You can use the Water Lock feature on your Apple Watch running watchOS 4 during your fun-loving water sport to provide an additional shield to your smartwatch. When this new feature is enabled, it completely locks the screen of your device to prevent water from entering speaker holes or microphone. Once you have finished your swimming, you can quickly turn off the Water Lock feature by turning Digital drown to unlock and eject water from the Apple watch.

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It is worth mentioning that this new watchOS 4 feature is available only on the Apple Watch Series 2 and 3. Let me show you how it works.

What should I do when my Apple Watch gets wet?

Your immediate action should be wiping your watch off with a lint-free and nonabrasive cloth if your Apple Watch gets wet. You must not use heat, compressed air or sprays on your watch to keep it clean and dry.

Clean and dry your watch, watch bands, and your skin after exercise or heavy sweating. When you come out of the swimming pool or any other body of water, rinse your Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple Watch Series 3 under warm tap water. You should dry your watch and watchband completely if they got wet in freshwater.

In case your Apple Watch gets wet and the sound of the speaker becomes less clear, you can follow the steps given below. But before you follow the steps, do not insert anything into the watch openings; people tend to insert something into the microphone or speaker ports. Moreover, never shake your watch to remove water. Instead, you can charge your watch overnight to get water or moisture evaporated from the watch.

If water enters the air vent of your Apple Watch Series 3, measurements from the barometric altimeter may show less accuracy. Once the water is evaporated, the normal altimeter performance will be achieved.

How to Use Water Lock Feature on Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 2 in watchOS 4

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How to Enable Water Lock on Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple Watch Series 2

Apple Watch automatically locks its screen with Water Lock to keep accidental taps away when you begin to swim. Once you finish swimming, you need to keep spinning Digital crown to unlock the watch screen and clear the water from Apple Watch. Upon this, you can hear sounds and may feel the presence of water on your wrist.

Step #1:

Hold your Apple Watch in your hands and swipe up from the bottom on your watch face.

Swipe Up from the Watch Face to Access Control Center on Apple Watch

Step #2:

This will bring up Control Center on your watch; you need to tap on Water Lock.

Tap on Water Lock Screen to Eject Watch from Apple Watch

That’s it!.

You have successfully locked your Apple Watch screen with a Water lock. Now you can enjoy swimming or any water-based workout activity you like the most.

How to Disable Water Lock and Unlock Apple Watch

You can easily turn off this water lock feature from the Apple Watch screen by following these simple steps mentioned below.

Step #1: 

Just Keep rotating Digital Crown until you see Unlocked message on Apple Watch Screen.

keep rotating Digital Crown to Unlock Apple Watch and Eject Water

Apple Watch Unlocked and Water is Removed from Speakers

Note that this process will eject water from Apple Watch speaker holes. So I would recommend you do this process once again to make sure that your Apple watch remains safe.

How to Eject Water from Apple Watch 1

Put your Apple Watch on a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth with the speaker side down. This is to see if any water drips out if it is in the microphone or speaker.

Note that if there is water in the speaker, it can affect the performance of the speaker of the microphone until that water gets evaporated completely.

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Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch first generation are equipped with a water resistance rating of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529. While Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple Watch Series 3 boast water resistance rating of 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010. Also note that classic buckle, leather loop, modern buckle, Milanese, and link bracelet bands are not water-resistant.

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