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Announced September 9th, 2014, this device is Apple's first foray into smart wearables. iFixit's repair manuals are applicable to Apple Watch (steel) and Apple Watch Sport (aluminum).

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My 3rd Party Apple Watch band is stuck

Hi,

I have a third party band that’s stuck on my Original Apple Watch. Apple wants to charge >$200 to remove the band, which is worth far more than the watch at this point. The release button won’t press down with this band on. Is there anywhere in the San Francisco area or via mail that I can get this repaired?

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There is no visible damage. The only symptom is that the release button barely budged when trying to depress it.

The Watch, aside from the stuck band is in full working order. I would just like to get this band removed so that I can change bands again.

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I was thinking that drilling out the band would be the best answer. I tried WD40 already, but I’ll try it again.

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Just had Apple store tech handle the same issue. They use alcohol rather than oil.

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Kit di riparazione per Android

Un nuovo schermo o una nuova batteria sono ad un kit di distanza.

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I used Yelp to search for Apple Repair services around me, and I finally found one that would remove the band from my watch. They charged me $20 and got it off.

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I used to be a jeweler, still have the majority of my tools. Please post some pictures of the problem, I may be able to help. What’s wrong with the watch outside of the band? What material is the band made of? Do you need to recover the watch too? Do you want the band fixed so that it will come on and off the new watch?

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How much did that band cost?

da

I have the same problem I went to apple and they said that they can not do anything because it’s 3rd party. So what do I do now.

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@michellediabate take it to a custom jeweler

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You might want to try WD40 spray to try to loosen the button. Overtime oils and dead skin as well as sand and salt can jam up the button. Spray both the button and aim the snorkel into the gap of the strap both top and bottom. Give it some time to do its thing and give it a try. You may need a few treatments and don’t worry about over doing it the spray won’t get into the watch and the strap can be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol.

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I have the same problem with my Apple Watch series 3 38mm. If you finally do get it removed please let me know how. I purchased a series 4 40mm in the mean time. The WD 40 did not work for me. Still stuck

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I was able to remove the band. The trick for me was a combo of the following…. (Apple Watch 4 generation)

Dish soap and warm water

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I was able to remove the band. The trick for me was a combo of the following…. (Apple Watch 4 generation)

Dish soap and warm water

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I soaked overnight with Dawn on the offending band end. Next morning tried Water Pik. It did not immediately release but can’t say that didn’t help as. thereafter, success was accomplished by repeating something that did not work the day before. The band was finally released by wrapping dental floss around the whole end, pulled down into the cracks. I used a flat stretchy type dental floss, which apparently eventually was forced in between the watch and the band at the stuck place. And the band end slid out. This took several pieces of floss as many broke while pulling.

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I tried the floss thing and it worked! I had been trying to get the band out for like an hour and a half between last night and it would barely budge, but when I tried putting the floss through a couple of times it came right out. Thank you for the tip!

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Try cleaning it out with a warm water jet from a WaterPik or similar. Aim it in and around the release button. I have had success with my series 2 & 4 watches using this technique.

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This is the first generation apple watch. It is not water resistant. This is a bad idea.

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