Change your Apple Watch band

Use these steps to remove your band.

Before you buy a new band for your watch, make sure 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) and Apple Watch Series 1, 2 and 3 with Apple Watch Series 4 and later and Apple Watch SE as long as the sizes are compatible.

Bands for 38mm, 40mm and 41mm cases are compatible with each other, and bands for 42mm, 44mm and 45mm cases are compatible with each other.

Bands for 49 mm cases are compatible with 44 mm and 45 mm cases. Bands for 44 mm or 45 mm cases are compatible with 49 mm cases.

Change your band

  1. Place your Apple Watch face down over a clean surface like a lint-free, micro-fibre 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.

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  4. If the band doesn't slide out, press the band release button again and make sure you hold it down.

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  5. Make sure the text on the band is facing you, then slide the new band in until you feel and hear a click.

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If you have a Solo Loop or Braided Solo Loop

If you have a Solo Loop or Braided Solo Loop, simply pull from the bottom of the band to stretch it over your wrist when you put it on and take it off.

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Using the Milanese Loop

In 2018, the Milanese Loop was redesigned so you could open the band completely by sliding the magnetic closure through the band connector, or lug. On earlier Milanese Loop models, the closure won't slide through the lug.

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Using the Ocean Band, Alpine Loop and Trail Loop

The Ocean Band, Alpine Loop and Trail Loop are all 49 mm bands that are specifically designed for use with Apple Watch Ultra and later when engaged in rugged activities, such as hiking, running, climbing, kiteboarding, diving and more.

Apple Watch Ultra is also compatible with 45mm bands, but 45mm bands should only be worn for casual, everyday wear.

If you like the Braided Solo Loop or Solo Loop and want to use one with Apple Watch Ultra, you may need to use a smaller size than you're used to due to the larger case size of Apple Watch Ultra. Before purchasing a Solo Loop or Braided Solo Loop to use with your Apple Watch Ultra, try the bands with your Apple Watch Ultra.

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.

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Hold down a quick release button

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

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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.

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Remove your band

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

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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, centre 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.

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