My Apple Watch Band Release Button is Stuck

My Apple Watch Band Release Button is Stuck

The Apple Watch caught the eyes of several individuals, especially the tech enthusiasts, as soon as it was released. This device on your wrist contains several features that can improve your health and life in general.  Not only does this wearable track your health and fitness, it also comes with features such as timekeeping, notifications, and communications. The strongest point of the Apple Watch, however, is its ability to be customized. 

Apple Stainless Steel Band

No one can deny that the swapping of bands is one of the most useful and enjoyable customizations offered by Apple Watch. You have the freedom to change the wristband of your wearable to suit both your needs and wants. You can wear your outfit of the day and pair it off with a matching watch band for your device. A new Apple Watch band also 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 you do your runs, you can use a sport band. A fancy date with your significant other? You can use a stainless steel band or a leather band. There are even watch bands for when you go to your office or go 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 different occasions. And if the band 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 band as often as you wish, even on a daily basis, 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

Why does this kind of situation happen? What can you do in these circumstances? First of all, 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 as well as 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. Make sure that there's no oil or gunk left so the band won't get stuck again. 

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

How to Change the Band of Your Apple Watch? 

Apple Leather Band Series

Before you swap 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 that's designed for Apple Watch first generation and Apple Watch Series 1, 2, and 3 with Series 4, and later. This, 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. It's on the top right around the wrist sensor, next to the Apple Watch model information. 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. 

The following are the steps to safely change the band of your Apple Watch: 

  1. First, you should place your Apple Watch face down over a clean surface. You can use a lint-free, microfiber cloth or a soft, padded mat. 
  1. Are you using a Link Bracelet? What you should do is to press the quick release button on a link to separate the band into two pieces. 
  1. Next, hold down the band release button. Then, slide the band across to remove it. 
  1. The band isn't sliding out? Just press the band button again and make sure that you hold it down. 
  1. 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 simply 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? To open the band completely, you just need to slide the magnetic closure through the band connector or lug. 

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 the band is installed 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. 

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