Apple Watch: Change bracelet – how it works

Apple Watch: Change bracelet – how it works

You want to give your Apple Watch a new look? Then you can easily change the bracelet. We explain how it works.

Step 1: Select the correct size

First of all, make sure that a new bracelet matches the size of your Apple Watch. For example, bracelets for the 38mm and 40mm cases are compatible with each other, as well as bracelets for the 42mm and 44mm cases. So you can not attach a bracelet for a small Apple Watch to a larger model.

The year of manufacture of the Apple Watch does not matter meanwhile. You can use a bracelet with the Apple Watch Series 4 designed for the Apple Watch (1st generation), Apple Watch Series 1, 2, and 3, as long as the sizes are right.

Step 2: Change bracelet

Depending on the bracelet type, the change is slightly different. For a normal bracelet you have to follow the following steps:

  1. Place the Apple Watch with the display facing down on a clean surface, such as a lint-free microfiber cloth or a soft padded pad.
  2. Hold down the strap release button on the back of the Apple Watch, then slide the strap sideways to remove it.
  3. If the wristband does not slide out, press and release the strap release button again.
  4. Make sure the labeled side of the new bracelet faces you, and then slide it into the case until you hear and feel the bracelet snap into place.

For the Milanaise bracelet for the Apple Watch, keep in mind that this was redesigned in 2018, so you can fully open the strap by sliding the magnetic closure through the strap connector or tab. Earlier Milanese bracelets failed to push the fastener through the tab.

Apple Watch Series 4

The link bracelet must first be split into two parts for replacement.

A link bracelet for the Apple Watch you exchange as follows:

  1. The link bracelet must first be separated into two parts before it can be removed from the Apple Watch. Attention: Do not tear or twist the bracelet while removing it.
  2. Close the double fold lock. When open, close the double fold closure on each side one at a time until you feel a click and hear.
  3. Hold down a quick release button. The buttons are located on the inside of the bracelet. Only one of them has to be kept pressed.
  4. Carefully pull the limbs apart. Hold a quick release button while pulling. The bracelet has to be split in two before removing it from the Apple Watch.
  5. While holding the strap release button, push the strap sideways to remove it.

Be sure to pay attention

  • Never force the bracelet into the slot.
  • If you can not hear and feel a click, move the bracelet to the left and then to the right.
  • If the wristband is properly fastened, it will not slide sideways unless you hold down the strap release button.
  • If the strap still does not click, center it and push it into position. Then move it up and down carefully.
  • Do not wear the Apple Watch if the strap slips.

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