, it's on my wrist.
  6. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Have been sleeping with the watch so the alarm wakes me up in the morning. Take it off to charge it while I take a shower. Put it on and wear it all day until evening, then take it off when all the Activity circles fill up, put it on the charger, then put it back on right before I go to sleep.
  7. flur macrumors 68000

    Nov 12, 2012
    I put it on in the morning - right when I get up if I'm not showering right away, after my shower if I am - and take it off when I get into bed at night. I also take it off any time I take my rings and bracelets off for messy things - when preparing to cook poultry, doing really greasy dishes, making biscuits, etc. I'm not terribly worried about damaging it, just don't want to waste time cleaning it if I don't have to.
  8. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    I take it off just before I lay down to sleep and put it back on when I wake up. I do take it off when I shower but don't when I swim. Its not the water that bothers me, I just like to shower without and did the same with other watches in the past.
  9. caligurl macrumors 68030


    Jun 8, 2009
    I take it off when I go to bed at night and put it on the charger. I put it on first thing in the morning before I get out of bed. I take it back off, rinse it, and put it back on the charger, after my workout while i'm showing. I put it back on once it gets back to 100% charged and leave it on for the rest of the day.
  10. foxkoneko macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2011
    only when I shower or go to sleep (sometimes I even forget this :eek: then no battery in morning o_O)
  11. crispApple macrumors regular


    Jan 22, 2015
    When I first got it I didn't take it off until I went to bed at night. Now usually when I get home from work I take it off and put my phone down for a while then put it back on if I leave or something. Then at night it sits on the charger. Goes back on at 7am after I shower.
  12. wicker21 macrumors member


    Jun 27, 2010
    Sleep (when it charges) and shower; otherwise it is on me all the time.
  13. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040


    Aug 24, 2012
    New York, USA
    I take mine off when I fry food at work. I also take it off when I use any chemical used for cleaning.
  14. Brett1203 macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    1. When I shower
    2. At night while I sleep so it can charge
    3. Mowing the yard
    4. Washing the car

    That's about the only times.
  15. hallidc macrumors 6502


    Sep 26, 2013
    I take it off before showering as well as before going to bed.
  16. NauticalDan macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2010
    I put it on when I wake up. I take it off when I go to bed.

    I workout in the morning and wear it during the workout. I shower after my workout, and wear it when I shower since it gets kinda sweaty.

    I have the SS BSB version. Surprised so many people take it off to shower actually! I've had it for two months now and been showering with it daily.
  17. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    After shower to dry off and back on
  18. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    Here's the only times I take mine off:

    1) When I go to sleep
    2) When I shower
    3) When I swim
    4) When I play a little 5 on 1
    5) Whenever I do something very dirty like working on a car or in the garden

    Otherwise, I wear it all the time.
  19. RyanCA macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2015
    I put mine on at 6:45 AM, take it off at about 11:15 PM Weekdays.

    During that time, I shower in the morning with it on, workout with it on, shower at the gym with it on.
    After work I may shower again if I go on a run, all while leaving it on. Done this since May 1st when I received it, no issues its still flawless.

    Tim says she showers with it, thats a good enough answer for me to trust its resistance.

    42mm Sport.
  20. wchigo macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2015
    42mm SS, basically I only take it off for showering and sleep. My routine the past few days is wake up, put on the watch, go to the gym, watch off during the shower, back on immediately after and I head to work. I work in hospitality and while there are slight "danger" possibilities, generally my watch is pretty safe.

    It then stays on until I get home and hit the shower. I usually put in back on afterwards until I actually decide to hit the hay, then repeat.
  21. vincent_007 macrumors member


    Jun 13, 2015
    I also take it of if I am under the shower or swimming and before I go to bed. All the other time I'm wearing it for example while doing weight lifting or running or at my office job.
  22. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    take it off every morning at around 30/40% when i wake up. i then put it on the charger for an hour which usually puts me back at 100 percent
  23. titanflyer macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2011
    I am a little different. I can't sleep without a watch cause I wake up a lot and need to check the time, so I wear mine in power save mode during the night and then charge it in the morning when I really don't need the watch. Then I wear it all day and around 11pm when I got to bed, I flip it back over to power save.
  24. Buckeyestar macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2011
    I'm much the same as you. I put it in when I get up and take it off when I go to sleep at night. I don't wear it during a shower because wouldn't be able to wash underneath it.

    I also work in a factory and have been questioned as to the wisdom of wearing it there. In the most precarious situations, I am already wearing a "burn sleeve" to protect my arm from reaching into a hot press and it protects my watch too. I do briefly remove it when I will be dealing with cleaning solutions or die lube, but that is only about once a week. I've promised myself that if I ever get to the point that I'm worrying too much about protecting my watch to allow me to do my job properly, then it comes off at work. So far, so good after nearly a month. I do notice that I'm paying more attention to where I swing my arm. I tagged it on the door handle to Panera once, all good though.

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