Tips for Maintaining Your Apple Watch

By Marc Saltzman

Safeguarding your Apple Watch investment is probably one of the wisest actions you should make. After all, unless you received it as a gift (lucky you), you probably spent hundreds or even many thousands of dollars on your Apple Watch, so it’s a good idea to proactively protect it from damage.

Because your smartwatch is wearable, at least you don’t have to worry so much about dropping it — like you would a smartphone, tablet, or laptop — but you still have steps you should take to ensure your Apple Watch runs smoothly for many years.

Avoiding water

The first tip is to be mindful of water. Remember, Apple Watch isn’t waterproof. It might be splash-resistant, but you shouldn’t fully submerge your wrist in water while wearing it. Keep your wrist away from the faucet when washing your hands or doing the dishes, and don’t forget to take it off when you hop into the shower, climb into a bath, or step into any body of water.

Your existing watch might be waterproof — and old habits die hard, as they say — so don’t forget to take off Apple Watch before you do anything involving water. You really don’t need to see who’s texting you while you’re soaking in a hot tub.

Getting caught in the rain or sweating profusely during a run are okay, says Apple, but err on the side of caution to be extra safe and leave Apple Watch behind before you go boating on a lake. Jogging with Apple Watch on a cloudy day? Don’t worry about an umbrella, as rain won’t harm your gadget.

Avoiding extreme temps

Be cautious when using your Apple Watch in extreme temperatures. This may be a relevant consideration based on where you live or work. Are you lying by the pool in Acapulco or Maui? Or perhaps you work in the Athabascan oil sands up in northeastern Alberta, Canada?

Apple hasn’t said what the optimum environmental requirements are for Apple Watch, but assuming for a moment it’s similar to its iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Macbook laptops, the following should be kept in mind:

  • Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)

  • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)

  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing

To be sure, however, check Apple’s website or ask someone who works at an Apple Store.

Doubting its durability

While Apple advertises how strong its smartwatch is — between it solid materials, reinforced glass, and durable wristbands — try to remember you’ve got a sophisticated computer on your left or right wrist.

Remove the watch whenever you’re doing something that could potentially damage it, such as tossing around a hardball with a child in a park or working under your car in a garage. Accidents happen, sure, but avoid the chance of impact to the area or harmful fluids from dripping onto the watch.

And then you should consider the bumps and knocks of everyday life: slamming a school locker shut, wrestling with your dog, or even putting away the dishes in drawers and cupboards. Don’t be afraid to wear and use Apple Watch, but it’s not immune to damage.

Considering a bumper

Just as other Apple products have countless accessories, you bet Apple Watch will see its fair share of optional add-ons to help you get more from the wearable — and this includes protective bumpers.

One of the first to be announced was ActionProof’s Apple Watch Bumper watch case — backed by a successful crowdfunding campaign on the Indiegogo website.

As you might suspect, the $35 rubber Bumper has been designed to snugly fit and protect your Apple Watch and make it action-proof — hence, the name of the company.

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Although the Bumper wraps around the body of the case, you still have access to the Digital Crown button and the Side button on the side of the watch. It also allows for full access to the screen, backside sensors on your skin, and unobstructed use of the microphone and speaker.