The rotating bezel on the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, which allows you to navigate the watch simply by spinning the outer ring, is one of its many cool features. The Galaxy Watch bezel, however, may become stiffer and feel worse with time compared to the day you originally received it. This article will walk you through the procedures for cleaning the Galaxy Watch bezel and repairing it so that it functions properly once again.
Why clean the Galaxy Watch 4 Classics bezel What methods are available for cleaning the rotating bezel Cleaning the rotating bezel on the Galaxy Watch 4 Removing the rotating bezel Cleaning the bezel pieces Reassembling the Galaxy Watch 4s bezel REASONS FOR CLEANING THE GALAXY WATCH 4 CLASSICS BEZEL As previously observed, the Galaxy Watch’s rotating bezel has a tendency to stiffen with use. If you give it some thought, you can see why. The outside edge of that bezel doesn’t touch the watch’s body because of a slight clearance. You constantly add minute amounts of dust to that clearance as you touch and twist it. The slit between the bezel and the watch continues to fill up over time with an increasing amount of foreign matter.
The Galaxy Watch 4 is 5ATM IP68 water and dust resistant, which is the highest level of protection available for devices. However, this does not imply that it can withstand foreign objects getting inside the rotating bezels mechanism; rather, it simply means that the electronic internals won’t be impacted. Having said that, you might be amazed at how clogged up and grimy your Galaxy Watch’s rotating bezel can get if you’ve never cleaned it.
WHICH TECHNIQUES ARE AVAILABLE TO CLEAN THE ROTATING BEZEL Many online users advise just turning the stiff bezel while running the Galaxy Watch 4 under warm water in the sink. This is undoubtedly an option and may work for you because the Galaxy Watch 4 is water resistant. This technique, meanwhile, doesn’t thoroughly clean the bezel. Only larger debris that has become stuck in the space between the watch’s bezel and bezel is removed. The outcome is the same as rubbing the bezel with an alcohol-soaked Q-tip. Even though this might be just what you need, it might not necessarily get everything out. So go ahead and give these a shot before moving on.
This manual walks you through a little more involved process. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic’s bezel may be removed entirely. When you pull it off, cleaning the mechanism is much simpler and you can get areas that running water can’t. Although a little risky, this approach won’t likely result in your watch being damaged.
CLEANSING THE GALAXY WATCH 4’S ROTATING BEZEL Disclaimer: Although this strategy worked successfully for me, there are some potential risks. There are many moving parts, so do not attempt to disassemble your Galaxy Watch 4 if you are not comfortable doing so. You are in charge of taking care of your own Galaxy Watch if you use this cleaning technique.
Even though removing the bezel from the Galaxy Watch 4 is dangerous, it can be done rather easily. You will need a few things to get started before moving on.
Classic Galaxy Watch 4 A thin but sturdy prying tool Note: You can use a narrow, stiff guitar pick if nothing else is available. Q-tips booze is optional: alcohol-based wipes With this technique, there is no need to disassemble the watch’s internal workings or remove any adhesives. This indicates that even after cleaning, the Galaxy Watch 4 will maintain its 5ATM IP68 water and dust resistance.
THE ROTATING BEZEL IS REMOVED Your thin prying tool should be placed in the space between the Galaxy Device’s body and rigid bezel in order to begin working your way around the watch. To separate the bezel and body, tilt the tool slightly as you move it around. It ought to eventually just pop off.
Important: While completing any stage of this process, DO NOT flip the Galaxy Watch over. Four bearing balls with springs under them are present. They will just fall out because, as far as we could tell, there is no lubrication or other substance holding them in place. Take great care not to misplace them.
You can see a plastic ring with a crack in the middle underneath the bezel. Use the plastic ring with extreme caution. Remove it from the watch with care. The four bearing balls mentioned before are also visible. Since they might be lost very easily, take particular care to keep them.
THE BEZEL PIECES’ CLEANING Basically, you need three pieces: a watch, a plastic ring, and a metal rotating bezel. You can wipe the metal bezels’ underside with an alcohol pad or Q-tip. The metal band’s underside is lined with dimples. Since they serve as the bezel’s stopping places when it is spun, make an effort to clean the filth and debris out of these dimples.
You might observe that there is a lot of dirt lining the plastic ring. Running water would never be able to reach this filth and remove it, thus this is where the approach excels. You can carefully wipe the plastic ring by using an alcohol pad or Q-tip. Since the ring is a crucial component of the rotating bezel and is constructed of a springy plastic, do not overly bend or handle it.
Last but not least, run the Q-tip dipped in alcohol along the watch’s bearing ball gaps. Additionally, there will be a fair quantity of grime, which will be easily removed with alcohol and some friction. Remember to use caution when handling the metal balls because they can easily pop out.
GALAXY WATCH 4S BEZEL REASSEMBLY You can begin reassembling the watch once everything has been thoroughly cleaned. Take the plastic ring and insert it into the metal bezel’s bottom. The plastic bezel’s tiny tabs must be facing away from the metal bezel ring. The plastic ring should fit exactly in the inner channel of the metal bezel if you do this correctly.
From here, verify that the watch’s bearing balls are all still in their original positions. Once you’re certain they are, carefully fit the metal bezel over the watch face and press it back into place. If the plastic ring was properly installed, the metal bezel should have snapped back rather quickly.
Note: You might have put it in incorrectly if you can see the plastic ring when looking down at the watch. Keep in mind that the little tabs must be facing away from the metal bezel. For instance, the tabs must be pointing downward if the metal bezel is smooth side up.
If the bezel begins to snap back into place, slowly press forward while moving around the watch. If you did it correctly, you ought should be able to rotate the bezel and use the watch’s controls once more!
Though intimidating, this method is actually quite simple. The watch will probably have a lot of dirt inside that may be cleaned once you open it. Either you’ll be impressed or repulsed. After putting everything back together, the bezel should turn freely and feel as good as new.