One of the great features of the Apple Watch is its water lock mode. With the press of a button, Apple Watch users can use their smartwatch in and around any body of water without any worries or fears of damaging their device.
But some users have noticed that their Apple Watch gets stuck when trying to end this mode.
Luckily, there’s an easy fix for this! Keep reading to learn how to resolve the issue.
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How to turn off water lock mode
When your Apple Watch is in water lock, you see a small water droplet icon at the top of your watch face. Tapping the screen or buttons has no effect when you see that icon.
The good news is that turning off water lock mode is usually very simple.
First, make sure you (and your watch) are in a dry environment–don’t attempt to remove the water lock when you’re still in the water!
Then, all you have to do is press and hold the Digital Crown to turn off its water lock and continue pressing and holding it.
For older watchOS versions, quickly spin the digital crown until the water lock mode display pops up on your Apple Watch screen. You can spin clockwise or counterclockwise; it works both ways.
A circle appears when you press or spin your watch’s digital crown. You must keep pressing or turning the digital crown until the circle fills up. The circle turns into a full blue bubble. Keep pressing or rotating until you see Unlocked on the screen.
Once you do that, your Apple Watch beeps. Don’t worry. That’s supposed to happen! The sound helps clear out any liquid that got into your Apple Watch.
When the sound is done, your Apple Watch should be back to normal.
I often repeat these steps a few times to eject any excess water, especially if the sound coming out of the speaker sounds crackled.
If you are experiencing an issue with pressing or turning the digital crown and the bubble is not filling up. Don’t worry. There’s a simple hack for this.
If your Apple Watch gets stuck on water lock mode, all you have to do is charge your Apple Watch
When you place your Apple Watch on its charger, it automatically turns off this feature and goes back to its normal settings.
Also, keep in mind that no sound plays when you do this.
It should work with any charger you have for your watch, including wireless charging pads. But if you see it’s still stuck in a water lock, place it on its original charger. YOu might need to place it on and off the charger a couple of times. And if needed, force restart it while it’s on the charger.
If charging your watch is unavailable, try force restarting your watch by pressing both the side button and the digital crown simultaneously. Keep pushing until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
You’ll need to press both buttons simultaneously for more time than usual due to the water lock, but the restart should happen–wait for the Apple logo, then release both buttons. Booting up also takes longer, so be prepared for that.
Water lock mode is such a great feature on the Apple Watch! Especially if you find yourself in the water frequently.
One cool feature of the Apple Watch is that it can automatically turn on water lock mode when starting a water-based workout like swimming or surfing!
Have you used water lock mode on your Apple Watch? Let us know! What do you think?