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Is the Google Pixel Watch waterproof?

Can this smartwatch handle a dip in the pool?
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October 7, 2022
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The new Google Pixel Watch is supposed to combine the best of the Pixel’s hardware with Google’s recently acquired Fitbit fitness and exercise devices. One key feature that many smartwatch owners want is some kind of waterproof rating. So is the Pixel Watch waterproof? That’s what we are going to detail right now.

THE SHORT ANSWER

The Pixel Watch is not fully waterproof, but it should handle sweat from exercise, along with a shower and swims in a pool, with no ill effects.

KEY SECTIONS

Pixel Watch water resistance limits

According to Google, the Pixel Watch has a 5ATM water resistance rating. What does that mean? Well, the rating indicates that the smartwatch can withstand water pressures up to 50 meters (164 feet) in depth (1ATM equals 10 meters of depth). That should allow owners to wear it while exercising, showering, or even while swimming.

However, owners who may think that the Pixel Watch is fully waterproof should think again. As with any device, water resistance will gradually get lower during the lifetime of the Pixel Watch, due to normal wear and tear. Also, any knocks or drops of the watch on a hard surface could cause a decrease in water resistance. Finally, some of the Pixel Watch’s bands may not be water resistant at all. If water does come in contact with the smartwatch, Google recommends drying both the watch and the band as soon as possible.

The Pixel Watch does not have an official IP rating for dust and water resistance, so keep that in mind as well when using it in any situation that involves liquids.

Read more: ATM and IP ratings explained

Can I swim while wearing the Pixel Watch?

Google’s marketing materials for the Pixel Watch state that swimmers should only take the device in shallow water, despite what the rating says. Also, it should not be used in high temperatures, like you might find in a hot tub or sauna.

Can I take a shower with it?

Yes, the Pixel Watch should be able to keep working if you wear it in the shower. Again, make sure you dry the watch and the band afterward.

Pixel Watch alternatives for swimmers and triathletes

If you are a serious swimmer, there are some water-resistant smartwatches that can serve you better than the Pixel Watch.

Garmin Forerunner 955

The Garmin Forerunner 955 is an expensive smartwatch that offers many more fitness and swimming features compared to the Pixel Watch. You can even buy a version that can charge up with solar energy.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 has a feature called Water Lock. It turns off the smartwatch’s touchscreen, wake-up gestures, and always-on display so you can go swimming with it on. When you finish, just disable Water Lock, which will eject any residual water from the smartwatch.

Read more: Is the Galaxy Watch 5 waterproof?

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Apple Watch Ultra

The company claims that the Apple Watch Ultra is for serious athletes. It has a tough titanium case and can handle diving in water up to 40 meters. It even has its own Depth app to show how deep in the water you are.

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Apple Watch Ultra
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FAQ

If you suspect that water has gotten inside your Pixel Watch, place it in a jar of silica gel (preferable) or uncooked rice. The best option is to take the watch to professional service.

The Pixel Watch’s Fitbit integration includes over 40 exercises, including surfing.

Yes. Saltwater can be highly corrosive, so keep the Pixel Watch out of salt water.

No. Any damage caused by liquid will not be covered by the warranty for the Pixel Watch, according to Google’s own statements.