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15 Things Your Apple Watch Should Never Touch



The Apple Watch is not waterproof and while it is water-resistant Apple is very specific about where you shouldn’t wear it. We also learned about 15 things that you should make sure never touch your Apple Watch.

Sweat is fine, but if you love to lather up with lotion, spray on bug repellent and constantly wash your hands you will want to be careful about what touches your Apple Watch.

Apple outlines the care that the company went through to select skin friendly materials for the Apple Watch design, but with stainless steel, aluminum, leather, gold and other metals in the mix there are specific items that Apple says you should minimize the exposure to.

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To be clear, if you get a little bit of one of these items on your Apple Watch it isn’t the end of the world, but prolonged and repeated exposure could damage your Apple Watch or the things it touches.

Don't let these things come into contact with your Apple Watch.

Don’t let these things come into contact with your Apple Watch.

Before you wear your Apple Watch here are 15 things you should do your best to keep it from touching, straight from the Apple Watch User Guide.

  1. Soap
  2. Detergent
  3. Acids or acidic foods
  4. Salt water
  5. Soapy water
  6. Pool water
  7. Perfume
  8. Insect repellent
  9. Lotions
  10. Sunscreen
  11. Oil
  12. Adhesive remover
  13. Hair dye
  14. Cleaning solutions and liquids
  15. Key cards and credit cards

Apple doesn’t state what can happen with the first 14 items on this list, but the magnet could cause problems for credit card and key card magnetic stripes.

It's a good thing you can use the Apple Watch as a hotel key and a credit card b/c it can damage a physical card.

It’s a good thing you can use the Apple Watch as a hotel key and a credit card b/c it can damage a physical card.

If you do let some o these items come into contact with your Apple Watch the company recommends cleaning it quickly. Here’s how you should clean the Apple Watch.

  • Turn off Apple Watch. Press and hold the side button, then drag the Power Off slider to the right.

  • Depress the band release buttons and remove the band.

  • Wipe Apple Watch clean with a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth. If necessary, you can also lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water.

  • Dry Apple Watch with a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth

Do not use cleaning materials, just the cloth and a small amount of fresh water if needed. The Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport should handle exposure to these items better than the Apple Watch Edition. Apple specifically warns to, “remove surface oil, perfumes, lotions, and other substances, especially before storing Apple Watch Edition.”

If you get these things on your Apple Watch clean it the right way.

If you get these things on your Apple Watch clean it the right way.

If you are trying to clean the Apple Watch you should not spray it with canned air or try to dry it or the bands faster with a hair dryer or other external heat source.

One other thing that you should try to avoid is hot and cold weather. The Apple Watch’s temperature range is 32° and 95° F (0° and 35° C). When used outside these ranges the heart rate monitor may not work as well, the display may dim, there might be a temperature warning screen and some apps may close.

From a water exposure standpoint you should not submerge the Apple Watch, but it is OK to wear while working out and while washing your hands. The pressurized water from the shower or from water sports like waterskiing can weaken the water resistance.

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Answer Calls on the Apple Watch

Answer Calls on the Apple Watch

You can answer a call on your Apple Watch using it as a small Bluetooth speakerphone. You only want to use this for shorter calls because the audio quality isn't as good as when you are talking on speakerphone on your iPhone. 

The Apple Watch only allows you to answer your calls on Speakerphone, so you won't want to use this all the time. It is very handy when you are working on a project or busy with your hands. Definitely be conscious of where you are taking calls. If you wouldn't talk on speakerphone, you shouldn't talk on your Apple Watch.

If you buy the new Apple Watch with LTE, you can even make calls on the Apple Watch without your iPhone nearby. This requires adding the watch to your plan for $10 a month. You cannot answer a FaceTime video call on the Apple Watch. 



  1. Notgivingyou Name

    05/31/2015 at 6:56 pm

    Your information is incorrect especially about performance issues. Should be “Volume UP” not down

  2. esther

    02/21/2016 at 1:10 am

    Hi I love my (white) apple watch . I think I have a high amount of acidity in my body and slowly over time, I have noticed that there is a green stain on the white strap. I have tried washing with the magic white sponge and warm water, but unfortunately, no joy. Im a bit nervous to use bleach, but as it is my only other option, do you think I could use diluted bleach in warm water. many thanks. Esther

  3. hawonnguyen135

    04/01/2016 at 10:31 pm

    After reading about the known issues on Apple Watch and then this list, I don’t want to use it anymore

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