1. csal80's Avatar
    Hi, has anyone who has been showering with the apple watch for some time beginning to experience problems with it? Early tests revealed that showering was not harmful, but I am just wondering about more long term effects.
    06-26-2015 05:33 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Remember now, the Watch is water-'resistant' and not waterproof and therefore, at some point, prolonged contact with water will have adverse effects.


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    06-26-2015 05:37 PM
  3. csal80's Avatar
    Remember now, the Watch is water-'resistant' and not waterproof and therefore, at some point, prolonged contact with water will have adverse effects.


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    I am wondering how the apple techs would be able to tell you were using your watch in a way that wasn't recommended versus just normal hand washing. Another words I may roll the dice if my apple care will cover it without having to spend 50 bucks on the deductible and use up a replacement.
    06-26-2015 05:43 PM
  4. Tpence2177's Avatar
    I am wondering how the apple techs would be able to tell you were using your watch in a way that wasn't recommended versus just normal hand washing. Another words I may roll the dice if my apple care will cover it without having to spend 50 bucks on the deductible and use up a replacement.
    Don't know about the apple watch, but with the pebble steel it is rated for 5atm or something like that. They said swim in it all you want, but repeated exposure to the heat in a shower would degrade the seals. That being said I have showered in my pebble steel. I don't anymore. I went back to my regular citizen, but they may be able to tell by how the seals look if it has been exposed to more than just regular hand washing and such.
    06-26-2015 06:15 PM
  5. lackster2's Avatar
    I've showered about 10 times with my watch. I have the silver sport with Milanese Loop band, and I've developed a practice of loosening the band and sliding the watch up my arm to allow cleaning the area covered by the watch.

    This practice also cleans both the watch and band. I'm an eyeglass wearer, and practice daily water and detergent cleaning of my eyewear; this is almost a requirement for anything in contact with the body to remove skin cells, oils, etc that are normally sloughed off.
    06-27-2015 11:17 AM
  6. Dave Marsh's Avatar
    No problems for me. I've accidentally showered with it a couple of times with no ill effects. I don't really want a soap film on the watch, and avoid that as much as I can. I worry about the soap creating smaller bubbles that might slip through the speaker/microphone openings.
    06-27-2015 11:28 AM
  7. Bigeric23's Avatar
    I would never shower with a watch--even if it were waterproof.
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    06-27-2015 01:11 PM
  8. Haalcyon's Avatar
    I would never shower with a watch--even if it were waterproof.
    Me either. ...but different strokes....
    06-27-2015 01:46 PM
  9. jschu22's Avatar
    Water alone absolutely will not cause problems over time. More likely it's time itself that would be the downfall as seals just get old and dry somewhat, allowing moisture in. Combine that with wide temperature swings and there could be issues. That being said, I don't think a properly assembled watch will be problematic but it doesn't hurt to be safe.
    06-27-2015 01:54 PM
  10. phreddyl's Avatar
    I also don't understand the fascination with showing with your watch. I don't think I ever forgot to take my watch off before I showered or ever thought damn... Wish I could wear it while I showered


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    06-27-2015 02:06 PM
  11. csal80's Avatar
    I also don't understand the fascination with showing with your watch. I don't think I ever forgot to take my watch off before I showered or ever thought damn... Wish I could wear it while I showered


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    I like to because it cleans it without having to remember to clean it. Also makes the band absorb the smell of your soap over time. Bands can get pretty gross smelling with all the sweat build up. Keep in mind I wear it to the gym everyday and play hockey with it.
    06-27-2015 02:11 PM
  12. phreddyl's Avatar
    I like to because it cleans it without having to remember to clean it. Also makes the band absorb the smell of your soap over time. Bands can get pretty gross smelling with all the sweat build up. Keep in mind I wear it to the gym everyday and play hockey with it.
    I would prefer to clean what's under the band... Could always take the band off to wash. That's just my opinion


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    06-27-2015 02:13 PM
  13. lackster2's Avatar
    Yea, I understand where you're coming from. Prior to the Apple Watch, I had not worn a watch since I started carrying a mobile phone in the 90's. And, prior to that, I would always remove my watch before showering.

    However, when I heard Tim Cook respond to a question by stating that he wears his watch while showering, that boosted my confidence in Apples design. And further, one of the Apple instructions to remedy a hard-to-turn Digital Crown is to HOLD IT UNDER A STREAM OF WATER while turning the crown, thus loosening/removing any foreign objects that may be causing said problem.

    I suspect the wearables design team looked at the problems encountered by any device worn in proximity with the body, i.e. long term implants, insulin pumps, etc. and were well prepared to spec the most appropriate case metals, o-ring seal materials, and final assembly techniques to ensure a reliable, well functioning device.

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    06-27-2015 02:25 PM
  14. Peligro911's Avatar
    For the most part i shower with it every day...not worried one bit that is why i have apple care. i do however get a film on it sometimes that i have to clean off later but no biggie .. i have not had any sound or mic issues either.
    06-29-2015 07:29 PM
  15. csal80's Avatar
    For the most part i shower with it every day...not worried one bit that is why i have apple care. i do however get a film on it sometimes that i have to clean off later but no biggie .. i have not had any sound or mic issues either.
    Are you worried with your apple care that they would try and charge you the swap out fee and use up one of your allowable swap outs? Or do you think they would swap out on the basis that it is defective and not charge you the fee? With the iPhone it is easy for them to detect damage by water since the area near the SIM card turns red. Not sure if there is any check for the apple watch and plus it would have to distinguish between excessive water exposure versus just normal use covered by the water resistant rating. Bottom line, if any harm to the watch brought on by showering would be classified by the apple techs as a defect where the watch would just be swapped out under apple care, then I would not sweat it one bit.
    06-29-2015 09:21 PM
  16. Peligro911's Avatar
    Are you worried with your apple care that they would try and charge you the swap out fee and use up one of your allowable swap outs? Or do you think they would swap out on the basis that it is defective and not charge you the fee? With the iPhone it is easy for them to detect damage by water since the area near the SIM card turns red. Not sure if there is any check for the apple watch and plus it would have to distinguish between excessive water exposure versus just normal use covered by the water resistant rating. Bottom line, if any harm to the watch brought on by showering would be classified by the apple techs as a defect where the watch would just be swapped out under apple care, then I would not sweat it one bit.
    No not really if would quote Tim Cook lol .. I do not know how they check for water damage they prob have to open it up and see if it's been tampered with


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    06-29-2015 10:22 PM
  17. lackster2's Avatar
    With the iPhone, there's a binary test for water ingress; has the internal sensor changed color or not? This, on a device that Apple has never sold as being water resistant.

    With the watch, they design to a given IP-x rating (Ingress Protected), and hope that the design works to meet that standard under a statistically reasonable figure. However, I think they would be a little more forgiving should a water damaged watch be presented at the Genius Bar.
    06-29-2015 10:54 PM
  18. bamf-hacker's Avatar
    I take my watch into the shower, but I don't shower with it


    After I finish working out I lock all my stuff in my locker, iPhone, wallet, etc. Then I use the restroom before I shower. I like to look at the news, weather, my calendar, etc. on the watch. I don't want to have to go back to my locker, unlock it and put the watch away so I take it with me into the shower. I take it off and put on the shelf. After I am done I dry off and put it back on. Plus if I feel like I am in there for a long time relaxing under the water I have a clock to look at to make sure I am not late for work.

    07-01-2015 02:14 PM
  19. Just1n_P's Avatar
    I've been showering in mine for the past 2 weeks. No degradation.
    07-04-2015 02:54 AM
  20. jsing2010's Avatar
    I'm way too nervous to shower with my watch on
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    07-04-2015 05:13 AM
  21. Bigeric23's Avatar
    I'm way too nervous to shower with my watch on
    I agree 100% with you.
    07-04-2015 10:30 AM
  22. bamf-hacker's Avatar
    Eh don't be nervous, but I would t do it regularly.
    07-04-2015 11:13 AM
  23. Dave Marsh's Avatar
    I wore mine in the pool at a BBQ today. All was fine. I didn't attempt serious swimming, just walking around in the shallow end of the pool enjoying drinks and conversation with friends, but I regularly dunked it in the water as I chatted. Minor water incursions will not harm it.
    07-04-2015 11:57 PM
  24. dezee38's Avatar
    2 question for people who wear watches in the shower..... Did u do this prior to owning an apple watch? and What is the purpose? I've got to b missing something.
    07-07-2015 07:34 PM
  25. csal80's Avatar
    2 question for people who wear watches in the shower..... Did u do this prior to owning an apple watch? and What is the purpose? I've got to b missing something.
    When you start tracking your daily progress you begin to get obsessed with the stats, you start to live by it. You do not want to lose credit even for just one second. You do not want to separate from the watch at all during day because of this. That was reason one. Reason two, for me at least, is it cleans it and makes it smell nice. When you are wearing your watch all day long from the second you get up to go to bed, during workouts, etc. this becomes more of a need than a regular watch. Cleaning is a must and wearing in shower removes the need to have to take off and clean regularly. Third reason, tell time in shower. I only wore other watches in shower when I wanted them cleaned.
    07-07-2015 07:42 PM
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