Most Microsoft Band owners will tell you that the wearable has become a constant and trusted companion. It’s an amazing fitness device, but after using it for any length of time, owners also get addicted to its fabulous smartwatch capabilities. Even those customers who have had the Band swapped a few times due to various issues with strap tears or battery issues still swear by it. I’ve tested quite a few wearables and always circle back to the Band because its consistently the most accurate for overall fitness.
But, it seems there’s always discussion about the best ways to keep the Band maintained and in near pristine condition. The guidance from Microsoft has never been exactly clear and even the tidbits the company does provide is buried too deep in online documentation to locate easily.
The material of the Band has changed a bit between version 1 and 2, and of course, the material and curvature of the screen of the 2nd iteration also causes some challenges.
Here’s some maintenance suggestions to keep in mind to ensure a longer, uninterrupted life for the Band 2:
- Use a screen protector. I recommend the ArmorSuit MilitaryShield. (Review HERE)
- Use a soft, lint-free cloth to wipe the Band’s straps after every workout.
- Use a specialized screen wipe (like those from MagicFiber) for the Band’s screen. (a perfect one is included with the ArmorSuit screen protector).
- Use a cotton swab moistened only with fresh water to clean the exposed sensors and charging port.
Obviously never immerse the Band in water – it’s water resistant, not waterproof. Don’t clean it using a spray bottle, swim wearing it, or forget to sit it aside while showering. I’ve heard some boast that they’ve worn their Band 2 in the shower without issue. That’s not supported and is only tempting fate.
Additionally, due to the sensitive nature of the internal and external sensors, be careful when using any cleaning substance or lotion – including sunscreen! The sunscreen avoidance is particularly ironic considering the Band 2 provides UV warnings. But, also be careful when washing your hands or doing laundry. While the Band 2 is water resistant, the chemicals in soap, detergent, chlorinated water, salt water, lotion, bug spray, and sunscreen can have adverse effects.