The Galaxy Watch 4 is the latest addition to Samsung’s smartwatch series. The company claims that the watch is IP68 dust and water-resistant. That’s based on test conditions for submersion in up to 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.
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Meaning that you can shower or take your Galaxy Watch for a swim. As long as you stay within the required conditions for the water-resistance rating(Full video at the end of this post).
What is Water lock Mode?
Water Lock Mode is a feature on compatible Samsung Galaxy Smartwatches and Smart bands that locks your screen when enabled and plays a ring tone to vibrate the watch’s speakers and pump out water trapped in the speaker grills when disabled.
We all know that water loves lurking in holes. Therefore the speaker grill on your Galaxy Watch 4 would easily fill up with water whenever it takes a dip. Fortunately for us, Samsung has included a Water lock Mode that does two main things.
- It locks your screen to prevent touch inputs. So that there’s no risk of you accidentally ending your swim tracking as you power through the swimming pool.
- Then once you are done soaking your expensive gadget, disabling the Water Lock Mode would prompt the Galaxy Watch 4 to play a sound that Ejects water, through the Speaker Ports.
Which Galaxy Wearables have Water Lock Mode?
Water Lock Mode is available on the following Samsung Wearables; Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit2, Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch4, Galaxy Watch4 Classic, the Galaxy Watch Active series, Gear Fit2 Pro, and Gear Sport.
How to Enable Water Lock Mode?
There are three ways to enable water lock mode. Three methods are from within the Galaxy Watch settings, and the fourth option is through the Galaxy Wearable app on your smartphone.
Water Lock Mode automatic activation
If you manually start a swim tracking activity on your galaxy smartwatch, then Water Lock Mode will be enabled automatically.
How to enable water lock mode from the Galaxy Wearable app
I found this method while browsing through Samsung’s website. It seems it used to work in earlier versions of the Galaxy Wearable app. But at the time of writing this post, and double-checking with my own Galaxy Watch 4 it’s no longer available in the latest version of the Galaxy Wearable app. Here’s how it works.
- With the Galaxy Watch connected to your smartphone, launch the Galaxy Wearable app and click Watch Settings.
- Next, scroll down and click Advanced Features.
- Finally, tap on Water Lock Mode and turn it on.
If for whatever reason you don’t find the Water Lock Mode in the Quick Settings Menu of your Galaxy Watch 4, then don’t panic. Because you can still enable it in the Main Settings Menu of your smartwatch as follows:
How to enable Water Lock Mode from the Watch Settings
- From the Galaxy Watch 4’s Home Screen, swipe up to reveal your apps.
- Next scroll down until you find the Settings Icon.
- Then click settings and again scroll down to Advanced Features.
- Now click Advanced Features.
- The Water lock Mode should be the first option in this sub-menu.
- Finally, click on Water Lock Mode to enable it.
How to enable Water Lock Mode from the Quick Settings Menu
This is the fastest way to enable Water Lock Mode:
- Swipe from to bottom on the Galaxy Watch 4’s home screen to reveal the Quick Settings Menu.
- Then swipe left until you find an icon that looks like two water droplets. By default, the water droplet icon is located on the second page of the quick settings menu.
- Finally click it to enable Water Lock Mode.
No Water Lock Mode in the Quick Settings Menu?
If you can’t find the Water lock mode in your quick settings menu, that means it was accidentally deleted from there. So here’s how to put it back.
- Swipe down to access your quick settings menu once more.
- Then click and hold any icon for one second to activate edit mode
- Now swipe to the third screen and click the “plus button” to reveal more quick settings options.
- Finally, click on the two water droplets, and they would be added back to the quick settings menu.
Alternatively, you can more conveniently edit the buttons in the quick panel menu through the galaxy wearable app. With your galaxy watch, 4 paired to your smartphone, launch the wearable app. Then touch and hold to reorder the buttons.
How to disable Water Lock Mode on the Galaxy Watch
To disable water lock mode, press and hold the Galaxy Watch’s Home Button for 2 seconds. After disabling it, the smartwatch will play a sound to vibrate its speakers and pump out water from the speaker grill. Samsung recommends that whenever your smartwatch gets wet, you should shake it lightly to remove any water before using it.
Is there a warranty for liquid damage on the Galaxy Watch?
Samsung’s warranty for all its water-resistant wearables does not cover any form of liquid damage even if the devices have a certified iPXX water-resistance rating.
By the way, even though they have a water resistance rating, there’s no warranty coverage for water damage on Galaxy watches.
Because the IP rating only works within specific conditions. Moreover, the seals that keep water out tend to degrade over time and become less effective.
A lesson I learned the hard way with my Samsung Gear S3, which succumbed to liquid damage after almost a year of regular water abuse. So a piece of advice, keep your wearables away from water as much as possible.