Use the steps below to remove your band.

Make sure that you use a band that corresponds to your Apple Watch case size. You can use a band that's designed for Apple Watch (1st generation) and Apple Watch Series 1, 2, and 3 with Apple Watch Series 4 and later as long as the sizes are compatible. Bands for 38mm and 40mm cases are compatible with each other, and bands for 42mm and 44mm cases are compatible with each other.


Change your band

  1. Place your Apple Watch face down over a clean surface like a lint-free, microfiber cloth or soft, padded mat.
  2. If you have a Link Bracelet, press the quick release button on a link to separate the band into two pieces.


  1. Hold down the band release button, then slide the band across to remove it.
    The band release button on the back of your Apple Watch.
  2. If the band doesn't slide out, press the band release button again and make sure that you hold it down.
    Band sliding out of watch case.
  3. Make sure that the text on the band is facing you, then slide the new band in until you feel and hear a click.
    New blue band on Apple Watch.

When you remove the Milanese Loop

In 2018, our Milanese Loop was redesigned, so you could open the band completely by sliding the magnetic closure through the band connector, or lug. On earlier Milanese Loop models, the closure won't slide through the lug.


Get help

Never force the band into the slot. If you don't feel or hear a click, slide the band to the left, then to the right. If the band is installed properly, it won’t freely slide until you hold down the band release button. If the band still doesn’t lock, center the band, and push it into place. Then carefully wiggle the band up and down. Don't wear your Apple Watch if the band is sliding.

Any additional questions an be sent to customer care at

Diagram of band wiggling up and down.