How to take a screenshot on Apple Watch

By , Apr 28, 2015

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If you blog about any of the more than 3,500 third-party applications that are currently available for the Apple Watch, or just want to capture a software bug or show off how you’ve customized your watch faces, there’s no need to photography the Watch screen with your iPhone.

Like Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPods, the Apple Watch features a built-in screenshot-taking capability. In this brief tutorial, I’m going to show you how to take a screenshot of anything that’s currently displayed on your Apple Watch screen.

Taking a screen shot on Apple Watch

Step 1: Press and hold the side button on your Apple Watch, then immediately press and release the Digital Crown. If a screenshot was taken, the Apple Watch screen will give you a visual confirmation by flashing its screen, like this.

Apple Watch screenshot howto

Tip: You can also press both buttons simultaneously, but I recommend using the method explained above, especially if you find it hard to hit both buttons at once.

Step 2: There’s no step 2.

Keep in mind that screenshots taken on your Apple Watch don’t get saved directly to the Watch. Instead, you can find them stored as PNG files in the Photos app on your iPhone, under the Camera roll (or under All Photos, if you’re using iCloud Photo Library).

Apple Watch screenshots are small, just 216-by-290 pixels for the 42mm Watches, so they transfer quickly and can be shared online in no time. And if you use iCloud Photo Library, your Watch screenshots will automatically get pushed to all your devices.

We have a comprehensive set of tutorials covering a myriad of screenshot-taking techniques on the Mac so check it out to learn how to master screenshots in OS X.

Like this little tip? Then give us a shoutout in comments and don’t forget to browse our growing archive of handy Apple Watch tips and tricks.

And if there’s anything you want to learn to do on your brand spanking new Apple Watch, or your Mac or iOS device for that matter, shoot us an email at help@iDownloadBlog.com and we’ll do our best to get you up to speed.

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  • Jim B

    yes, yet another how to on apple watch. can you please make a video on how to take a dump on an apple watch, pleaseeeee?

    • Tommy Gumbs

      Hahahahahahahahhaha. So! Fricken! True!

  • adrummond7

    I’ve actually found screenshots on iPhone 6 to not work as well when you tap home+power simultaneously. This procedure works just as well on the iPhone.

    Thank you.

  • Josh

    When are the “how to’s” going to end? Really getting tired of them.
    If these how to’s are really necessary, it would be better if they are all done in one single post and made into a sticky so it stays on front for a couple of days. But having post after post after post of Apple watch how to’s looks spammy a’f.

    • That_Fruitarian

      How about skipping past them?!?

      • Tommy Gumbs

        How about not making them. This is ridiculous

  • White Michael Jackson

    How about a “how to refund your apple watch”?

    • That_Fruitarian

      Even you aren’t that dumb.

      • White Michael Jackson

        Exactly. Im White Michae Jackson.

  • Edward Pacheco

    How about a “How to get your Apple Watch order to ship sooner” I’m dying to try all these tips. Keep it coming IDB, don’t mind the haters.

  • Steven Honey

    I’m enjoying the information IDB. thanks.

  • Ali G

    Why didn’t they make the Apple Watch just compress the files before sending them. That resolution is just terrible 🙁

  • Yunsar

    Step 2: there is no step two. Lol