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How to take a screenshot on Wear OS smartwatches

Whether you own a Pixel Watch, an older TicWatch, or the latest Fossil, here's how to capture your watch's screen.
October 31, 2022

It’s important to know how to capture your screen on any device. You probably know how to screengrab on your phone and computer, but do you know how to snag it on Wear OS? Google’s wearable OS has changed substantially in recent years. Find out how to capture a screenshot on Wear OS below.


On Wear OS 3, press and hold your smartwatch's two buttons to capture a screenshot. On Wear OS 2, use the Take screenshot of watch option on your phone's Wear OS app.


How to capture a screenshot on Wear OS

Wear OS 3 watches

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 4 side by side
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Galaxy Watch 5 (left) with Galaxy Watch 4

Taking screenshots on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, Galaxy Watch 4, and Google Pixel Watch is a piece of cake. If you own these devices or any recently-upgraded Wear OS 3 devices, follow the steps below.

  • Find the screen you want to capture on your smartwatch.
  • Press your watch’s two buttons simultaneously. This may include the home button, back button, or crown.
  • Let go of the two buttons.
  • The screenshot is now saved to your phone in the Watch folder.

Wear OS 2 watches

fossil gen 5 smartwatch garrett 1

For Wear OS 2 devices, taking a screenshot cannot be done directly from the smartwatch itself. Instead, you have to rely on your phone.

  • Open the Wear OS app on your phone.
  • Find the screen you want to capture on your smartwatch.
  • Tap the three-dot menu button at the top-right corner of the Wear OS app, then tap Take screenshot of watch.
  • A notification should appear on your phone. Tap the notification to view the screenshot on your phone or share it with a contact or service.

See also: The best Wear OS smartwatches you can buy


No. There’s no native way to record a video of your Wear OS watch’s screen.

Wear OS 2 screenshots capture the display as if it were square. This is by design and isn’t an issue with your device.