The Samsung Water Lock Mode Guide For Smartwatches!

Love to swim? Make sure you turn on the Water Lock Mode of your Samsung smartwatch before you do!

In this guide, we will explain what Water Lock Mode is all about. Find out how and why you should turn it on before a swim!


What Is Water Lock Mode?

Water Lock Mode is a feature that is found in Samsung smartwatches that are designed for swimming. Currently, it is available in the Galaxy Watch Active, the Galaxy Watch and the Gear Sport.

  • Enabling it disables the touch display, preventing you (or water splashes) from accidentally activating it during a swim
  • Disabling it will cause the speaker to vibrate and eject water from the speaker port


How To Enable & Disable Water Lock Mode

By default, it is not available in Quick Settings, so you will need to enable it in Settings 

  • Go to Settings
  • Swipe to Advanced
  • Scroll to the Water Lock Mode option
  • Tap the toggle switch to turn it on

Once you are done swimming, just press and hold the Home button to disable it.


Adding It To Quick Settings

If you find it useful, you can add it to Quick Settings using these steps :

  • Go to Settings
  • Swipe to Advanced
  • Scroll to Edit Quick Settings
  • Remove one of the existing Quick Settings by tapping on the minus (-) icon
  • Tap on the plus (+) icon to add a new Quick Setting
  • Scroll to Water Lock Mode, and tap on it
  • Once you add it to Quick Settings, you can tap and hold to move its icon to the position you prefer.
  • Then press Home to save your choice and exit

Now, you can swipe down and quickly toggle it!


Isn’t My Smartwatch Already Waterproof?

The Samsung Galaxy Watch, Watch Active and Gear Sport smartwatches are all certified water-resistant to the 5 ATM or 5ATM standard – they will withstand depths of up to 50 metres for up to 10 minutes.

You can actually start swimming without turning on Water Lock at all. Perhaps that’s why Samsung did not publicise much about this feature. However, we still recommend you use this feature if you intend to get wet.


When You Should Turn Water Lock Mode On / Off

Before You Start Swimming

You can swim with your 5 ATM-rated Samsung smartwatch without prior preparation.

But turning this feature on will prevent the touch display from being activated by water splashes.

After You Are Done Swimming

Disabling the Water Lock Mode after you are done swimming will eject water from the speaker port.

This is especially important if you are swimming in chlorinated or dirty water – the chlorine or dirt can dry out and clog the speaker.

In addition, we recommend that you repeat the steps above, with your Samsung smartwatch soaking in clean water for a few minutes. This would make sure the speaker port is cleaned properly, and nothing corrosive remains inside.


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