Can you use Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 bands on the Galaxy Watch 3?

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (Image credit: Android Central)

Best answer: Yes, but only on the 41mm Galaxy Watch 3. Since the Galaxy Watch Active 2 used 20mm, and so does the new 41mm Galaxy Watch 3, you can use the same standard watch bands.

Will you be able to use Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 bands on the new Galaxy Watch 3?

When you buy something, you want to be sure it's right for you. This not only applies to your budget or lifestyle but also your personal style. Thankfully there are a lot of aftermarket ways to customize things these days. From custom vinyl wraps and fabrication to 3D printing or the tried and true option — paint. The same can be said for your smartwatch too. However, you don't have to go that far to change up the look of the new Samsung Galaxy Watch 3. A simple change of the watch band can go a long way toward achieving the desired look.

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a very popular smartwatch with some great watch bands. Whether it was an original band from that watch or one that's available for it, you may want to use the band for your new Galaxy Watch 3. Thankfully, the original Galaxy Watch Active 2 uses a standard watch band with a 20mm size, so it works with a lot of other watches.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 41mm Silver

Source: Andrew Martonik / Android Central (Image credit: Source: Andrew Martonik / Android Central)

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is available in 45mm and 41mm sizes. The different size watches means that there are different band sizes as well. The 45mm variation requires a 22mm watch band, while the 41mm uses the same 20mm watch band size as the Galaxy Watch Active 2. So, this means your favorite Watch Active 2 watch bands, or any other 20mm straps, will work with your new 41mm Galaxy Watch 3; just not a 45mm variant.

Since the 20mm is such a common watch band size, there should be absolutely no shortage of choices to let you get just the right look for your new smartwatch.

Chris Wedel
Smart Home Writer
Chris Wedel is a fan of all things tech and gadgets. Living in rural Kansas with his wife and two young boys makes finding ways to get and stay online tricky. By utilizing his years of experience with the tech and mobile communications industries — success is assured. When not conquering connectivity challenges and testing new gadgets, he enjoys cruising a gravel road in his UTV with some good tunes.