How to Use and Personalize Your Apple Watch

Change Your Apple Watch Band

Whether you bought an Apple Watch Sport with a bright blue rubber band or a standard Apple Watch with a more fancy Milanese Loop strap, you don't have to be stuck with the same wristband for the entirety of your watch's lifecycle. There are already plenty of attractive Apple Watch bands available from both Apple and third parties, and swapping out bands is a quick and painless process. If you're looking to make your Apple Watch as distinctly "you" as possible, here's how to switch out straps.—Michael Andronico

1. On the back of the Apple Watch's case, press and hold on one of the two buttons located just below each end of the wrist strap.

2. With the button held down, slide the end of the band left to remove it.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the other end of the watch to completely remove your current band.

4. To swap in a new band, take one end of the strap and slide it in from the bottom-right of your Apple Watch's case.

5. Repeat step 4 on the opposite end of the Watch case.

It's that simple. If you're looking for ideas on how to spruce up your Apple Watch, check out our roundup of the best bands.

Apple Watch Guide: Page by Page

1. How to Use the Apple Watch9. Send a Text Message
2. 10 Coolest Things the Apple Watch Can Do10. Make a Call
3. Best Apple Watch Apps11. Change Text Size
4. Best Apple Watch Games12. Mute Watch and Change Sounds
5. Best Apple Watch Bands13. Install Apps
6. Best Apple Watch Accessories14. Switch Between Apps
7. Set Up Your Apple Watch15. Lock the Watch
8. Change Your Apple Watch Band16. Add Friends to Friends Screen
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  • USteele
    "For vegans who still appreciate the refined look of leather, the Etsy Minimalist and Zen Watch Strap may be just the ticket. Available in 38 mm or 42 mm, it's made of a tanned vegetable material… " Oh gosh, no! It's vegetable tanned leather, not "vegetable material." Not vegan. I think you might need an edit on this description.
  • Nunya2
    WAAAAAYYYY too many taps and defeats the whole purpose of the watch.

    Instead, rotate the Apple Watch up to activate it and use Siri and say:

    "Hey Siri. Send a text message to John Doe that says see how easy this is exclamation point you don't even have to touch the Apple Watch period cool comma huh question mark."

    Siri will launch the Message app, create a text to John Doe that reads "See how easy this is! You don't even have to touch the Apple Watch. Cool, huh?" The message will stay on the screen for about 30 seconds with the option to cancel. After that time, if you haven't canceled, the text message is sent.

    THAT'S the power of the Apple Watch!
  • angelsaysno
    THANK YOU this was very helpful!