How to Change Your Apple Watch Band

One of the best things about an Apple Watch is that you can customize the band to suit your style. If you want your watch band to match your clothes every day or for special occasions, you'll want to know how to change the band.

Knowing how to properly change the band ensures that you won't damage the watch or accessories. Follow these steps for success at changing the band of your Apple Watch. 

Before You Get Started

Make sure that you choose a watch band that corresponds with the size of your Apple Watch's case. 

The same band size can be used for the 38- and 40-millimeter, and the same is also true for the 42- and 44-millimeter cases. In other words, a band for a 42- or 44-millimeter Apple Watch case is not compatible with a 38- or 40-millimeter case.

Remove the Case 

To remove the case from the band, press the band release button. It's located along the bottom edge of the Apple Watch. Slide the band across in order to remove it. Repeat this for the top part of the band. If you're having trouble releasing the band from the case, push the button again. Hold it down with one hand while you slide the band with your other hand. 

Remove a Link Bracelet

If you have a link bracelet, fold the butterfly closure. Push one of the release buttons. Gently pull the links apart.

Attach a New Band 

To attach the new Apple Watch band to the case, align the band's clasp with the watch's case. Slide the band into place. You should hear it click as it fastens. Keep in mind that you can use Apple's Watch bands or third-party watch bands so long as they correspond with the case size of your Apple Watch.

Make Sure the Band Fits 

In order for you to make the most of your Apple Watch's features, your watch band should fit snugly around your wrist. If the band is loose, the watch will not be able to make contact with your skin. The skin contact is necessary for the watch to monitor your heart rate, and your Apple Watch will only be able to make those readings when it is worn on the top of your wrist. Contact is also necessary for you to receive haptic notifications.

On the other hand, if your watch is too tight, your skin might sweat or feel uncomfortable. A good rule of thumb is to tighten the band a little before working out and loosen it a little after you finish. 

Reasons to Change Your Apple Watch's Band 

In addition to wanting the watch band to match your clothes, there are some other reasons why you might want to change the band. The watches typically come with a large leather band attached, but it might be too loose if you have small wrists. Swapping out the watchband to one that fits properly enhances your comfort and prevents the watch from sliding on your arm or down your hand. You may also want to change the band if something splashes on it, and it needs to be cleaned.

Changing your Apple Watch band is a great way to liven up your look! Shop our luxury leather watch bands for Apple Watches and use the easy instructions above to change the band. You’ll have a style upgrade in no time!