Apple Watch Series 2 – cleaning the Digital Crown

The Apple Watch Series 2 is a serious workout companion. Waterproof, with GPS and support for lots of fitness apps, it works on the road, in the pool, at the gym and almost anywhere else. Plus, you can switch to a different watchface  and band for those times you need to look a little less like Sporty Spice and more like Posh Spice.

There are two buttons on the side of the Apple Watch. The rectangular button brings up the Dock as well as allowing you to make SOS calls and access Apple Pay. The Digital Crown is the dial that can be pressed to bring up all your installed app icons, or spun to scroll up and down screens or zoom into images.

The trouble is, if you rarely take the Apple Watch off and train with unit, some grime can build up under the Digital Crown. As a result, it’s harder to spin and press.

So, what can you do?

The answer is simplicity itself.

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It simply needs a wash. Remember, this only applies to the Apple Watch Series 2. Neither the original Apple Watch nor the Apple Watch Series 1 are water resistant. So don;t do this with those models.

Wash your Apple Watch Series 2 under running water, turning the Digital Crown and, if you can do this gently without prising the button up, run yiour finger nail under the edge of the Digital Crown.

Any grime or gunk will be dislodged and the Digital Crown will be back in tip-top condition. If needed, you can run the water removal process by swiping up from the bottom of the display and choosing the icon with the water droplet. This will vibrate the internal speakers to force out any water that got into the Apple Watch.

If the problems persist, we suggest making an appointment with your local Apple Store and visiting a Genius Bar for more detailed diagnosis.

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