Apple Outlines Types of Apple Watch Damage Eligible for Warranty Service

MacRumors has obtained official Visual Mechanical Inspection information for the Apple Watch that reveals what type of damage is eligible for warranty service, out-of-warranty service or no service at all. These guidelines are adhered to by Apple authorized service providers and are based upon Apple's standard 1-year limited hardware warranty for the Apple Watch.

Apple Watch damage that is eligible for warranty service includes user-claimed debris under the display glass or pixel anomaly, a back cover removed with no damage, and any condensation in the heart rate sensor windows. In particular, the document states that a removed back cover is only covered when not accompanied by enclosure damage or evidence of prying.

Warranty Apple Watch
Apple Watch damage that is eligible for out-of-warranty service includes a cracked, missing, removed or damaged Digital Crown cap, extreme abrasion, puncture holes, missing buttons resulting from a drop, any chips or multiple cracks in the display glass, a removed back cover with evidence of enclosure damage or prying, a bent or split band enclosure, a missing or removed band release button, or cracks in the back cover.

Out of Warranty Apple Watch
Apple Watch damage considered nonreturnable and ineligible for warranty service includes a disassembled unit or missing parts, catastrophic damage, counterfeit or third-party parts, and unauthorized modifications such as aftermarket displays and other non-Apple installed parts. Catastrophic damage may still be covered under an AppleCare+ Protection Plan on a case-by-case basis.

Ineligible Warranty Apple Watch
Apple disclosed earlier this month that it will charge out-of-warranty service fees of $229, $329 and $2,800 for the Sport, Watch and Edition models respectively for repairs not covered by Apple's limited one-year warranty or AppleCare+ for Apple Watch. Out-of-warranty battery service is also available for $79 plus an applicable $6.95 shipping charge if required for all Apple Watch models.

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Top Rated Comments

MrLoL Avatar
75 months ago
Okay those pictures are terrifying :eek:
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
phillipduran Avatar
75 months ago

Agreed that is scary. Almost makes me want to go out and buy a bumper for my watch. :eek::eek::eek:


Bring back the Swatch face guard! :p

Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Puonti Avatar
75 months ago

Why would all those types of severe damage, like extreme abrasion, puncture holes, etc, be covered in "out of warranty"? Something is not right here.


Do you understand "out of warranty" as "after warranty period has passed"? The way I understand it, "out of warranty" refers here to damage that is not covered by warranty even if it is still in effect. Which makes sense - the damage can be repaired, the user just has to pay extra.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Wahlstrm Avatar
75 months ago
Finally some real world photos of the :apple:watch
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MVallee Avatar
75 months ago
No mention of water damage?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eddy Munn Avatar
75 months ago
Those poor Apple Watches that had to suffer for this guide!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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