My Apple Watch Band Won't Click In

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Is your Apple Watch band not clicking or working properly? Does it slide out while you wear it? Does this happen whenever you switch bands?  

My Apple Watch Band Won't Click In


The opportunity to change watch bands is one of the most useful customizations offered by the Apple Watch. Customization gives you the freedom to swap the wrist band to a strap that you find comfortable next to your skin and easily adjustable. But what if something made this feature not nonviable for you? What should you do? 

First of all, you should 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. 

However, if the band still doesn't lock, center the band, and push it into place. Then, you should carefully wiggle the band up and down. Remember, you should not wear your Apple Watch if the band is sliding. 

Just in case, according to Apple, you should make sure your Apple Watch is clean and the same for the bands you're trying to use. You can try removing any case or protector from Apple Watch, as they may block or hinder you from using certain bands. 

Another thing you should keep in mind is that third party bands may not fit your Apple Watch properly.  

Before you send your device and band to Apple for inspection, you should 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 (first generation) or Apple Watch Series 1, 2, and 3 with Series 4, 5, SE, and 6. This is as long as the sizes are compatible. 

Bands for 38mm and 40mm cases work with each other, and bands for 42mm and 44mm cases work with each other. There are bands that are designed for a specific Apple Watch model. 

For example, the Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop bands are designed specifically for Apple Watch Series 4, 5, SE, and 6. While there are bands designed for early Apple Watch models that work with Apple Watch Series 4, 5, SE, and 6.


How to Change Your Apple Watch Bands? 

How to Change Your Apple Watch Bands?

Once you make sure that the band you are planning to use corresponds to your Apple Watch case size, you can start changing your band. Here are the steps how: 

  1. First, place your Apple Watch face down over a clean surface. For example, a lint-free, microfiber cloth or soft, padded mat. 
  1. If you have a Link Bracelet, what you should do next is to press the quick release button on a link. This is to separate the band into two pieces. 
  1. After that, hold down the release button. Then, slide the band across to remove it. 
  1. If the band doesn't slide out, you should press the band release button again. Make sure that you hold it down. 
  1. Next, make sure that the text on the band is facing you. Then, slide the new band in until you feel and hear a click. 

How about if you have a Solo Loop or Braided Solo Loop? What you should do is to simply pull from the bottom of the band to stretch it over your wrist when you put it on and take it off. 

Are you using the Milanese Loop? You could open the band completely by sliding the magnetic closure through the band connector or lug. 


How to Wear Your Apple Watch? 

How to Wear Your Apple Watch?

To make sure that you have the best experience, the back of your Apple Watch needs skin contact. This is for features like Wrist Detect, the Taptic Engine, and the electrical and optical heart sensors. 

Here's how you should wear your Apple Watch

  • Wear it with the right fit. You should wear your Apple Watch with the right fit. That means the band should not be too tight and not too loose. There should also be room for your skin to breathe. This will keep you comfortable and let the sensors do their jobs. 
  • Adjust your watch band for workouts. You may want to tighten your Apple Watch band for workouts. Then, loosen it when you are done. Additionally, the sensors will work only if you wear your Apple Watch on the top of your wrist. 
  • Should be snug but comfortable. If your Apple Watch doesn't stay in place, or the sensors aren't reading your heart rate, tighten the band a bit. If you have a Solo Loop or Braided Solo Loop, the band size should be comfortable. It is also snug against your wrist.

How to Clean Your Apple Watch Band? 

Apple Watch Bands

As previously mentioned, you have to make sure that your Apple Watch and its band is clean. Keep in mind that there are a lot of factors that can cause damage and shouldn't be used with your Apple Watch. These include soaps, cleaning products, abrasive materials, compressed air, ultrasonic cleaning and external heat sources. 

To clean your Apple Watch, you must remove the band from the device first. The following are the steps on how you can clean variety of bands: 

For leather bands: 

  1. First, wipe the leather portions of the bands with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth. If you think it's necessary, you should lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water. 
  1. Remember not to soak leather bands in water. The leather bands are not water resistant. 
  1. After that, let the band air dry thoroughly before you attach it to your Apple Watch. Make sure not to store your leather bands in direct sunlight, at high temperatures, or in high humidity. 

For Solo Loop, Sport Band, and Nike Sport Band: 

  1. First, wipe the band with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth. If necessary, you can lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water. Additionally, with these bands, you can also use mild hypoallergenic hand soap for cleaning. 
  1. After that, dry the band with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth before you attach it to your Apple Watch.

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