Feb 11, 2022 5 min read

What is water lock mode on the Samsung galaxy watch?

What is water lock mode on the Samsung galaxy watch?
Water resistant Galaxy watch 
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Have you ever gone out with friends for a recreational swim and did not want to take off your Samsung Galaxy watch? Well, it so happens that there is actually a mode on Samsung Galaxy watches that allows you to do that safely.

This means that if this mode is activated, the watch is now water resistant and can be safely submerged in shallow water.

This mode is referred to as Water Lock mode, and its function is pretty straightforward. The main reason for activating this feature is that you can wear the watch while swimming or engaging in other water activities.

What is water lock mode on the Samsung galaxy watch?

Water lock mode is a feature that will keep the Samsung galaxy watch from being ruined by water. It does this by shutting off all sensors and the display on your phone, so you can wear it while swimming without worrying about damaging it.

You can also use this mode to track your progress while swimming or time how long a specific workout was while sweating using the stopwatch function on your Galaxy Watch.

What else does water lock do?

Well, it prevents accidental activation of any features during a wet environment, such as rain or sweat, when working out.

For instance, if you're running in inclement weather and get rained on, then your watch may start accidentally activating the notification or navigation gestures in a way you didn't intend. The same thing could happen if you're working out in a heavy sweat session and the wetness accidentally activates any of the touch inputs.

With water lock mode, this can't happen because these features are disabled until you tap three times on the screen to unlock it again.

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How does the water lock mode work?

Water lock mode will keep your watch from being ruined by water. It does this by shutting off all sensors and the display on your phone, so you can wear it while swimming without worrying about damage from water or wetness.

To use the mode, you must press the start/home button for a few seconds with a touch screen gesture for it to activate.

When this mode is switched off, the watch will vibrate and will automatically start ejecting water from the speaker port.

There’s no story, I was at home, bored, sprinkled water on my watch and grabbed a towel from the bathroom.
Water splash on a smartwatch

Enable and Disable Water Lock on Samsung Galaxy Watch

It is not included by default in Quick Settings. Therefore, you will need to turn it on in the Settings menu.

  • Swipe and choose Settings.
  • Then choose Advanced.
  • Scroll down and choose Water Lock Mode option.
  • Change the toggle switch to on.

Now, you can simply enable water lock mode on the Samsung Galaxy Watch by pressing and holding the start/home button until you see the water droplet screen.

If you want to disable water lock mode, press and hold the start button until you see the water droplet screen and a sound plays. Then, it will display a message that says, "water lock mode off, ejecting water, press again to stop."

Keep holding the button, and the watch will vibrate and will automatically start ejecting all the water in and around it through the speakers before turning off the water lock mode.

Is the water lock feature safe for swimming?

Yes, it works well for casual swimming in shallow waters. The first thing to remember is that this mode was designed for recreational use, not as a replacement for a waterproof smartwatch. If you're diving or doing other high-intensity water activities, you'll need a fully waterproof watch.

Water lock mode works well when swimming leisurely and won't be a replacement for a watch that's meant to withstand water damage. For the most part, it works very well on the Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active, and Gear Sport.

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What are the benefits of using this feature?

The main benefit is that you can wear your watch while swimming or engaging in other water activities without worrying about damaging it.

This is one of the most requested features on Samsung Galaxy watches, so many people will be happy to know they can go swimming without worrying about their watch getting damaged. It has hundreds of positive reviews online because people who love water activities find this feature really useful and like how simple it is to activate it.

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Using a smartwatch in water

Who should use this feature?

Anyone who wants to take their Samsung Galaxy Watch into shallow waters can use this mode, but it's not something everyone has to have enabled for their device to operate correctly.

People who don't want their watch wet need not activate this mode either because it isn't needed for the regular functions on the device, even when exposed to water.

Why you may not want to use this feature?

Some people aren't comfortable with having no display on their smartwatch, so they won't want to use this feature.

There are some people who don't like the idea of not being able to see their watch when in water, even if it's shallow and a few feet deep.

Many people enjoy setting the timer on their Galaxy Watch to track how long they spent swimming or working out during specific workouts. This is one of those features that you'll have to experiment with and decide whether or not it works for you before using it.

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What Samsung watches work with the water lock feature?

All the recent models of the Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch Active series and Gear Sport will work with this mode, even the new Sport Active watches.

Samsung watches have long been requested to have a way to disable their screens for use in swimming situations. Still, now we finally have a dedicated feature called water lock mode, which keeps the screen deactivated, especially while you are in the water.

When you put your watch in water lock mode, the screen will freeze, and all the sensors on it are deactivated, so nothing can accidentally get activated by pointing your wrist at other devices. This feature has been available for years on watches from other wearable brands that are meant for swimmers or water activities.

How long does it take to activate?

It takes around 1-2 seconds to enable once you know how to do it, but first, you need to have enabled access to the mode through the Settings menu.

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Wrap up

Water lock mode will protect your device when swimming or being exposed to water in any way, so if you're not sure whether you want to activate this feature on your galaxy smartwatch, ask yourself two questions.

Firstly, you need to ask yourself whether or not you plan on going swimming with your galaxy watch or exposing it to other forms of moisture often. This may be a good feature for you if the answer is yes.

The other question is whether or not you are okay with having no display at all while the watch's sensors are deactivated. If the answer here is no, then water lock mode probably isn't something you'll want to use right away.

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