How to take a screenshot on Apple Watch and where to find your screenshots

Hands touching smart watch on arm at desk
You can take a screenshot on your Apple Watch just like you can on any other Apple device. lechatnoir/Getty Images
  • To take a screenshot on your Apple Watch, press the Digital Crown and the side button at the same time.
  • First, you need to enable screenshots in the Watch app for iPhone or in the Settings app on your Apple Watch.
  • Just like iPhone screenshots, Apple Watch screenshots are saved to your Camera Roll and in the Screenshots folder of the Photos app.
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Just like any other Apple device with a screen, you can take a screenshot on your Apple Watch. But before you do, you’ll need to enable the feature either on the Watch app for iPhone or in the Settings app on your Apple Watch.

After screenshots are enabled, all you have to do is press the Digital Crown and side button at the same time to take a screenshot. From there, go into your Camera Roll or the Screenshots folder in the Photos app to view your screenshots.

Here’s everything you need to know.

How to enable Apple Watch screenshots

You can enable Apple Watch screenshots on the Watch app for iPhone or directly on your Apple Watch.

On your iPhone:

1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone. Go to the My Watch tab.

2. Tap General.

Screenshot of the Watch iPhone app with the General option highlighted
In ‘General,’ you can also install software updates, turn on ‘Do Not Disturb,’ and more. Abigail Abesamis Demarest

3. Scroll down, then tap the slider next to Enable Screenshots to turn on the feature. It will turn green when on, grey when off.

Screenshot of the General section of the Watch iPhone app with the Enable Screenshots toggle highlighted
The slider turns green when screenshots are enabled. Abigail Abesamis Demarest

On your Apple Watch:

1. Open the Settings app on your Watch.

2. Tap General, then Screenshots.

Apple Watch screenshot of the Settings app with the General option highlighted
You can make changes to your Apple Watch settings on the Watch itself or in the iPhone app. Abigail Abesamis Demarest

3. Tap the slider next to Enable Screenshots to turn on the feature.

Apple Watch screenshot of the Screenshots page in the Settings app with the Enable Screenshots slider highlighted
Just like the iPhone app, you enable screenshots by tapping on a slider. Abigail Abesamis Demarest

How to take a screenshot on an Apple Watch

Using two fingers, press the Digital Crown and the side button simultaneously. You’ll know the screenshot was taken if you see the screen flash or if you hear a shutter sound (if you have sound enabled on your Apple Watch).

Where to find your Apple Watch screenshots

1. Open the Camera app. Tap the box in the bottom-left corner showing a preview of your most recent photo. This will open your Camera Roll. If you just took the screenshot, it should be the most recent photo.

IPhone screenshot of the Camera app with the Camera Roll option highlighted
Tap the preview photo on the bottom-left of the screen. Abigail Abesamis Demarest

2. Alternatively, open the Photos app. On the Albums tab, scroll down to the bottom. Tap Screenshots.

IPhone screenshot of the Photos app with the Screenshots option highlighted
In the Screenshots folder, you’ll find screenshots taken on your Apple Watch and on your iPhone. Abigail Abesamis Demarest

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