How to Change Your Apple Watch Band

How to Change Your Apple Watch Band

An Apple Watch makes a statement. It shows you are on top of the latest technology. It also shows off your fashion sense, but you can add even more style with changeable watch bands.

Changing your watch band is a snap, and we’ll walk you through the process. We even offer tips if you’re struggling during the process. However, it’s up to you to choose whatever band speaks to your sense of style.

Prep the surface

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Before you start working on your watch, prepare a soft microfiber cover on a sturdy table, as shown above.  This prevents you from accidentally scratching the pretty watch face.

Release the old band

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Step 1: Flip the watch over to see two thin, elongated oval release buttons — one at the top and one at the bottom. Be sure to hold the watch firmly in your hand before moving on, or place it face down on the soft cloth surface.

Step 2: Hold down either release button and shift the band to the right or left until it slides off the watch body, as shown above.

Step 3: Rinse and repeat for the other watchband.

If you’re having trouble removing the band, keep pressing down on the button and try again. Some bands are easy to remove while others can be extremely stubborn, especially if there’s a collection of gunk.

In the end, your Apple Watch should resemble the limbless model pictured below.

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Add the new band

If you look at the new band, you will see a small bit of plastic in the center. When you insert the band, this piece moves into a small lock on either side of the watch body, securing the band.

That said, slide the replacement band into place until you hear a click, signifying a proper locked seating. However, read on for the actual step-by-step instructions.

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Step 1: Position your new strap properly to fit your wrist so it’s not backward or upside down. If you’re switching from a two-strap band to a loop, it may take some figuring out to get it positioned properly.

Step 2: Slide the new band into the groove until you hear it click. Without pressing the release button, gently move the band left and right to make sure it is attached securely — it should not budge.

Step 3: Repeat these steps for the other side.

Remember, be absolutely sure the band is fastened securely before wearing the watch again. There’s nothing more dreadful than seeing that expensive device flip up and hit the pavement.

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If you just purchased a new Apple Watch, the company has a gorgeous collection of bands with a variety of designs, meaning the way you adjust them can vary between models. With so many great straps to choose from, you can create a different look for every occasion and season.

Release the old band

Step 1. Flip the watch over and you’ll see two thin oval-shaped button-releases: one on top, one below. Keep it securely in your hand before moving forward or place it on a cloth surface.

Step 2: Press release buttons and move the band right until it slides off the watch body.

Step 3: Rinse and repeat for another watchband.

If you don’t like to remove bands, press it down again and try again. Sometimes some bands can be removed easily, while some may be stubborn. Lets say your iPhone resembles the limbless model shown below.

Is it bad to constantly change Apple watch bands?

Luckily, Apple Watch bands are always changed whenever they’re desired. You can change watchbands daily and in many different ways. You’ll see the watch movement has never worn down. Change the bands for Apple Watches can be considered purely cosmetic choices.

What to Know

  1. Turn off your Apple Watch, hold down the band release buttons on the back, then slide the bands across to remove each strap.
  2. With the text on the new band facing you, slide the new band in until you feel and hear a soft click.
  3. You must use a watch strap specifically made for Apple Watches.

How to Remove Your Apple Watch Band

You need to be able to remove your Apple Watch’s original wrist strap before you can replace it with a new one.

Place your Apple Watch face down on a smooth and clean surface, ideally a micro-fiber cloth or soft mat on a desktop.

Tips: Make sure your Apple Watch is switched off so that you don’t accidentally tap anything.

2. Hold down the band release button on the back of the Apple Watch with your fingertip or fingernail.

Note: There are two band release buttons for each strap. They’re located at the top and bottom of the back of the Apple Watch. The buttons are the same color as the rest of the back of the Apple Watch, but they’re fairly easy to spot.

3. While holding the button, slide the band across to remove it.

4. Once the band slides out, you can release the band release button. If the band does not slide out, try pressing the band release button again and make sure you are holding it down.

Repeat the same process for the remaining strap.

How to Install a New Apple Watch Wrist Band

Inserting a new Apple watch wrist band is even easier than removing the old one.

The Apple Watch doesn’t use a standard watch band. You need to use a watch strap specifically made for the device. All Apple Watches use the same type.

1.   Make sure the small text on the back of the new band is facing you.

2.  Tilt the new wrist band a little so that it’s in line with the angle of the Apple Watch’s wrist strap slot.

3.  Slide the apple watch strap in until you feel and hear a soft click.

If you don’t feel or hear a click, try sliding the band back out, then back in again. When you’re done, you can change your Apple Watch face to match your new band.

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