We all know that the bands of Apple Watch can be freely replaced, the user can easily change and swap bands for different looks, material and size. Replacing a personalized strap is probably the easiest way to customise your Apple Watch. However, due to the Apple Watch does not use a standard watch band. Where the Pebble Time can take any old 22mm strap, the Apple Watch uses a proprietary system that needs bespoke accessories. Typical Apple, in other words. So first you have to choose a right band for the Watch.
There are three models of the Apple Watch: Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition. Once you’ve chosen the watch you like, you then have to choose the size. There’s a smaller 38mm model and a larger 42mm one. The bands you purchase must be the same size of the watch. For example, while the 38mm link bracelet can be used on the Sport, Watch and Edition models, it will not fit the 42mm size, regardless of model.
You should also consider purchasing only certain bands for certain models. Even if a band fits your watch, it may not match the finish. For example, the anodized-aluminum finish of the Apple Watch Sport may not look great with the link bracelet or Milanese loop.
Your first instinct may be to head to the Apple Store. Sure enough, it offers a whole bunch of official Apple Watch designs, and they’re certain to be incredibly well-made.
However, they certainly aren’t cheap. The low-end silicone Sports Band costs £39 (US$49, AU$79): this is for a piece of rubber with a couple of bits of metal set into it.
The prices only goes up from there, to £129 (US$149, AU$229) for the (in)famous, polarising Milanese Loop band, climbing all the way up to £379 (US$449, AU$679) for the steel link band.
One of the cheapest ways to class-up a Sport Apple Watch is to bung a genuine leather strap on it. Baseus and Chicago make real leather bands that’ll cost you just £19.99 (US$31 AU$42): a lot cheaper than the £129 of Apple’s leather band.
How to Swap or Change a New Band
Before you change your band, place your Apple Watch face down over a clean surface like a lint-free, micro-fiber cloth or soft, padded mat. If you have a Link Bracelet, press the quick release button on a link to separate the band into two pieces.
There are two small button on the back of the watch. To change the band, press down the button and gently slide the strap out of place. With the silicone band, you can remove each strap one at a time.
Step 1: Hold down the band release button, then slide the band across to remove it.
Step 2: If the band doesn’t slide out, press the band release button again and make sure that you hold it down.
Step 3:Make sure the text on the band is facing you, then slide the new band in until you feel and hear a click.
For the Link Bracelet, however, you must remove both sides of the strap at the same time.
Once the band has been removed, simply slide the new one in.
Note: 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.