My Apple Watch Band Release Button is Stuck

how to remove apple watch band

The Apple Watch caught the attention of several people, especially technology enthusiasts, as soon as it was released. This wrist-worn device contains several functions that can improve your health and life in general. This wearable not only tracks your health and fitness but also includes functions such as weather monitoring, notifications, and communications. However, the most vital point of the Apple Watch is its customizability. 

Apple Stainless Steel Band

Apple Stainless Steel Band

No one can deny that strap swapping is one of the most valuable and enjoyable customizations offered by the Apple Watch. Finally, you have the freedom to change the wristband of your wearable to suit your needs and desires. 

You can wear your outfit of the day and pair it off with a matching watch band for your device. Likewise, a new Apple Watch band changes both the look and the feel of your Apple Watch. By swapping your watch band, your wearable can transform into various appearances.

If you want a sporty look while running, you can wear a sport band. A fancy date with your significant other? You can use a stainless steel band or a leather band. There are watch bands to go to your office or for a swim in the pool or beach. And if you are not lacking in the money department, you can choose what luxury band you want in the market. 

There are different watch bands for other occasions. And if the brand you want is not available, you can even make one for yourself. Do you want a stylish and trendy band? Then, you can make a scrunchie band for your Apple Watch. There's almost no limit when it comes to switching the watch band of your Apple Watch. However, while you can change the gang as often as you wish, even daily, you probably experienced a situation that makes swapping bands difficult. Like the band is not coming off, it's stuck, or the release button is stuck


Apple Watch Case


Apple Watch Case

Why does this kind of situation happen? What can you do in these circumstances? First, know that the issue is not because of you and more of a band or watch issue. If the release button of your Apple Watch is stuck and the band doesn't slide out, you can try to press the button again. Make sure that you hold it down. If that doesn't work, you can gently use the corner of the one band side to press or release. You might want to try dabbing a swab in WD 40 and applying it to the release button. 

There is another reason why your band is stuck. You see, there are some cases that, over time, oil or gunk gets either into the watch band channel slot or onto the ends of the bands themselves. The following are some of the things you can do in such situations

  • Use a non-ammonia cleaner. The watch band channel slot is probably in need of a thorough cleaning. You can use a non-ammonia cleaner when you clean the channel slot and the ends of the band. 
  • Use warm water and dish soap. Believe it or not, you can clean the connection point of the band with some warm water and dish soap. Ensure that there's no oil or gunk left so the band won't get stuck again. 

If the solutions mentioned above don't work, you should schedule an appointment with Apple Store Genius Bar. 

How to Change the Band of Your Apple Watch? 

Apple Leather Band Series


The Apple Watch straps have all the same design of closure and opening, whether they are made of nylon, silicone, or Timbuktu leather. In addition, whether they are very cheap or costly, they all use a pin inserted laterally into the holes of the smartwatch's strap.

Apple Leather Band Series

Before swapping watch bands, you have to make sure that you use the right band for your Apple Watch. That means a band that corresponds to your Apple Watch case size. 

According to Apple, you can use a band designed for Apple Watch first generation and Apple Watch Series 1, 2, and 3 with Series 4, and later. Furthermore, you can do it, as long as the sizes are compatible. 

Keep in mind that bands for 38mm and 40mm are compatible with each other. While the watch bands for 42mm and 44mm cases are compatible with each other. Are you not sure what size you have? You can find the size engraved on the back of your Apple Watch. Next to the Apple Watch model information, it's on the top right around the wrist sensor. You should also be aware that off-brand Apple Watch bands may be a bit tougher to attach. It may even not fit as well as bands sold through Apple. 

Steps to change the band of your Apple Watch safely

Follow these general instructions for removing, changing, and adjusting the straps. Then, find the instructions for your specific belt in this section. Make sure you replace a band with another band of the same size. Straps are sized explicitly according to the size of the Apple Watch, and you shouldn't interchange them. Moreover, some band styles are designed only for a particular size Apple Watch.

First, you should place your Apple Watch face down over a clean surface. Then, you can use a lint-free, microfiber cloth or a soft, padded mat. 

Are you using a Link Bracelet? It would be best to press the quick-release button on a link to separate the band into two pieces. 

Next, hold down the band release button. Then, slide the band across to remove it. 

Isn't the band sliding out? Just press the band button again and make sure to hold it down. 

Then, make sure that the text on the band is facing you. After that, slide the new band in until you feel and hear a click. 

How about if you're using a Solo Loop or Braided Solo Loop? You can pull from the bottom of the band to stretch it over your wrist when you put it on and take it off—using a Milanese Loop? Then, it would be best if you slid the magnetic closure through the band connector or lug to open the band completely. 

Remember, 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. Once you install the band properly, you will find that it won't freely slide until you hold down the band release button. 

If the band still doesn't lock, what you need to do is to center the band. Then, push it into place. After that, carefully wiggle the band up and down. Make sure you don't wear your Apple Watch if the band is sliding.

Extra tip to use your apple watch: remember to adjust the band

For optimal performance, the Apple Watch should fit snugly on your wrist. For best results, the back of the Apple Watch needs to be in contact with your skin to perform functions such as wrist sensing, touch notifications, and the heart rate sensor. 

Wearing the Apple Watch fitted will keep you comfortable and allow the sensors to work correctly. For example, you can tighten the Apple Watch band a bit for workouts and then loosen it again when you end your exercises. 

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