Unlike with older versions of watchOS, the screenshot feature is disabled by default in watchOS 3. This is because the screenshot shortcut interferes with the functionality used by the built-in workout app. In fact, they both use the same gesture to work, which includes pressing the digital crown and side button.

How To Take Screenshots In WatchOS 3 On The Apple Watch

watchOS 3 and screenshots

Capturing a screenshot with an Apple Watch running watchOS 3 means the same as it would on any other device. You want to capture a static image of what is on the screen. And before the latest version of watchOS, it used to be easy to do. But for reasons I’ve already explained, it’s now become a little more involved.

However, the above may not be the only reason Apple disabled it by default on watchOS 3, as users once reported that they would take screenshots by mistake. So maybe that alone was good enough reason for its relegation to the optional.

How to take screenshots

Next I am going to share with you how to get your screenshots back. Once you have them enabled, you will be able to press the digital crown and side button again and snap away to your heart’s content.

Here we go:

  1. To start, you need to launch the Watch App on your iPhone.
  2. In My Watch, find the corresponding tab in the bottom right and select it. Next, scroll up and select General.
  3. Once you are in the general settings, look for enable screenshots and move the toggle until it turns green.
  4. Now to take a screenshot in watchOS 3, press and hold the side button of the watch.
  5. While pressing the above-mentioned button, quickly press the the digital crown and release it.

And that’s it; you have now enabled and taken your first screenshot with watchOS 3. However, there’s a way in which you can make your screenshots even better.

longscreen ios app alters watchOS 3 screenshots to make them better
Image Source: iTunes/Apple

How to make watchOS 3 screenshots look better

Due to the Apple Watch’s size and its screen resolution, the screenshots aren’t the best. So if you’re in need of a better way, take a look at the LongScreen app on the App Store. It is an excellent way to give your watchOS 3 screenshots a new lease on life, and it is just priced at $2.99.

Here’s how to use the app once you have it:

  1. As always you need to start by launching the app.
  2. When it’s loaded up, look in the upper-left corner for the Filter Button and select the type of Apple Watch you have.
  3. Now select up to two screenshots. These can be grouped together horizontally or vertically by using the onscreen options.
  4. Next, tap the merge button, which can be found in the top-right corner of the screen.
  5. Select the Magic Wand button, which you’ll find at the bottom of the screen.
  6. Enable the Rounded Corner Switch.
  7. Finally, tap share, which can be found at the bottom-left corner, to export or save your screenshot.

And that’s it; you can now create a screenshot in watchOS 3 and significantly improve upon it with the LongScreen app.

Do you have any watchOS 3 tips you’d like to share? Please share them in the comments section below.