Much like the iPhone and iPad, the Apple Watch allows users to quickly take screenshots on the fly that automatically save and upload to Photos for onward forwarding and use.
In this short guide, we’ll show how to take a screenshot on Apple Watch, and how to amend your settings in the Watch app on iOS to fix a pesky default setting which may prevent you from doing so.
The method used to take a screenshot on Apple Watch remains unchanged since the original wearable shipped in 2015, though many users don’t know the feature exists.
How to take a screenshot on Apple Watch
- Navigate to the app or screen you wish to capture in a screenshot
- Press the Digital Crown and the Side button of your Apple Watch at the same time
After simultaneously pressing the two buttons, your Apple Watch’s screen will flash white, you’ll hear a camera click (if your volume is turned on) and on modern Apple Watch models you’ll feel the wearable vibrate to indicate the screenshot has been taken.
Still unable to screenshot? Within a recent update to watchOS, Apple has turned the ability to take a screenshot off by default on Apple Watch. If you’ve followed the simple steps above and are unable to screenshot, this will most definitely fix the issue.
How to enable screenshots on Apple Watch
- Open the Watch app on the iPhone paired with your Apple Watch
- Tap General
- Scroll down until you see the ‘Enable Screenshots’ toggle
- Turn On this option to enable screenshots on Apple Watch
If you’re using the Workout app, pressing the Digital Crown and the Side button to take a screenshot will pause your workout. Pressing both buttons again will resume your workout. – You can learn more about how to record a workout on Apple Watch here.