How to remove Apple Watch band from its dial

March 1, 2020

A downside of using a wearable like the Apple Watch is that it is exposed to messy surroundings much of the time. So, it can get thick with grime. One of the first things you can do to clean your watch is to change or remove the band that comes with it. So, here’s a short tutorial explaining to you how to remove Apple Watch band.

Apple Watch Band Varities

Remove Apple Watch Band from an Apple Watch

It’s quite easy to swap out your band and replace it with the one you desire. To remove Apple Watch Band or Change the Apple watch band, follow these instructions.

  1. Press the Apple watch band release button.
  2. Slide the band to remove it.

The Bands for Apple Watch come in different sizes but bands for Apple watch band 38mm and 40mm cases are compatible with each other while bands for 42mm and 44mm cases are compatible with each other.

1] Press the Apple watch band release button

Loosen the Apple Watch a bit to free it from your wrist.

Apple Watch Band Release Button
Apple Watch Band Release Button

Then, press the band release button. It can be seen on the rear side of the dial (see the image above). What if the Apple watch band release button stuck? Try dabbing a swab in WD 40 cleaner and apply it to the band. It's a multi-use product that can help clean up rust or other grime.

2] Slide the band to remove it

Apple Watch band Lock
Apple Watch band Lock

Now, to gently remove the band from your Apple Watch, slide the band across to remove it.

Then, clean it or slide the new band in.

Kindly do not try to force a band into the slot. If you’re having trouble removing or inserting a band, press the band release button again.


Please see that the back of your Apple Watch needs skin contact for features like wrist detection, haptic notifications, and the heart rate sensor. So, the band should be cleaned regularly or removed and replaced with a new one to let the sensors do their job. Also, the band you wear should fit rightly—not too tight, not too loose!

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