How to change your Apple Watch band

An Apple Watch makes a statement. It shows you are on top of the latest technology. It also shows off your fashion sense, but you can add even more style with changeable watch bands.

Changing your watch band is a snap, and we’ll walk you through the process. We even offer tips if you’re struggling during the process. However, it’s up to you to choose whatever band speaks to your sense of style.

Prep the surface

Apple Watch Band set up
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Before you start working on your watch, prepare a soft microfiber cover on a sturdy table, as shown above.  This prevents you from accidentally scratching the pretty watch face.

Release the old band

Apple Watch band connector
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Step 1: Flip the watch over to see two thin, elongated oval release buttons — one at the top and one at the bottom. Be sure to hold the watch firmly in your hand before moving on, or place it face down on the soft cloth surface.

Removing Apple Watch straps
Step 2: Hold down either release button and shift the band to the right or left until it slides off the watch body, as shown above.

Step 3: Rinse and repeat for the other watchband.

If you’re having trouble removing the band, keep pressing down on the button and try again. Some bands are easy to remove while others can be extremely stubborn, especially if there’s a collection of gunk.

In the end, your Apple Watch should resemble the limbless model pictured below.

Apple watch band separated
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Add the new band

If you look at the new band, you will see a small bit of plastic in the center. When you insert the band, this piece moves into a small lock on either side of the watch body, securing the band.

That said, slide the replacement band into place until you hear a click, signifying a proper locked seating. However, read on for the actual step-by-step instructions.

Apple Watch band attachment
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Step 1: Position your new strap properly to fit your wrist so it’s not backward or upside down. If you’re switching from a two-strap band to a loop, it may take some figuring out to get it positioned properly.

Step 2: Slide the new band into the groove until you hear it click. Without pressing the release button, gently move the band left and right to make sure it is attached securely — it should not budge.

Step 3: Repeat these steps for the other side.

Remember, be absolutely sure the band is fastened securely before wearing the watch again. There’s nothing more dreadful than seeing that expensive device flip up and hit the pavement.

New Apple Watch band replacement
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If you just purchased a new Apple Watch, the company has a gorgeous collection of bands with a variety of designs, meaning the way you adjust them can vary between models. With so many great straps to choose from, you can create a different look for every occasion and season.

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