Change your Apple Watch band

Use the steps below to remove your band.

Make sure that you use a band that corresponds to your Apple Watch case size. You can use a band that's designed for Apple Watch (1st generation), Apple Watch Series 1, 2, and 3 with Apple Watch Series 4 as long as the sizes are compatible. Bands for 38mm and 40mm cases are compatible with each other, and bands for 42mm and 44mm cases are compatible with each other.

Change your band

  1. Place your Apple Watch face down over a clean surface like a lint-free, micro-fiber cloth or soft, padded mat.
  2. If you have a Link Bracelet, press the quick release button on a link to separate the band into two pieces.
  3. Hold down the band release button, then slide the band across to remove it.
    The band release button on the back of your Apple Watch.
  4. If the band doesn't slide out, press the band release button again and make sure that you hold it down.
    Band sliding out of watch case.
  5. Make sure that the text on the band is facing you, then slide the new band in until you feel and hear a click.
    New blue band on Apple Watch.

Remove the Link Bracelet

You must separate the Link Bracelet into two pieces before removing the band from your Apple Watch. While removing the band, don’t force the band or twist it. Use the steps below to avoid damaging the band or clasp. 

Close the butterfly closure

If it's open, fold in the butterfly closure one side at a time until you feel and hear a click.

Folded butterfly closure on link bracelet.

Hold down a quick release button

The quick release buttons are on the inside of the bracelet. You only need to hold one down.

Quick release buttons on watch band links.

Gently pull the links apart

Hold down a quick release button while you pull. You should separate the band into two pieces before removing the band from your Apple Watch.

Separated links.

Remove your band

Hold down the band release button, then slide the band across to remove it.

Band sliding out of watch case.

Get help

Never force the band into the slot. If you don't feel or hear a click, slide the band to the left, then to the right. If the band is installed properly, it won’t freely slide until you hold down the band release button. If the band still doesn’t lock, center the band, and push it into place. Then carefully wiggle the band up and down. Don't wear your Apple Watch if the band is sliding. 

Diagram of band wiggling up and down.

 

 

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