How to Change Your Apple Watch Band

Get a whole new style with a new Apple Watch band

What to Know

  • Turn off your Apple Watch, hold down the band release buttons on the back, then slide the bands across to remove each strap.
  • With the text on the new band facing you, slide the new band in until you feel and hear a soft click.
  • You must use a watch strap specifically made for Apple Watches.

This article explains how to change your Apple Watch band. These instructions apply to the Apple Watch 1st generation, Series 1, Series 2, Series 3, Series 4, Series 5/SE, and Series 6.

How to Remove Your Apple Watch Band

You need to be able to remove your Apple Watch's original wrist strap before you can replace it with a new one.

  1. Place your Apple Watch face down on a smooth and clean surface, ideally a micro-fiber cloth or soft mat on a desktop.

    An Apple Watch face down

    Make sure your Apple Watch is switched off so that you don't accidentally tap anything.

  2. Hold down the band release button on the back of the Apple Watch with your fingertip or fingernail. 

    The back of an Apple Watch

    There are two band release buttons for each strap. They're located at the top and bottom of the back of the Apple Watch. The buttons are the same color as the rest of the back of the Apple Watch, but they're fairly easy to spot.

  3. While holding the button, slide the band across to remove it. 

  4. Once the band slides out, you can release the band release button. If the band does not slide out, try pressing the band release button again and make sure you are holding it down.

    An Apple Watch with its wrist band removed
  5. Repeat the same process for the remaining strap.

How to Install a New Apple Watch Wrist Band

Inserting a new band is even easier than removing the old one.

The Apple Watch doesn't use a standard watch band. You need to use a watch strap specifically made for the device. All Apple Watches use the same type.

  1. Make sure the small text on the back of the new band is facing you. 

  2. Tilt the new wrist band a little so that it's in line with the angle of the Apple Watch's wrist strap slot.

  3. Slide the new band in until you feel and hear a soft click.

    If you don't feel or hear a click, try sliding the band back out, then back in again. When you're done, you can change your Apple Watch face to match your new band.

    An Apple Watch with its wrist band partially attached
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