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Use this guide to replace the adhesive of your Apple Watch Series 2 and reseal it. The Apple Watch’s water resistance might not be fully restored after that procedure.

    • Apply a little bit of isopropyl alcohol (>99%) to a Q-tip or use a cleaning pad to gently remove the adhesive leftovers on top of the force touch gasket.

    • To remove the adhesive on the side where the display cables are running, fold down the display and carefully pull it away from the frame so there's enough space.

  1. Flip the Apple Watch upside down so the display lays flat while lifting up the case. Remove the leftovers on the back of the display.
    • Flip the Apple Watch upside down so the display lays flat while lifting up the case.

    • Remove the leftovers on the back of the display.

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  3. Use a pair of tweezers to carefully remove replacement adhesive with the blue protective film from the backing paper.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to carefully remove replacement adhesive with the blue protective film from the backing paper.

  4. Hold the replacement adhesive diagonally to thread it over the display. Slightly tilt the display forward so you can align the adhesive with the frame.
    • Hold the replacement adhesive diagonally to thread it over the display.

    • Slightly tilt the display forward so you can align the adhesive with the frame.

    • Position the replacement adhesive on top of the force touch gasket and use the pointed end of a spudger to move and press it into place.

  5. Reconnect the battery as seen in the replacement guide you came from.
    • Reconnect the battery as seen in the replacement guide you came from.

    • Remove the protective film from the adhesive.

  6. Align the screen and press it down firmly onto the adhesive.
    • Align the screen and press it down firmly onto the adhesive.

    • To improve bonding of the adhesive you can use an iOpener to warm up the display. Then apply some pressure for a few hours (placing it under one or two heavy books overnight might be a way).

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Will the new adhesive be water proof?

or will the watch after replacement no longer be water proof?

fredrik.liljeroth - Antwoord

The Apple Watch isn’t waterproof, but water resistant. After opening and resealing it there is no guaranty that the resistance is the same as before. More on that topic can also be read on Apples website (“Apple Watch can't be rechecked or resealed for water resistance.“). But when resealed properly (using heat and pressure without damaging the force touch gasket in the opening process and cleaning off old residue) there shouldn’t be any concern for a normal daily use like washing hands or taking a shower. It might even work for a swim in a pool or an ocean, but I wouldn’t count on that 50M ISO rating ;)

Tobias Isakeit -

This one was a bugger! Dang…getting this over the display w/o sticking to everything is an exercise puzzle. The first one also didn't release correctly and I ended up installing just the blue adhesive backing…then realized that the adhesive was still on the other backing, which I then had to very carefully remove with a tweezers, then navigate the puzzle of an exercise getting it over the display and in to position. I did it, but as other commenters noted, it is not sealed anything like it originally was. In fact, it came up in a few days and I had to use the iRemover to heat it back up and press it back into place. I also use an iWatch bumper guard all the time now to protect it from popping off. For this older series 2 iWatch I’m ok.

Thank you iFixIt for top notch parts, instructions and tutorials. I’ve been an IT tech/specialist for many years, but still approach new repairs with caution, especially on Apple products, until I’ve done it at least once.

Erica Rogers - Antwoord

Yes, resealing the Apple Watch is a tough one. It is either disconnecting the display and go without the "exercise puzzle" but risk damaging cables and having to reconnect the display vs. keeping a steady hand and feeding the adhesive around the display.

I edited the guide to apply pressure on the closed watch for a longer time now. A few hours under some heavy books might do a better job.

Oh, and congrats on the repair.

Tobias Isakeit -

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