Whether you’ve just gotten your first Apple Watch or you want to swap out your band for the first time, doing so is different from on any other watch. Follow along for how to change bands with Apple Watch.

In addition to the host of first-party Apple Watch band options, there are an abundance of budget choices on Amazon. However, no matter what band you’re switching to, the process is mostly the same (with the exception of something like link bracelet-style models).

Apple Watch: How to change bands

  1. Take your Apple Watch off or undo the band if it’s already off
  2. With the backside of your Apple Watch facing up, depress the band release button (cylindrical button above and below the heart rate sensor) with the thumb of the same hand that is holding your Watch
  3. Slide out your band with your free hand
  4. Repeat for the second portion of your band
  5. For the new band, slide one of the sections in until you hear a click (the text on the back of the band should be facing you)
  6. Slide the second half of the band in until you hear a click

If you don’t hear a click when you slide your Apple Watch band in, slide it back and forth past the center point a few times until you do.

The default setup for Apple Watch is for the Digital Crown to be on the right hand side. Depending on your preferences or what wrist you wear your Watch, it may be on the left.

Most Apple Watch bands are designed to use with the shorter of the band halves up top and the longer portion below (although there is no right or wrong here). Keep in mind which side your Digital Crown sits on to help you remember where to put the shorter and longer band portions.


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