Remove, change, and fasten Apple Watch bands (2024)

Apple Watch User Guide

Follow these general instructions for removing, changing, and fastening bands.

Make sure that you use a band that corresponds to your AppleWatch case size.

  • You can use a band that’s designed for AppleWatch (1st generation) or AppleWatch Series1, 2, and 3 with AppleWatch Series4, AppleWatch Series5, AppleWatchSE, AppleWatch Series6, AppleWatch Series7, AppleWatch SE (2nd Generation), AppleWatch Series8, and AppleWatch Series9 as long as the sizes are compatible.

  • Bands for 38mm, 40mm, and 41mm cases are compatible with each other, and bands for 42mm, 44mm, and 45mm cases are compatible with each other.

  • Most bands designed for AppleWatch Series4, AppleWatch Series5, AppleWatchSE, AppleWatch Series6, AppleWatch Series7, AppleWatch SE (2nd Generation), AppleWatch Series8, and AppleWatch Series9 are compatible with any previous version of AppleWatch.

  • The Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop bands are designed specifically for AppleWatch Series4, AppleWatch Series5, AppleWatchSE, AppleWatch Series6, AppleWatch Series7, AppleWatch SE (2nd Generation), AppleWatch Series8, and AppleWatch Series9.

Remove and change bands

  1. Hold down the band release button on your AppleWatch.

  2. Slide the band across to remove it, then slide the new band in.

Never force a band into the slot. If you’re having trouble removing or inserting a band, hold down the band release button again.

Remove, change, and fasten Apple Watch bands (1)

Fasten a band

For optimal performance, your AppleWatch should fit closely on your wrist.

The back of your AppleWatch needs skin contact for features like wrist detection, haptic notifications, and the heart rate sensor. Wearing your AppleWatch with the right fit—not too tight, not too loose, and with room for your skin to breathe—keeps you comfortable and lets the sensors do their job. In addition, the sensors work only when you wear your AppleWatch on the top of your wrist.

For more information, see the Apple Support articles Wearing your Apple Watch and Change your Apple Watch band.

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Remove, change, and fasten Apple Watch bands (2024)

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Remove, change, and fasten Apple Watch bands? ›

Hold down the band release button, then slide the band across to remove it. If the band doesn't slide out, press the band release button again and make sure that you hold it down. Make sure that the text on the band is facing you, then slide the new band in until you feel and hear a click.

How does Apple Watch strap attach? ›

Locate the two buttons on the underside of the watch, one on each end of the strap. Press and hold down one of the buttons while sliding one side of the strap out of the slot. Repeat step 3 for the other side of the strap. To attach the new strap, slide one side of the new band into the slot until you hear a click.

What size Apple Watch band for a woman? ›

The ideal option for you would be a 38mm or 40mm watch with a tiny band if your wrist is less than 170mm (6.7 inches) in circumference. A 38mm or 40mm watch with a medium or large band can fit you better if your wrist measures between 170mm and 210mm (6.7 inches to 8.3 inches).

How much does it cost to remove links from a watch band? ›

Let Your Local Jeweler Remove the Watch Links

The best way to resize your watch band is to have it serviced by a watch repair shop or a reputable jeweler, ideally one who is also an authorized retailer of the brand that made your watch (i.e., Rolex or Breitling). Fees for such services are typically $10 to $15.

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