When it comes to being an Apple Watch owner, one of the “fun” things about it is being able to collect and use a bunch of different watch bands. However, following the introduction of the Apple Watch Ultra, there have been plenty of questions about compatibility. So can you use Apple Watch bands on Apple Watch Ultra?
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Can You Use Apple Watch Bands on Apple Watch Ultra?
Part of the concern leading up to Apple’s introduction of the Apple Watch Ultra came in the form of the rumor mill. Some Apple analysts and leakers claimed that the company’s latest wearable would not be compatible with your existing library of watch bands.
Thankfully, that’s not entirely the case, as Apple provided further clarification following the presentation:
“You can match most bands with any Apple Watch Series 3 or newer case of the same size. The 41mm bands work with 38mm and 40mm cases; the 45mm bands work with 42mm, 44mm and 49mm cases.
The Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop bands are only compatible with Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 4 or newer. The 40mm and 41mm cases work with band sizes 1-9; the 44mm and 45mm cases works with band sizes 1-12.”
Essentially, this means that if you own one of the smaller Apple Watch models, the ones with 38, 40, or 41mm bands, then you won’t be able to use those with the Apple Watch Ultra. Conversely, if you own bands that fit the larger Apple Watch models from recent years, then they should work just fine with the Apple Watch Ultra.
These include case sizes of 42, 44, or 45mm Apple Watch models. Additionally, if you’ve been enjoying either Apple’s Braided or Solo Loop bands with your Apple Watch, those will also fit the Apple Watch Ultra.
On the other side of the coin, Apple introduced a series of new bands that were designed specifically for the Apple Watch Ultra. Naturally, this led to questions as to whether those new bands would fit the non-Ultra Apple Watch models.
According to Apple’s website, the new Trail Loop, Alpine Loop, and Ocean Band will work with 44mm and 45mm Apple Watch models. Unfortunately, these new bands will not work with 38, 40, or 41mm models. But we expect that it won’t be long before third-party bands are available that mimic the ones that Apple introduced for those with smaller Apple Watch models.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.