How to re-enable Apple Watch screenshots in watchOS 3

By , Sep 15, 2016

Apple Watch screenshot howto

Like most Apple devices, the Apple Watch has from the onset included the ability to take a screenshot by simultaneously pressing the Side button and the Digital Crown. In watchOS 3, this feature is disabled by default, for a good reason: the shortcut clashes with a new feature where you press both buttons to pause or resume a workout in progress. Thankfully, there’s now a new switch to toggle screenshot taking.

1) In the Watch app on your paired iPhone, go to My Watch → General and toggle the Enable Screenshots switch on or off.

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Like before, any screenshots taken on an Apple Watch are automatically saved in the Camera roll on its paired iPhone, inside the Screenshots album.

As mentioned, watchOS 3 uses a new shortcut to pause or resume a workout which requires you to simultaneously press both the Digital Crown and the Side button. If you enable screenshots, every time you pause or resume a workout you’ll snap screenshot too.

To prevent that from happening, watchOS 3 includes a new feature that can automatically pause your workout when you stop moving and resume when you start moving, saving you from manually pausing or resuming it.

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To enable this feature, slide to the ON position the Running Auto Pause button in My Watch → Workout in the companion Watch app on your iPhone with iOS 10.

watchOS 3 is available as a free software update for the original Apple Watch, Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch Series 2.

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  • Hammid

    Woooo! I’ve been far too busy to find this option, so thank you for making it easy on me 😀

  • malhal

    Cannot wait to use this feature to turn screenshot taking off, I get so many accidental ones on the watch for some reason.

  • Spekk

    I dont need shortcut to pause for my workouts, that can b done by swiping from left and press pause. Screenshot i use occasionally, thankyouverymuch for the info.

  • Dan

    Auto pause for running is fine, but why didn’t they implement it for cycling and walking as well? Pressing 2 buttons while you’re walking isn’t terrible, but it’s actually a lot harder to do when you’re cycling.