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  1. dkbllb's Avatar
    Does anyone know for sure if it’s safe to shower while wearing your series 5? Prior to getting the Apple Watch I wore a dive watch and would often shower with it, and it’s kind of a hassle to remember to remove the new one.

    The Apple support site has a section about how the newer watches are water “resistant” and although you can get them wet, it specifically says to avoid soaps because they can degrade the watch chemical coating and seals. Obviously showering would expose the watch to soap.

    The Apple support site doesn’t appear to have been updated for the series 5 and only mentions up to the 4. I’m not aware of any significant hardware differences between the two models regarding water resistance.

    I know that this isn’t the biggest, most important problem in the world, but I’d still like to know.
    10-09-2019 09:17 AM
  2. Annie_8plus's Avatar
    I wouldn't, just because exposure to soaps, shampoos, conditioners, among other detergents, etc., is not recommended, according to Apple Support. Check out this article from Apple Support.
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    10-09-2019 09:25 AM
  3. Tartarus's Avatar
    I shower often with my Series 3. When I’m about to soap my arm, I take it off and then put it back on before I get out of the shower.
    10-09-2019 10:03 AM
  4. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    The Apple support site has a section about how the newer watches are water “resistant” and although you can get them wet, it specifically says to avoid soaps because they can degrade the watch chemical coating and seals. Obviously showering would expose the watch to soap.
    Do you have a link to this? All I can find is this:

    https://www.apple.com/ca/watch/compare/#mn_p
    Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch Series 3 have a water-resistance rating of 50 metres under ISO standard 22810:2010. This means that they may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. However, they should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth.
    I'd personally be more worried about the chlorine in pools and salt int he ocean than soap in a 15 minute shower.
    10-09-2019 10:31 AM
  5. Annie_8plus's Avatar
    Do you have a link to this? All I can find is this:

    https://www.apple.com/ca/watch/compare/#mn_p


    I'd personally be more worried about the chlorine in pools and salt int he ocean than soap in a 15 minute shower.
    I agree about the chlorine and salt water! Here’s a screenshot from the link I posted:

    Can you shower with the Apple Watch 5?-img_6279.jpg
    10-09-2019 10:38 AM
  6. tekjunkie28's Avatar
    Do you have a link to this? All I can find is this:

    https://www.apple.com/ca/watch/compare/#mn_p


    I'd personally be more worried about the chlorine in pools and salt int he ocean than soap in a 15 minute shower.
    Yea salt... it’s more corrosive than battery acid.
    10-09-2019 11:01 AM
  7. o4liberty's Avatar
    I wouldn’t they say they are water resistant not water proof plus warranty void if there is water damage so no don’t shower with your new expensive watch.
    Last edited by o4liberty; 10-09-2019 at 05:46 PM.
    10-09-2019 04:03 PM
  8. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    I wouldn’t they say they are water resistant not water proof plus warranty void if there is water damage so no don’t shower with your new expensive phone.
    Confused.

    Phone?

    Are you even following the thread subject?
    10-09-2019 04:55 PM
  9. o4liberty's Avatar
    Confused.

    Phone?

    Are you even following the thread subject?
    Yes if you get water damage form showering with your watch it’s not covered period.
    10-09-2019 04:57 PM
  10. Tartarus's Avatar
    Yes if you get water damage form showering with your watch it’s not covered period.
    But what about the phone you mentioned? Where did that phone come from? Seconds ago it was a watch, when did that get a phone?
    10-09-2019 05:45 PM
  11. o4liberty's Avatar
    But what about the phone you mentioned? Where did that phone come from? Seconds ago it was a watch, when did that get a phone?
    Meant watch just made the change.
    10-09-2019 05:46 PM
  12. doogald's Avatar
    I wouldn't - to me, showering is to clean myself, so that means no watch on, since I can't clean myself beneath the watch when I am wearing it - but, if you do, I would make sure to rinse it well with fresh water.
    10-09-2019 06:59 PM
  13. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    Let’s make this easy. The Apple Watch, starting with Series 3 I believe, maybe Series 1 and 2, I can’t remember for sure. Regardless, around that time that water resistance was improved to swim proof. So unless your shower is 50m below the surface and you take longer than a 30 minute shower....it’ll be fine. I don’t shower with mine, though it has been in a pool.

    EDIT: As far as water is concerned.
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    10-09-2019 10:15 PM
  14. Cotoneph's Avatar
    I wouldn't do so as exposure to shampoos and soaps can reduce the shining of metals.
    10-10-2019 04:44 AM
  15. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    I don’t shower with mine because I wear it when sleeping to track my sleep, so it’s on the charger while I’m in the shower.

    However, isn’t the water coming out of the shower head fresh water? Therefore aren’t you “rinsing your watch with fresh water” ?
    10-10-2019 05:58 AM
  16. eyecrispy's Avatar
    I don't know why anyone would shower with a watch on. Just having to wear a soaking wet watch band would drive me bonkers. I don't even wear my wedding band in the shower. It just bugs me. To each his/her own, I suppose.
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    10-10-2019 09:58 AM
  17. Annie_8plus's Avatar
    Something has been nagging at me. In fact, I used a little bit of dawn when I spilled Papa John's garlic sauce all over my watch and had no problem. Then I remembered this post by Mikah Sargent here on iMore.

    https://www.imore.com/how-clean-your-apple-watch
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    10-10-2019 10:16 AM
  18. tcuprof's Avatar
    I have both showered and swam with every Apple Watch I've owned, which includes 1, 2, and 4. No problems. Shower away!
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    10-10-2019 01:33 PM
  19. dkbllb's Avatar
    I really appreciate all of the replies. It appears that there are differences of opinion and experience. These watches are so darned expensive that I guess I’ll play it safe and take mine off before hopping in the shower.
    Thank you everyone!
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    10-11-2019 09:29 AM
  20. o4liberty's Avatar
    I really appreciate all of the replies. It appears that there are differences of opinion and experience. These watches are so darned expensive that I guess I’ll play it safe and take mine off before hopping in the shower.
    Thank you everyone!
    Good idea only reason is Apple does not cover water damage period. Watch is too expensive in my opinion to even chance that type of damage. I have a leather band and they don’t like water.
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    10-11-2019 10:17 AM
  21. Pirate's Avatar
    I showered with my Series 3 all the time, soap all over, no problems. I would take it off to wash the back to get any gunk off, worked fine. Now I shower with the Series 5, wear in the pool, and hot tub. No issues at all. It's made to be worn.
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    10-12-2019 09:34 PM
  22. doogald's Avatar
    I showered with my Series 3 all the time, soap all over, no problems. I would take it off to wash the back to get any gunk off, worked fine. Now I shower with the Series 5, wear in the pool, and hot tub. No issues at all. It's made to be worn.
    Just a note, though that people should know that Apple does not cover water damage under warranty. If you have a watch with water damage and have AppleCare+, it will be counted as one of your two incidents. This despite the fact that the watch is marketed as water resistant and even for people who have not subject the watch to anything but shallow water swimming.

    So, keep it in mind if you want to continue showering with the AW. (I have an almost three year old S2 that I would swim with daily in the summer, wear in the rain, etc., and it has continued to maintain its water resistance.)
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