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.


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.


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.