Upgrade your Apple Watch Band for Less Than $30

The Apple Watch is a wonderful product that I love and use all the time, but it can be a little hard to legitimize spending a few hundred dollars on additional watch bands. It was hard enough legitimizing spending $400 on a watch, so I have not bought any of Apple’s official watch bands. However, there is a way to get a nice new band for your Apple Watch and not break the bank doing it.

What you need

How to

The process is incredibly straightforward. The hardest part is getting the pin out of the strap. This can be a little delicate, since you don’t want to stretch out the band and ruin in before you even get it on the Apple Watch. The easiest way is remove it through he hole in the bottom of the band, not the holes on either side. Push it to the little metal nub towards the inside of the band firmly. You should be able to finagle the metal piece out of the hole.

The rest is self-explanatory. The lug set includes a tiny screwdriver so you can easily disassemble the lug, affix your new band, and screw it back together. The 24mm bands fit perfectly on the lugs and look totally natural with the watch itself.

You might think there is more to this “how to” but there isn’t. It’s so damn easy that the hardest part is figuring out what band you want to get next.


Obviously you can do this with watch bands not made by Fossil, but I think they make some of the best cheap watch bands around. The ones I used were $15 on sale (even their expensive ones are $30) and feel really good on the wrist.