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What Is “Water Mode” on Apple Watch?

Apple Watch Water Mode

Are you concerned about the safety of your Apple Watch while swimming, washing hands, or on rainy days? Don’t worry; the Water Mode will solve your problem. 

Quick Answer

Water Mode on Apple Watch locks your device’s display to prevent accidental activity when in contact with water. This feature is enabled automatically whenever your Apple Watch detects moisture. You can also manually turn on Water Mode from the Control Center of your device. 

We took the time to write a comprehensive guide on what Water Mode is on Apple Watch. We will also share methods for enabling and disabling Water Mode on your device.

Water Mode on Apple Watch

Are you confused about the water drop icon on your Apple Watch’s screen? It indicates that your device is in Water Mode, which turns on automatically whenever it detects moisture. However, you can manually enable or disable this feature on your device.

Water Mode locks the screen of your Apple Watch to prevent any unintended activity on your device while you are in the water because the watch’s display is highly sensitive

Enabling this feature also prevents water from entering the Apple Watch and, thus, protects your device from any internal damage.

If you no longer want this feature enabled on your device, turn off the Water Mode and rotate the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch to eject water from the speaker. Now, your device works like before. 

Turning On Water Mode

Following the steps below, you can manually turn on Water Mode on your Apple Watch before beginning a water-based activity.

  1. Turn on your Apple Watch.
  2. Hold on to the bottom of the screen until Control Center appears.
  3. Swipe up on your Apple Watch.
  4. Scroll down and tap the water drop icon.
  5. The icon will appear on the screen of your Apple Watch.
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All Done!

Now, the Water Mode is enabled on your Apple Watch, and you can easily use it in a wet environment.

Turning Off Water Mode

If you no longer need the Water Mode on your Apple Watch, you can turn it off by following these steps.

  1. Hold your Apple Watch and rotate the Digital Crown.
  2. Keep rotating until “Unlocked” appears on the screen.
  3. You will hear an oscillating tone which means your Apple Watch is ejecting water from the speakers.
That’s It!

The Water Mode is turned off successfully from your Apple Watch, and accumulated water is ejected from the speakers.

Can I Go Swimming With My Apple Watch?

Whether you can go swimming with your Apple Watch depends on the model of your device. Suppose you are wearing a first-generation or Series 1 Apple Watch. In that case, you can wash your hands, shower, or do any shallow water activity, but submerging it completely in water is not preferred.

On the other hand, Apple Watch Series 2 and later models are water resistant up to 50 meters, so you can go swimming or shower with the Water Mode enabled on your device. However, avoid exposure to steam or high-velocity water, soaps or detergents, and acids, as they can damage your Apple Watch.

What To Do if Apple Watch Gets Wet

If your Apple Watch is wet after a workout, you can gently clean it with a soft microfiber cloth. But, if you have done swimming with your Apple Watch Series 1 or earlier models, wash it under running lukewarm water and remove moisture with a lint-free cloth.

Water also accumulates in the speakers of the Apple Watch. To dry the speakers, charge them overnight so the water evaporates and the device’s functionality will return to normal. 

Quick Tip

If you use Apple Watch Series 2 and later models, you can rotate the Digital Crown to eject water from the speakers.

Will My Apple Watch Always Be Water Resistant?

The water resistance of the Apple Watch is not permanent and reduces with time. But unfortunately, you cannot check, reseal, or pack your device for water resistance. There can be many reasons your Apple Watch loses water resistance, like a broken screen, steam, skiing, or submerging your device below 50 meters.

Moreover, exposure to perfumes, hair dyes, oil, lotion, and soap can decrease the water-resisting ability of your Apple Watch. If you accidentally splash any liquid on your device, rinse it with water and dry it with a cloth. 


In this guide on what Water Mode is on Apple Watch, we’ve discussed the water lock feature and methods to enable and disable it on your device. We’ve also discussed wearing an Apple watch while swimming and what to do if your device gets wet.

Moreover, we’ve shared about the water-resisting ability of the Apple Watch.

Hopefully, your question is answered in the article, and now you can quickly turn on the Water Mode on your Apple Watch during water-based activities.

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