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Is the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 waterproof?

Find out how your device stands up to splashes and more.

Published onNovember 29, 2023

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 My Photo Face
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority

If you typically torch calories in the pool, you may wonder if your wristwear can also take a dive. Before jumping in with your Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, find out if the device is waterproof. Though a newer Galaxy Watch 6 series exists, the company’s older models still make great workout companions.


The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 features a 5ATM and IP68 water resistance rating.


Is the Galaxy Watch 4 waterproof?

Unfortunately, no smartwatch is truly waterproof. However, the Galaxy Watch 4 does offer plenty of water resistance for tracking laps. Like the newer Galaxy Watch 5 and 6 series devices, the previous generation features IP68 and 5ATM ratings for water and pressure. This means it is water-resistant to depths of 50m.

What is Water Lock?

Before jumping in the pool, Samsung suggests activating your Water Lock to avoid accidental screen taps or wrist gestures in the pool. Swipe down on your watch face and tap the water drop icon in the quick settings panel.

If you start a swim workout, your Galaxy Watch 4 will automatically enable the feature. To disable Water Lock, press and hold the power button key and follow the on-screen prompts.

Additionally, you can also activate Water Lock from your paired smartphone. Open the Galaxy Wearable app, tap Advanced>Water lock>Turn on.


Yes. The you can wear your Galaxy Watch 4 in the pool as the device’s 5ATM water resistance rating makes it safe to take swimming. Samsung does not recommend keeping the device submerged for more than 30 minutes.

Yes, it is safe to wear your Galaxy Watch 4 in the shower.

It is not advised to expose your Galaxy Watch 4 to excessive temperature extremes or potentially damaging steam such as in a sauna.

Yes, you can wear the Galaxy Watch 4 in salt water. To avoid any issues, however, rinse the device with fresh water afterwards and allow it to dry completely. Exposure to saltwater can lead to corrosion over time if the device is not rinsed. The watch is also not intended for scuba diving.

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