How To Take A Screenshot On Android Wear

In this tutorial you will learn how to take a screenshot of Android Wear in a simple and easy way.




Today I am finally starting a series of articles and tutorials wholly devoted to Android Wear devices. You  are finally going to make the most of your smartwatches!

Before I can start preparing any tutorials of this topic I need to know how to take screenshots of my Android Wear device so that I can show you want I am talking about. That’s why in the first tutorial of the Android Wear series you will learn how to take a screenshot of your smartwatch (it is a bit different than how you take a screenshot of your Android phone or tablet).

Prepare your Android Wear smartwatch and your phone. Let’s get started.

Requirements

Just like with the first Android phones, taking screenshots with the first models (and now older models) of smartwatches was very difficult or almost impossible to do.

Fortunately, it has changed and now you can easily take screenshots of your Android Wear smartwatch with the use of your phone. Here is what you need to be able to do that:

  • Your watch with the latest version of Android Wear (Lollipop). To make sure that your watch is up to date go to Settings > About > System updates. If your watch is up to date, you will see the notification like the one below.
    How to take a screenshot of Android Wear smartwatch
  • You need to have the latest version of the Android Wear app running on your Android phone.
    How to take a screenshot of Android Wear smartwatch

That’s about everything you need to take screenshots of your Android wear device. Let’s go into more details how you actually do it.




How to Take Screenshots on Android Wear

Once you have met the above two requirements you can now start sharing your watch faces with your friends (and more). Here is how you do it:

  1. Enable developer options in your Android phone (the one you connect to your watch). All you need to do is go to Settings > About and tap seven times on the Build number. Your phone will notify you when you become its developer.
    developer-options-in-sony-androidHere is a more detailed tutorial of how to enable developer options in Android.
  2. Pair your Android phone with your smartwatch by simply turning Bluetooth on (if you have already paired these two devices).
  3. Open the Android Wear app, click on the three dots in the right corner and when a dropdown menu appears choose Take wearable screenshot.
    How to take screenshots on Android Wear
  4. You will see the notification saying that the screenshot request has been sent.
    How to take screenshots on Android Wear
  5. Swipe down from the top of the screen to access notifications. You will see “Wearable screenshot finished”.
    How to take screenshots on Android Wear
  6. All you need to do now is tap on your newly-taken screenshot and choose how you want to send it.
  7. Unfortunately, wearable screenshots are not saved in gallery like the screenshots of your Android phone or tablet. That’s why you need to choose how to send it (and actually) send each screenshot you want to save right away. The easiest way is to send it via e-mail because all wearable screenshots are named screen.png and you may overwrite them if you upload them to some cloud service like Dropbox.
    How to take screenshots on Android Wear Once you send all of the screenshots to your mailbox, they will not be overwritten upon downloading to your desktop computer but simply downloaded as screen(2).png, screen(3).png and so on.



Why Take Screenshots of Android Wear?

You may wonder why on earth you should be interested in taking screenshots of your smartwatch. There are actually tons of possible uses and reasons.

For me this feature is essential because I create Android tutorials for you and I need to show you the stuff I am taking about every step of the way.

A regular Android Wear user, however,  might want to take a screenshot simply to show the current screen of his watch to his friend (or to show new and beautiful watch faces he got).

How to take screenshots on Android Wear

This would explain why wearable screenshots are not automatically saved but ready to be sent just after taking them.

How about you? Did you manage to take a screenshot of your Android Wear device? Did you encounter any problems? Feel free to leave me your comments in the comment box below or contact me directly. I would love to hear from you.

If you are pressed for time, you can see the “condensed” version of this post in the form of a video:

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  1. Julia Thompson 2 February 2016
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