How to Clean an Apple Watch: A Helpful Guide

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Consumers purchased over 46 million Apple watches by 2018. That's half of all smartwatch sales!

If you are one of these millions with an Apple watch, you've probably wondered about the best way to clean it. Read on to learn how to clean an Apple watch.

Remove Your Band

Start with the watch turned off and unplugged from the charger.

To do a good job cleaning an apple watch you need to first remove the band from the watch unit.

Start Cleaning Apple Watch

You will need a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth such as the kind you would use to clean eyeglasses. 

Rub it all around the front and back of your apple watch.

If there is any sticky or oily dirt on the watch, you can dampen the cloth to lift those spots. You can run the watch under warm water for 10 seconds as well. 

Never use any soap or other cleaners on your watch.

You can lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water if needed to remove oily or sticky substances.

Dry the watch with a lint-free cloth. 

Clean the Apple Watch Digital Crown

Sometimes the digital crown on your Apple watch gets stuck or won't move. Dust, sweat, or hand lotion might have gotten inside.

If you are wondering how to clean an Apple watch digital crown, don't worry. It's fairly easy. 

Hold the digital crown under lightly running warm water for 10-15 seconds.

As the water flows, turn and press the digital crown several times so the water can get into the gap between the crown and the housing.

Dry your Apple watch with a lint-free towel or cloth. Make sure you dry the surface of the digital crown and the spaces around it.

Clean the Mic on Your Apple Watch

Do people have a hard time hearing you on your Apple watch? Likely the mic is clogged and needs to be cleaned.

Never use toothpicks, pen tips, or compressed air cans to clean the mic. 

Use a slightly damp cloth and rub it over the mic a few times. Then, use a cotton swab and swipe it over the mic. This will lift any debris leftover.

Now, ask a nearby friend to test your Apple watch by using the Walkie Talkie feature. If the clarity sounds good, great. If not, repeat the cleaning steps one more time.

Cleaning Apple Watch Bands

Do you have one of the best Apple watch bands out there? Keep it looking sharp by cleaning it well. 

Always remove your watch band from the watch before you clean it.

If you have a leather band, wipe it with a lightly damp, lint-free cloth. Never soak the band in water because they are not water-resistant.

Lay you watch band flat to air dry. Make sure it is fully dry before you reattach it to your watch.

To clean Apple watch bands not made of leather, again you will use a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth. Follow these steps to clean the buckles and closures as well.

You can use a dry or damp cloth depending on how dirty it is. Dry your Apple watch band with a lint-cloth. Then you can attach it to your Apple watch.

Remember, if you have a watch band that is not manufactured by Apple, you should follow the manufacture's cleaning instructions. 

Now You Know How to Clean Apple Watch 

There you go! Now you know how to clean an Apple watch safely without risking any damage to it.

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