Learn about materials in your Apple Watch, and how to clean it. Get helpful tips on avoiding skin irritation, especially if you have allergies or skin sensitivities.
Material of Apple Watch
- Apple Watch: 316L Stainless Steel, Sapphire Crystal, Ceramic
- Apple Watch Sport: 7000 series Aluminum, Ion-X glass, Composite
- Apple Watch Edition: 18-Karat Gold, Sapphire Crystal, Ceramic
- Sport Band: Fluoroelastomer with Stainless Steel or 18-Karat Gold
- Milanese Loop: Stainless Steel
- Link Bracelet: Stainless Steel
- Leather Loop: Leather with Stainless Steel
- Modern Buckle: Leather with Stainless Steel or 18-Karat Gold
- Classic Buckle: Leather with Stainless Steel or 18-Karat Gold
Clean and Dry Apple Watch
Keep your Apple Watch clean and dry. Use a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth. Some models include one1. Because Apple Watch is splash and water resistant (but not waterproof), you can lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water.
Soaps, cleaning products, and abrasive materials2 shouldn’t be used on your Apple Watch. Compressed air and external heat sources like hair dryers can cause damage.
To clean Apple Watch, follow these steps:
- Turn off your Apple Watch, and remove it from the charger.
- Clean your Apple Watch with a recommended cloth. If needed, you can lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water.
- Dry your Apple Watch with a recommended cloth.
If the Digital Crown gets stuck or won’t move, it might be because of dirt or debris. If you find substances like dust or lotion around the Digital Crown, follow these steps to clean, and repeat as needed:
- Turn off your Apple Watch and remove it from the charger.
- If you have a leather band, remove it from your Apple Watch.
- 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.
- Continuously turn and press the Digital Crown as water runs over the small gap between the crown and the housing.
- Dry your Apple Watch with a non-abrasive, lint-free cleaning cloth.
If you can press and Turn Crown, But watch is not responding
- Turn off your Apple Watch and turn it back on.
- If you can’t turn off the device, or if your Apple Watch isn’t responding, then you can force restart the devices as a last resort: Press and hold both the side button and Digital Crown for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple Logo.
- If Still you face Issues, Apple SVC is the last option
For leather Band:
- Wipe down the band with the same type of cloth recommended for cleaning the Apple Watch. If needed, you can lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water.
- Leather bands aren’t water resistant. Soaking them might cause discoloration3, skin irritation, or other damage.
- Let the band air dry. Direct sunlight, high temperatures, and humid conditions can cause damage.
For all other bands, buckles, and closures:
- Wipe down the band with a recommended cloth. If needed, you can lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water.
- Dry the band with a recommended cloth.
What if your skin got allergy or you have very sensitive skin
- Wearing your Apple Watch with the right fit—not too tight, not too loose, and with room for your skin to breathe—will keep you comfortable. An overly tight band can cause skin irritation, while a band that’s too loose can cause rubbing.
- Keeping your Apple Watch and bands—as well as your skin—clean and dry will maximize comfort and prevent long-term damage to the watch. This is especially important after workouts or exposure to liquids such as sweat, soap, sunscreen, and lotions that can cause skin irritations. These irritants can make skin reactions more likely if found between Apple Watch and your skin.
- Pick the right Apple Watch and band. If you have known allergies or sensitivities to substances like metals or plastics, check the materials in each Apple Watch and band.
- If you experience redness, swelling, itchiness, or any other irritation, consult your physician before you put Apple Watch back on.