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Childproofing your Apple Watch, the ultimate guide!

Updated: May 1, 2023



Apple Watches are fun gadgets that grown-ups love to use. But sometimes, kids want to play with them too! To keep your Apple Watch safe from little fingers, you need to make it kid-friendly. In this easy guide, we will go through the options that you have.


Option 1: Passcode (Turn off wrist detection)


Lock Your Apple Watch Automatically

Your Apple Watch can lock itself when you're not wearing it. Here's how to check if this setting is on:

  1. Open the "Settings" app on your Apple Watch.

  2. Tap "Passcode."

  3. Look for "Wrist Detection" and turn it on.

Remember, if you turn off wrist detection, some features might not work:

  • You need to enter your passcode for Apple Pay.

  • Some Activity measurements won't work.

  • Heart rate tracking and notifications will be turned off.

  • Your watch won't lock and unlock by itself.

  • Your watch won't make an emergency call after a hard fall.

Lock Your Apple Watch Manually

Sometimes, you might want to lock your Apple Watch by yourself. Here's how:

  1. Touch and hold the bottom of your watch screen.

  2. Swipe up to open Control Center.

  3. Tap the Lock button.

Now, your Apple Watch is locked, and you'll need your passcode to use it again.

*Note: To lock your watch manually, you must turn off wrist detection. Same issues as above.


Option 2: Use a child lock app specially designed for Apple Watch


An alternative method is to use a specialized app designed to add a child lock to your Apple Watch. One such app is the "Superlock Child Lock for Apple Watch App," which prevents children from accidentally opening your watch's screen. To use the app, follow these steps:

  1. Download the app on your iPhone.

  2. Install the app on your Apple Watch.

  3. Launch the app on your watch, and it will remain locked until you enter your secret pattern (two taps and a long press by default)

  4. It disables the screen so that your child cant accidentally open any apps

  5. It disables the other options too like single click and double click and power button click so you have peace of mind

  6. It also has stealth mode for bedtime so that the screen becomes completely black other than the time

You can download the Superlock Child Lock App here:


Option 3: Use Water Lock and Theater Mode

You can also use Water Lock and Theater Mode. These features make your watch less fun for kids to play with.

Water Lock: Water Lock stops the screen from reacting to taps. It's great for swimming, but it helps with kids too! To turn it on, swipe up from the bottom of your watch face and tap the water droplet icon.

To unlock your watch, press the Digital Crown until the screen says it's unlocked.

Theater Mode: Theater Mode keeps the watch screen dark and quiet, so it's not as fun for kids. To turn it on, swipe up from the bottom of your watch face and tap the theater mask icon. The screen will stay dark until you tap it or press a button.


In our experience, these don't help all that much as it doesn't stop kids from playing with it as they light up the moment you press the screen but its good for a few days atleast.


Option 4: Remove Tempting Apps

Kids might want to play with your Apple Watch because of the fun apps and games. To make it less interesting for them, you can remove some apps from the watch. Here's how:

  1. Open the "Watch" app on your iPhone.

  2. Scroll down and find the app you want to remove.

  3. Tap the app and turn off the "Show App on Apple Watch" option.

Now, the app won't be on your watch, and kids won't want to play with it as much.





Childproofing your Apple Watch is a breeze! By using these options you can safeguard your watch from little fingers. Your Apple Watch will now be protected and ready for everyday use.



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