• Contributor

How to clean your Apple Watch




Your Apple Watch is exposed and prone to germs or bacteria just as much as your other devices like your phone. It is important to clean the watch that watches out for you!


In this article, we will help you know how to properly clean your Apple Watch, including its digital crown.



What to use when cleaning


You can use a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. You may use this to gently wipe the exterior surfaces of your Apple Watch, Sport Band, or metal band. However, don't use it on fabric and leather bands.



What to avoid using


Do not use bleach as this might damage the finish of your Apple Watch and band exterior. Avoid getting moisture in any openings, and never submerge your Apple Watch in any cleaning agents.



How to Clean and Dry Your Apple Watch



Keep your Apple Watch clean and dry. Do not use soaps, cleaning products, abrasive materials,* compressed air, ultrasonic cleaning, and external heat sources as this can cause damage and shouldn't be used with your Apple Watch.


To clean your Apple Watch, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off your Apple Watch and remove it from the charger.

  2. If you have a leather band, remove it from your Apple Watch.

  3. Wipe your Apple Watch clean with a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth. If necessary, lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water. Or you can hold your Apple Watch under lightly running, warm, fresh water for 10 to 15 seconds. Soaps and other cleaning products shouldn’t be used.

  4. Dry your Apple Watch with a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth, including the surface of the back crystal.


*Apple Watch is manufactured with extreme care and precision, while leveraging state-of-the-art technology to provide the best customer experience. To ensure the watch maintains all functionality and to keep a consistent finish across the enclosure and external components, Apple does not recommend polishing or buffing the watch with abrasives.



How to Clean and Dry the Digital Crown



If the Digital Crown gets stuck or won’t move, check for debris and wipe down your Apple Watch. If you find substances like dust or lotion around the Digital Crown, follow these steps to clean it, and repeat as needed:


  1. Turn off your Apple Watch and remove it from the charger.

  2. If you have a leather band, remove it from your Apple Watch.

  3. Hold the Digital Crown under lightly running, warm, fresh water from a faucet for 10 to 15 seconds. Soaps and other cleaning products shouldn't be used.

  4. Continuously turn and press the Digital Crown as water runs over the small gap between the crown and the housing.

  5. Dry your Apple Watch with an absorbent, non-abrasive, lint-free cloth. Be sure to wipe the surface of the Digital Crown, the space between the Digital Crown and the watch case, and the surrounding surfaces, removing any water.



Is cleaning my Apple Watch band necessary too?


Yes! To learn how, check it out here.



Feel free to reach us if you have any questions.



Shop accessories online!


Mac

iPad

iPhone

Watch

TV

Accessories

Stores

Store Locator

Openbox and Clearance

Trade-in

Support

Service Centers

Refurbished

About

About Us

Apple at Work

Apple for Education

Newsroom

Careers

  • Facebook - White Circle
  • Instagram - White Circle

Copyright © Switch 2019