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Is the Apple Watch Series 7 waterproof?

Dive into more details about Apple's durability specs.
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December 1, 2023
Apple Watch Series 7 Water
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority

With a colorful display and fashion-forward bands, an Apple Watch makes a splash, but can it take one? Though the Apple Watch Series 9 is now the latest flagship, older generations are still fantastic wearables and gym partners. From the pool to the shower, find out if your Apple Watch Series 7 is waterproof enough to join you.

Is the Apple Watch Series 7 waterproof?

An Apple Watch Series 7 rests in a pool of water with drops on the watch case.
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The Apple Watch Series 7 boasts a WR50 rating, which means it can withstand pressure at depths up to 50 meters. It’s perfectly safe for swimming laps in a pool or even open-water workouts in the ocean.

On the other hand, you should not submerge your Apple Watch Series 7 beyond 50 meters, nor should you expose the device to high-velocity water. Only the Apple Watch Ultra or Ultra 2 should be taken scuba diving, for example. The pricier device has a water-resistance rating of 100 meters and meets EN13319 depth standards.

What does IP6X certification mean?

In addition to its WR50 rating, the Apple Watch Series 7 is IP6X dust resistant. This IP rating means the smartwatch is protected from otherwise damaging dust particles.

What does WR50 water resistance mean?

An Apple Watch Series 7 rests face down in a pool of water display its water resistance ratings.
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A WR50 rating means the Apple Watch Series 7 is water-resistant at depths up to 50 meters. With this rating, it’s safe for rain splashes, shallow swimming, washing dishes, and taking showers. As mentioned, it is not durable enough for more intense activities like scuba diving, cliff diving, water skiing, or free dives beyond 50 meters deep.


FAQs

Yes, it is okay to swim with your Apple Watch Series 7 at depths less than 50 meters.

Yes, the device is safe to wear in the shower. Apple does warn, however, that exposure to soapy water or steam can be damaging over time. Likewise, exposure to bug sprays, sunblock, and lotions can also be damaging.

Apple does not recommend wearing the Series 7 in steam rooms or saunas.

Supported Apple Watches offer water lock mode which disables the Apple Watch screen to avoid accidental touches during swim workouts. Afterwards, disabling water lock initiates the device’s built-in water ejection process.