What happens if you don’t turn on water lock?

Answered by Frank Schwing

If you don’t turn on Water Lock on your Apple Watch while swimming or showering, there are a few things that can potentially happen. First and foremost, the water can inadvertently activate the screen or trigger taps, which can lead to unintended interactions on your watch. This can be quite frustrating, as you may find yourself accidentally launching apps or changing settings while you’re in the water.

Moreover, water can also cause damage to your watch if it seeps into the internal components. Apple Watches are water-resistant, but they are not completely waterproof. Without Water Lock, there is a higher risk of water getting into the watch and potentially causing malfunctions or even permanent damage.

When water enters your watch, it can affect the touch sensitivity of the screen, making it less responsive or causing erratic behavior. Additionally, water can corrode the internal circuitry, potentially leading to long-term issues with the watch’s functionality.

Furthermore, without Water Lock, excess water may remain trapped within the watch after you finish swimming or showering. This can cause discomfort and skin irritation, as the water can create a moist environment against your skin, leading to rashes or other skin problems.

To avoid these potential issues, it is highly recommended to activate Water Lock on your Apple Watch before exposing it to water. This feature not only locks the screen to prevent accidental interactions but also engages the watch’s eject mode, which uses sound and vibrations to expel any water that may have entered the device.

To turn on Water Lock, simply swipe up on the watch face to access the Control Center, then tap on the water droplet icon. This will activate Water Lock, and you will see a brief animation and hear a sound indicating that the feature is enabled. You can now confidently wear your watch while swimming or showering without worrying about accidental taps or water damage.

After you’re done with your water activities, it is important to disable Water Lock to resume normal usage and allow any trapped water to be expelled. To do this, simply turn the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch until you see the animation and hear the sound indicating that Water Lock is being disabled. The screen will then unlock, and any excess water will be expelled through the speaker, helping to prevent discomfort and potential damage.

Not turning on Water Lock on your Apple Watch while swimming or showering can lead to accidental interactions, potential water damage to the internal components, and discomfort from trapped water. It is crucial to activate Water Lock to ensure a smooth and worry-free experience while using your watch in water.