Your iPhone, iPad, and Mac aren’t the only Apple products that are capable of producing screenshots. If you’re new to the Apple Watch or simply haven’t had the time to explore it as much as you’d like, you might be surprised to hear that you can take and share screenshots on that tiny device on your wrist.
However, it’s not as easy as it is on other Apple devices. Before you even attempt to take a screenshot on your Apple Watch, you must first enable the feature. Next, you must learn how to take the screenshot on your Apple Watch. And lastly, you’ll need to know where to even find the screenshots you take on your Apple Watch.
You can find all that information and more in the guide below.
1. Enable Screenshots on Your iPhone or Apple Watch
As mentioned, before you can actually take screenshots on your Apple Watch, you must first enable the feature on the iPhone that’s connected to it. On your iPhone:
- Open the Watch application
- Tap on My Watch
- Tap on General
- Scroll down and toggle on Enable Screenshots
You can also enable screenshots directly from your Apple Watch:
- Open the Settings application
- Tap on General
- Tap on Screenshots
- Toggle on Enable Screenshots
Note: If you don’t see the Screenshots option on your Apple Watch, make sure you’re running the latest WatchOS software.
2. Take a Screenshot on Your Apple Watch
Now that screenshots are enabled, you can head over to your Apple Watch. To take a screenshot on your watch, use two fingers and press down on the side button and the Digital crown button at the same time. If you’ve successfully taken a screenshot, you should see the whole screen flash and hear the screenshot sound you’re used to on the iPhone.
Lastly, to view and share the screenshots you take on your Apple Watch, you’ll have to head over to your iPhone. Simply:
- Open your iPhone
- Go to the Photos application
- Now, either go to Library or Albums (Recents or Screenshots)
If you’ve taken the Apple Watch screenshots recently, they’ll appear at the end of your Library or the Recents album in the Photos app. If the screenshots are older, go to the Screenshots album and scroll through until you find them.
To share an Apple Watch screenshot, simply tap on the Share button on the bottom left and send it just as you would any other normal screenshot: via AirDrop, text message, email, and more.
You can also find your Apple Watch screenshots on your Apple Watch, but that’ll take a bit of work. On your iPhone:
- Open the Watch app
- Go into Photos
- Tap on Sync Album
- Choose Recents
By default, only the photos in your Favorites album are shown on your Apple Watch. By changing it to Recents, you’ll now also see your recently taken Watch screenshots on your actual Apple Watch. You could also create an album specifically for Apple Watch screenshots and sync it to your Apple Watch, but that would require you to manually move all Watch screenshots, continuously, to that folder.
Taking and sharing screenshots on your Apple Watch isn’t as simple as it is on your other Apple products, but it still is possible with a bit of work. For more help with your Apple Watch or other devices, check out some of the related articles below.
i like to write stuff.