If you are part of the Apple eco-system chances are you've considered buying, or have bought the Apple watch. Coming in at over $300 the watch is quite an expensive piece of machinery. You wouldn't want to ruin it in the first year of purchase. You'd like to make it last as long as possible. Here are some pro-tips on making the Apple watch more durable and last longer.
10 Mistakes To Avoid To Protect Your Apple Watch
1. Not Buying The Right Material
Apple sells its watch in a variety of materials. You have the stainless steel option, the watch with the aluminum finish. Even before you make your purchase decision you have to consider your lifestyle and think about the treatment the watch will get. The Stainless steel options are not heavy duty and will show a lot of wear and tear over the course of a year. The aluminum version, on the other hand, is very strong and resists most dents and scratches.
Or you can also consider the affordable sports version if you're okay with the styling options as other functionality remains the same.
2. Not Using A Screen Protector
Although the Apple smartwatch does have a tough touchscreen, over time you can expect to see some scratches on it. The watch uses either the IONX or Sapphire glass for the watch depending on the model you buy.
If you want your watch looking brand new even years after you've purchased it definitely consider using a screen protector for the watch. The watch face is one of the most abused items on the watch and it definitely requires some amount of protection. Also, make sure to change the screen protector every so often.
3. Not Using An Apple Watch Case
When the Apple watch was first announced the choice of cases were limited. You could choose between only a white or black silicone option from a single company. Times have changed, you now have a variety of options to choose from including some excellent vibrant colors that could suit any mood or occasion.
4. Not Using Skins On Your Watch
Cases may make your watch feel bulkier than you'd like so you also have the option for opting for a skin for your Apple smart wear watch. Unlike cases, they're thinner and usually add a certain texture to your watch.
A point to note, however, is that by giving up the bulk from their design, skins also are less reliable when it comes to protecting your watch. They will protect your watch from the regular run-of-the-mill scratches and bruises, however, to protect the watch from a major catastrophe we recommend using a case.
5. Using Your Watch Underwater
People are often confused about whether Apple watches are waterproof or not. To clear your doubt once and for all, Apple watches are not waterproof but rather they're water resistant. What this means is that while Apple watches can handle a few splashes and can be worn during rains the water resistance is limited and your watch could be ruined if you take it scuba diving or water skiing.
While the resistance will disappear over time you can protect the watch further by keeping it clear of the fast running water.
6. Avoid Using Chemicals Near Your Apple Watch
Under most circumstances showering with your Apple watch should be fine. However, using the watch in the shower repeatedly exposes it to the various chemicals in the shampoo, conditioner, and soap. The heat from the shower could also expose the frailties of the watch.
The chemicals in the shampoo, conditioner, and even perfumes could affect how the seals that make your watch water resistant react. Over time the water resistance could lessen and a splash could ruin your watch. We suggest you avoid showering with the watch all together.
7. Not Using A Band Protector
If you don't like changing the iwatch bands on your apple watch very often the best bet t avoid damaging it is to use a band protector. There are plenty of companies out there that make some interesting band protectors that cover almost the entire watch. Pretty good protection for a few dollars.
8. Not Taking Off The Watch During Heavy Contact Sports
The Apple watch is a beautiful timepiece. It was not built to be worn during high-intensity touch sports. You could not only damage the watch, but you could also cause serious harm to someone you're playing with. The aluminum or stainless steel bands could cause some real damage if they land in an awkward position.
9. Not Performing Routine Preventive Maintenance
As with all electronics, the best way to prevent a total breakdown is to perform regularly scheduled maintenance on your watch. Whether you want to do a routine clean-up or buffing the scratches from the band.
10. Not Taking Care Of The Battery Life
One of the fastest ways you can kill your Apple smartwatch is by not taking adequate care of its battery. Now we all know that over time the battery life of most devices begins to decline but by not taking proper care of the battery in your watch you will be looking for a replacement sooner rather than later.
If you avoid these particular pitfalls you can be sure that your Apple smartwatch will be working and looking good for years to come. We hope we've been able to provide some useful information about how to increase the life of your Apple Watch. Use these tips to make your watch more durable and if you have any questions we'd love to hear from you.