Change your strap Press and hold the strap release button, and then slide the strap to remove it. If the strap doesn't slip, press the strap release button again and make sure to hold it down. Press the release button on the Apple Watch band. Slide the strap to remove it, and then slide the new strap in.
Never force a band into the slot. If you're having trouble removing or inserting a strap, press the strap release button again. Okay, you should only have the Apple Watch body and now you can install the new Apple Watch band. Sometimes, even with the button pressed all the way down, a band can be a little reluctant to come off, just apply firm pressure and it will slide out.
If you look at the new band, you'll see a small piece of plastic in the center. When the strap is inserted, this piece moves to a small padlock on each side of the watch body, securing the strap. The bands for 38mm, 40mm and 41mm housings work with each other, and the bands for 42mm, 44mm and 45mm housings work with each other. The downward-facing side typically has a more metallic center section that aligns with the Apple Watch release button.
Luckily, you don't have to hold down the release button while sliding the new Apple Watch straps sideways. Most bands designed for Apple Watch Series 4, Apple Watch Series 5, Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch Series 7 work with any previous version of Apple Watch. Whether you have an Apple Watch 7 or use the original Apple Watch, the process for changing an Apple Watch band has always been the same, so follow the steps and you'll have your new band in place in less than a minute. If the strap doesn't slide out, try pressing the strap release button again and make sure to hold it down.
While the Apple Watch face is made of a Retina glass display or Ion-X glass (Apple Watch Sport), changing the band requires that it be upside down, so it's imperative to perform the following steps on a smooth surface to avoid scratches and more. Therefore, make sure that each band is securely in place, giving each one a little pull and movement to ensure that the Apple Watch band connection is secure and does not fall off your wrist. Tilt the new band slightly so that it aligns with the angle of the slot on the Apple Watch wrist strap. The Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop bands are specifically designed for Apple Watch Series 4, Apple Watch Series 5, Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch Series 7.Place Apple Watch upside down on a smooth, clean surface, ideally a microfiber cloth or soft mat on a desk.
In addition, turn off your Apple Watch so you don't constantly touch the dial or any buttons when changing the band. Whether you have a stylish Case-Mate Apple Watch band or a replacement for your original band, you'll need to remove the device's existing band to change it.