Use Water lock mode to swim with your Samsung smart watch

Man swimming with Water Lock Mode on his smart watch

Going for a swim? Your smart watch is always ready for a dip. Just make sure you turn on Water lock mode to prevent accidental touches on your screen. It will also prevent you from accidentally activating your watch with a wake-up gesture while you're swimming.

Note: Water Lock mode is available on Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit2, Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch5 series, Galaxy Watch4 series, the Galaxy Watch Active series, Gear Fit2 Pro, and Gear Sport. Whenever your watch gets wet, lightly shake it to remove any water before using it.

Turn on Water lock mode from Quick settings

Swim-proof and ready for anything, your watch will work in the pool, the rain, and even in the shower. If you want to prevent accidental touches while you're splashing around, turn on Water lock mode.

  1. On the watch, swipe down to open the Quick settings panel, and then tap the Water lock mode icon. It looks like two droplets of water.

  2. Water lock mode will be automatically enabled if you start a swim workout.

  3. To turn off Water lock mode, press and hold the Home key (Power key). If needed, follow any on-screen instructions.

Water lock mode icon highlighted on a Samsung Galaxy Watch

Turn on Water lock mode from Settings

On some watches, Water lock mode won't be in the Quick settings panel by default. But don't worry, you can easily turn on Water lock mode from the regular Settings menu.

  1. From the watch's Home screen, navigate to Settings. Then, swipe to and tap Advanced or Advanced features.

  2. Next, tap Water lock, and then tap the switch to turn it on.

  3. If it's your first time using Water lock mode, you may be asked to read some safety information and tap the check mark. Water lock mode will be activated.

  4. To turn off Water lock mode, press and hold the Home key (Power key). If needed, follow any on-screen instructions.

Water lock switched on with a Samsung Galaxy Watch

Turn on Water lock mode from the Galaxy Wearable app

If you already jumped in the pool, you can ask your friend to use your phone to turn on the Water lock mode via the Galaxy Wearable app. You will need to turn it off using the watch.

Navigate to the Galaxy Wearable app, and then tap Advanced. Tap Water lock, and then tap Turn on.

To turn off Water lock mode, press and hold the Home key (Power key). If needed, follow any on-screen instructions.

Turn on Water lock mode option in Galaxy Wearable app

Note: This option is not available in the Galaxy Wearable app for the Galaxy Watch4 series or Galaxy Watch5 series.

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