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Are Apple Watch Straps Interchangeable?

Are Apple Watch Straps Interchangeable?

Yes, your Apple Watch strap is interchangeable. This is one of the main selling points of the Apple Watch; it is completely customisable to your fashionable and practical needs. 

How is an Apple Watch different to traditional watches? 

Introduced to the market in April 2015, the Apple Watch has changed the way we wear watches for the better. Originally marketed a fashion accessory, the Apple Watch has developed itself into much more since 2015. From answering calls to tracking your sleep, the smart-watch has become an essential player within 21st century technology. 

What does interchangeable mean? 

Having an interchangeable watch strap means that you are able to swap your watch strap for different styles and materials. Interchangeability is an extremely fun and exciting feature to have on your watch, as you gain complete control over the look and feel that you desire. 

On one occasion, you may fancy something sleek and classic, whereas on the other, you may want something a bit more colourful and funky. An interchangeable watch strap allows you to do this, and it is arguably one of the Apple Watch's most exciting features.

How do I change my Apple Watch Strap?

You can easily change your Apple Watch strap in a few simple steps. It takes less than 5 minutes to do before you're ready to show off your new style. 

  1. Place your Apple Watch face-down onto a clean surface. It is advisable to use a micro-fibre cloth surface or a padded mat. 
  2. If you have a Link Bracelet, you will need to find the quick release button. This button can be found on the underside of your Apple Watch. Press this button to separate the band into two pieces. 
  3. Hold down the band release button. Slide the band across to remove it. if the band doesn't slide out, press the button again and ensure you are holding it down. 
  4. Get your new strap ready, and ensure the text is facing you. 
  5. Slide the new band in until you hear a click. 

How do I change the Solo Loop/Braided Solo Loop? 

It's even easier to switch styles with one of these straps. If you have one of these straps, all you need to do is pull from the bottom of the band to stretch it over your wrist when you put it on and take it off. 

What about the Milanese Loop? 

New to the Apple Watch selection in 2018, the Milanese Loop was designed so that you could open the band completely by sliding the closure through the band connector, or lug. 

  1. Separate the Link Bracelet into two pieces before removing the band from your watch. Upon removal, don't force the band or twist it in any way.
  2. Close the butterfly closure. If it's open, fold in the butterfly closure one side at a time until you hear a click. 
  3. Hold down the quick release button. You can find these on the inside of the bracelet. You only need to hold one of these down.
  4. Gently pull the links apart, holding down a quick release button as you pull. 
  5. Remove the band by sliding it across.

Sizing can be confusing...

It is most important to use a strap that corresponds to your Apple Watch case size. Here are some quick tips for sizing (as long as the sizes are compatible): 

  • You can use a band designed for Apple Watch (1st generation) and Apple Watch series 1, 2 and 3 with the Apple Watch series 4 or later, and Apple Watch SE. 
  • Bands for 38mm and 40mm cases are compatible 
  • Bands for 42mm and 44mm cases are compatible

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Written by Molly for Watch Obsession