How To Switch Apple Watch Bands

How To Switch Apple Watch Bands

Whether scaling mountains, conquering the boardroom, or catching up with friends, here’s how to change your Apple Watch strap to seamlessly align with every facet of your lifestyle.



  1. Prepare Your Watch: Lay your Apple Watch face down over a clean surface like a lint-free, microfiber cloth or soft, padded mat.
  2. Release the Old Band: On the back of your Apple Watch, you will find two band release buttons at the top and bottom where the band slides in.  Gently press and hold one of these buttons, then slide the band across to remove it.
  3. Insert the New Band: Align the new wrist band with the Apple Watch's band slot at a slight angle. Make sure you have the band in the correct orientation. Slide the new band in until you feel and hear a click.
  4. Check for Security: Give the band a gentle tug to ensure it's locked in. If it slides out, realign and try again.
  5. Repeat for the Other Side: Repeat the same process on the other side of the watch if you're changing both parts of the band.

Is My Band Compatible With Other Apple Watch Models?

To find your case size and other information, check the engraving on the back of your Apple Watch. These bands are compatible with one another:

  • Bands for 38mm, 40mm, and 41mm cases
  • Bands for 42mm, 44mm, and 45mm cases
  • Bands for 49mm cases are compatible with 44mm and 45mm cases, and vice versa

For example, most bands designed for Apple Watch Series 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,  Apple Watch SE, and Apple Watch SE (2nd Generation) are compatible with Apple Watch Ultra.

Note that it’s important only to use watch straps specifically made for Apple Watches.

Why We Love Apple’s Easy Switch Watch Bands

Apple's switchable watch bands strike the perfect balance between practicality and style. Their design makes it a breeze to swap bands to suit any part of your day. Heading out for a rugged outdoor adventure? Clip on a durable band. Switching to a gym workout? Opt for a sweat-resistant strap. Need to dress up for a boardroom meeting or a casual meetup with friends? Choose a sleek, stylish band. This flexibility is a subtle yet significant game-changer, allowing us to tailor our watches to every activity with minimal fuss.

Note that both official Apple Watch bands and EVE Bands are removable and easily changed. Shop our range of 500+ new Apple Watch straps and accessories now!