How to use Water Lock and eject water from your Apple Watch

Turn on Water Lock to avoid unintended taps on the display when you wear your Apple Watch in water. When you get out, press and hold the Digital Crown to clear water from your watch's speaker. Here's how.

When Water Lock is turned on, your Apple Watch won't respond to touch on its display. This prevents accidental input while you're in water. When you turn off Water Lock, your watch will eject any water that remains in its speaker.

Water Lock icon on Apple Watch display  

How to turn on Water Lock

  1. Touch and hold the bottom of the display when your watch face or an app is visible. Wait for Control Centre to appear, then swipe up. You can open Control Centre from any screen.
  2. Tap the Water Lock button . The Water Lock icon  will appear at the top of the watch face.

Water Lock will turn on automatically when you start a water-based workout, such as swimming or surfing. It will also turn on automatically when you start a scuba dive with your Apple Watch Ultra.

Prompt to turn off Water Lock on Apple Watch display 

How to turn off Water Lock and eject water

Press and hold* the Digital Crown on the side of your Apple Watch until the display says Unlocked. A series of tones will play to clear any water that remains in the speaker. After this, you can use your display as usual.

* If your Apple Watch has watchOS 8 or earlier, rotate the Digital Crown instead of pressing it. 

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