Learn the right way to remove band from Apple Watch without snapping it

I bet, one of the first things you try when you have set out to clean your watch is remove band from Apple Watch. That’s necessary because it gets exposed to messy surroundings much of the time and therefore, needs to be cleaned periodically. Else, it can get thick with grime.

How to remove band from Apple Watch?

While the guidelines around the proper way to remove the band from the Apple Watch dial are not quite as clearly defined, it’s easy to swap out your band and clean it or replace it with the one you desire. To remove Apple Watch Band or change the Apple watch band, follow these instructions.

Loosen the Apple Watch a bit to free it from your wrist. Then, hold it with its screen surface facing down. Take care to avoid any scratches on the display.

Press the band release button that’s located on the rear side of the dial.

Apple Watch Band Release Button
Apple Watch Band Release Button

Now, just slide the band to gently remove it from the smartwatch dial. Then, clean it or slide the new band in.

Remove band from Apple Watch
Remove band from Apple Watch

The dial of your smartwatch has 2 connectors at both ends to securely lock the straps or bands. Slide the replacement band into the notch corresponding to it. You should hear a click sound, confirming a proper locked seating. Now, repeat the same steps for the other side.

Apple Watch band stuck

If you find the Apple Watch band stuck, try dabbing a swab in WD 40 cleaner and applying it to the band. It’s a multi-use product that can help clean up rust or other grime.

Note – do not try to force a band into the slot. Also, if you are using a loop band, make sure that both sides are in alignment with your watch dial and the band you are wearing fits rightly—not too tight, not too loose!

Please see that the back of your Apple Watch needs skin contact for features like wrist detection, haptic notifications, and the heart rate sensor. So, the band should be cleaned regularly or removed and replaced with a new one to let the sensors do their job.