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Cleaning and wearing Apple Watch

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.

Learn what's in 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
  • Woven Nylon: Nylon with Stainless Steel
See wearing Apple Watch for additional safety information. For Apple Watch Hermès, see these instructions for wearing Apple Watch Hermès bands.

Clean and dry your Apple Watch

Keep your Apple Watch clean and dry. Use a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth. Some models include one. 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 materials 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:
  1. Turn off your Apple Watch and remove it from the charger.
  2. Clean your Apple Watch with a recommended cloth. If needed, you can lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water.
  3. Dry your Apple Watch with a recommended cloth.
If the Digital Crown isn’t turning smoothly, learn how to clean it. 

Clean and dry your band

For leather and nylon bands:
  1. 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.
  2. Leather bands aren't water resistant. Soaking them might cause discoloration, skin irritation, or other damage.
  3. Let the band air dry. Direct sunlight, high temperatures, and humid conditions can cause damage.
For all other bands, buckles, and closures:
  1. Wipe down the band with a recommended cloth. If needed, you can lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water.
  2. Dry the band with a recommended cloth.

Tips to avoid skin irritation, or if you have allergies or skin sensitivities

  • 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, you may want to consult your physician before you put Apple Watch back on.
  • See wearing Apple Watch for additional safety information.

  1. Nonabrasive, lint-free cleaning cloths come with all Stainless Steel models that ship with Link Bracelets, and all Apple Watch Edition models.
  2. 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.
  3. Leather usually takes on a patina after normal wear. The leather might also change color due to exposure to substances like perfume, insect repellent, oil, lotion, or dyed materials like denim.

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