How to change your Apple Watch band – Stand band / Loop / Link Bracelet

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Changing the band on your Apple Watch is a simple process that can be done in just a few steps. Whether you want to change the band for a new look or to replace a worn band, the process is essentially the same.

Apple sells multiple styles of bands. You have the default band that comes with the watch, but there are also the loop bands, a metal Milanese Loop band and the premium-looking metal link bracelet.

How to change your Apple Watch band

Here's how to change the band on your Apple Watch. This is the general process for all the bands:

  1. Start by placing your Apple Watch face down, exposing the bottom of the watch. Ideally, this should be on a soft surface so you don’t risk scratching the watch face.
  2. Locate the two small band release buttons on the back of your Apple Watch, one on the top and one on the bottom. These buttons are used to release the band from the watch.
  3. Press and hold the button on the top of the watch and slide the band to the left.
  4. Release the button and repeat the process on the bottom of the watch.
  5. Once both bands are released, you can slide the old band off the watch.
  6. To install the new band, simply slide it onto the watch in the reverse order. Make sure to align the notches on the band with the pins on the watch.
  7. Press and hold the button on the top of the watch while sliding the band to the right.
  8. Release the button and repeat the process on the bottom of the watch.
  9. Once both bands are securely in place, your Apple Watch is ready to wear with a new band.

It's worth noting that different Apple Watch models have different types of bands, such as the sport band, the leather band, the loop band, and the Milanese loop band. Each band uses a different mechanism to attach to the watch, so make sure you know how to change the band on your specific model.

It's also important to note that if you are using an older Apple Watch model, such as the Series 0, 1, 2, and 3, you will need a special tool to remove the band. This tool is called the Apple Watch band removal tool and can be purchased from Apple or a third-party retailer.

How to Remove and Replace a Link Bracelet

It is worth noting that the link bracelet is a little different from the other bands. With this, before you can remove it, you need to first separate the bracelet into two sections. Hold down one of the quick release buttons and gently pull the band off.

Slide a new link bracelet on. The soft click will tell you the band is snugly fit.

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