How to Clean an Apple Watch Sport Band

Over time, your Apple Watch sports band can start to feel a bit overused and dirty. Wearing it out to the gym, on long hikes, or to work every day can leave your band with dirt marks or unpleasant smells. Thankfully, it only takes a few minutes to have your Apple Watch sport band looking brand-new.

Cleaning Your Band With a Damp Cloth

Step 1. Remove the sport band from the Apple Watch.

Slide the band out from the main watch component. Set the watch aside in a safe area where you don't need to worry about it being damaged. Place the band on a flat surface for cleaning.

Step 2. Clean the band with a lint-free, non-abrasive cloth.

Gently wipe down your band using the cloth. Be sure to clean both the top and under-side. It's easy to forget about the under-side of your band because you don't see it very often.

This is the method suggested by Apple for the officially branded Apple Watch Sport.


Step 3. Dampen cloth with fresh water.

If your band still seems dirty after using a dry cloth, dampen the cloth lightly with fresh water. Scrub the areas where the dirt persists. You might have to apply a little extra pressure while scrubbing.

Do not use cleaning products that contain alcohol. Apple Watch Sport Bands are made from Fluoroelastomer, which does not react well to alcohol.

Step 4. Wipe away all remaining moisture.

Once the watchband is clean enough to your standards, use a dry non-abrasive, lint-free cloth to wipe away any residual water.

Always remember to check to top and under-side of the watchband.

Step 5. Leave band out to dry if you're not in a hurry.

Unless you're in a rush to have your Apple Watch ready and back on your wrist, let the band sit out in room temperature until completely dry. You can even leave it out to dry overnight, or whenever you don't typically wear your Apple Watch.


If a buildup of sweat has caused your Apple Watch sports band to start to smell, and simply cleaning the band isn't helping, try applying hand deodorant to the area of your wrist that your watch comes in contact with.


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