How to take a screenshot on Wear OS 3 smartwatches

Follow these steps to capture what's on your watch's display
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Taking a screenshot on a Wear OS 3 or Wear OS 4 smartwatch is pretty different from what you may be used to - and we'll explain exactly how to perform one in this guide. 

While other smartwatch operating systems allow you to capture what's on your display with simple button presses, things are a little more convoluted with Google's OS. 

The steps below will alter slightly depending on which compatible smartwatch you own. However, the rough idea is the same on watches from Google itself, as well as Xiaomi, Mobvoi, and Samsung devices we've tested. 

How to take a screenshot on Wear OS 3/4

WareableSteps to take a screenshot on Wear OS 3

With older versions of Wear OS, you could take a screenshot by simply holding down the crown and one of the side buttons. That's not the case with Wear OS 3/4. 

Instead, you'll need your phone handy, and have what you want to screenshot up on your phone. From there, do the following:

1. On your Android device, open up your watch manufacturer's companion app.

2. Unless automatically open, find the section of the app that shows your watch's status and settings.

3. Tap the three-dot menu in the top right to open up some settings options. This varies between each app, so you may have to sift through some other screens to bring this up.

4. Hit the option that reads something like 'Take screenshot on watch' or 'Request watch screenshot'.

5. Depending on your watch/companion app, you'll then receive a notification prompting you to send the screenshot to a certain app. 

6. We chose Google Photos as our default option and began uploading the screenshot to our camera roll, though you will initially have the option to upload it to any app.

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Conor Allison


Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR. He made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large. Conor has become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to-based guides. 

He has also contributed to British GQ, Wired, Metro, The Independent, and The Mirror. 

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