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Is the Apple Watch Series 8 waterproof? We dive in

Your go-to wearables can handle a boatload of water.
August 19, 2023
An Apple Watch Series 8 rests in a small puddle.
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From the pool to the tub, Apple Watches tend to stay on users’ wrists all day long. They’re also built to stand up to regular wear, whether you equip an Apple Watch case or not. Find out if your Apple Watch Series 8 is waterproof and what conditions you should avoid to keep your wearable in working order.

Is the Apple Watch Series 8 waterproof?

While not waterproof, the Apple Watch Series 8 is water resistant up to 50 meters.
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While no device is truly waterproof, the Apple Watch Series 8 does boast decent water resistance. With a WR50 rating, it can withstand pressure at depths up to 50 meters. It can be used for shallow-water activities like swimming laps in a pool or open-water workouts in the ocean. When you begin a swimming workout, the watch will also automatically enable Water Lock.

The Apple Watch Series 8 is not, however, built to submerge beyond 50 meters nor will it stand up to high-velocity water. For scuba diving or diving off a high board, you’ll need to invest in an Apple Watch Ultra. Apple’s priciest model has a water-resistance rating of 100 meters and meets EN13319 depth standards. While the Apple Watch Series 9 is on its way soon, it’s likely to share the same water resistance rating as the Series 8.

What does IP6X certification mean?

The Apple Watch Series 8 is rated IP6X dust resistant. This IP rating means the device is built dust-tight and is protected from damaging particles entering the watch case.

What does WR50 water resistance mean?

An Apple Watch Series 8 rests on its side, highlighting the device's sensors and WR50 rating.
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WR50 represents a wearable’s water resistance rating and indicates what conditions the device can handle. A WR50 rating means the watch is water-resistant at depths up to 50 meters. As mentioned, that also means the watch is safe to wear for shallow swimming. Running through a neighbor’s sprinkler on a hot run is also safe (depending on your neighbors). Devices with a WR50 rating are not meant for activities like cliff diving, water skiing, or swimming beyond 50 meters deep.

One notable risk factor is steam. Apple does not recommend wearing devices with a WR50 rating in steam rooms or saunas. It’s also important to avoid exposing your watch to soap, perfumes, bug sprays, and lotions which can degrade the wearable over time.


The Apple Watch Series 8 is safe for showering, however, exposure to soapy water or steam can be damaging to the device.

The Apple Watch Series 8 is safe for swimming at depths of less than 50 meters.

No. While the Apple Watch Series 8 watch case is water-resistant, not all compatible bands are equally durable. Avoid exposing leather or metal Apple Watch bands to water as these are not waterproof.

We consider the Apple Watch one of the top smartwatches you can buy. With a WR50 rating, the Series 8 is worth buying for most athletes, including swimmers. Unfortunately, the device is only compatible with iPhones so Android users will need to shop for an Apple Watch alternative.