How to Easily Eject Water from Your Apple Watch

Are you tired of water droplets interfering with your Apple Watch's touch screen functionality? Do you want to know how to quickly and effortlessly eject water from your Apple Watch? Look no further! In this article, we will guide you through the process of using the Water Lock feature on your Apple Watch to effectively remove water from your device.

Apple Watch Models That Support Water Lock

Water Lock is available on Apple Watch Series 2 and later models. For the purpose of this guide, we will be using Apple Watch SE running watchOS version 8.4.2.

How to Add Water Lock Icon to Control Center

Just like on the iPhone, you can access the Control Center on your Apple Watch by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. One of the shortcuts in the Control Center is the Water Lock icon, represented by a water droplet. If you don't see the Water Lock icon in your Control Center, here's how you can add it:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center.
  2. Scroll towards the bottom and find the “Edit” button. Tap on it.
  3. In the edit mode, you will see a list of icons. Find the water droplet icon and tap on it to add it to the Control Center.
  4. Press “Done” to save your settings.

Now, the Water Lock icon will be visible in your Control Center whenever you launch it.

When to Use Water Lock on Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch is waterproof and designed to withstand various water-related activities. However, there are situations where water may interfere with the touch screen functionality. Here are some scenarios where it is recommended to use Water Lock:

  • Showering
  • Accidental spills
  • Raindrops

How to Use Water Lock to Eject Water from Apple Watch

Using Water Lock to eject water from your Apple Watch is a simple process. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Open the Control Center on your Apple Watch by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap on the Water Lock icon to enable it. The icon will turn blue when enabled.
  3. Remove your Apple Watch and place it on a dry flat surface. You should see a blue water droplet icon at the top of the screen, indicating that Water Lock is enabled.
  4. If your Apple Watch has a screen lock enabled, enter the pin to unlock it.
  5. Turn the digital crown dial slowly in either direction until the screen says “Unlocked.” The Watch will vibrate and emit a series of sounds to force water out of the speaker holes.
  6. After a few seconds, the vibration and sound will stop, allowing the water to settle on the edges. Then, the process will repeat 10 times to ensure all water is ejected from the speakers.
  7. Once you believe no more water is coming out, Water Lock should be disabled, and you can use the screen as normal.

It is important to note that you should never try to eject water from your Apple Watch while you are still in the water. Always perform this process in a dry environment and ensure that you wipe the corners properly to remove any water droplets left around the edges.

How to Turn Off Water Lock on Apple Watch

After your Apple Watch has finished ejecting water, Water Lock should be disabled automatically. However, if it is not getting disabled automatically, you can manually turn it off using one of the following methods:

  1. Open the Control Center again and tap on the Water Lock icon to disable it. The icon will turn grey.
  2. Press and hold the digital crown and side button together for 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo flash.


  1. Is My Apple Watch Waterproof?
    Your Apple Watch is water-resistant, but not waterproof. It is designed to withstand water-related activities, but there are limitations to its water resistance.

  2. What Is Apple Watch's Water Resistance Level or IP Rating?
    Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch 1st generation have a water resistance rating of IPX7, making them splash-resistant but not suitable for submersion. Apple Watch Series 2 and newer models have a water resistance rating of 50 meters or 164 feet, allowing for swimming but not deep-sea activities.

  3. Can I Shower Wearing Apple Watch?
    Yes, you can shower while wearing Apple Watch Series 2 or higher models. However, it is important to avoid using soap, conditioner, or other substances that may be harder to eject and can cause damage to your device.

  4. Do I Have to Enable Water Lock Manually?
    Apple Watch is capable of detecting water and enabling Water Lock automatically. However, it is recommended to manually check if Water Lock is enabled before water-related activities. If it is not enabled, you can turn it on manually and follow the steps mentioned earlier to eject water from your Apple Watch.

Remember to always take care of your Apple Watch and keep it charged. With the Water Lock feature, you can confidently enjoy various water-related activities without worrying about water damage to your device.