Samsung has been around since the very first wave of smartwatches, so it’s fair to say they’re a real veteran who knows what they’re doing. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 line is the culmination of some very impressive technology, and that also applies to its predecessors, like the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 3. From humble beginnings, Samsung’s watches can now read your Spotify tracks, track a huge range of activities, and even measure your body composition.
But did you know that they can also take screenshots? So if you’ve spotted something on your watch – maybe a message that’s been amusingly truncated by the small screen or your current favorite song – you can quickly take a screenshot of it and share it with your friends. . Better yet, you can do this on the new Galaxy Watch line using Wear OS or older smartwatches running Tizen. Here’s how.
How to take a screenshot on your Galaxy Watch 4 or newer
Taking a screenshot on the Galaxy Watch 4 or Watch 5 is super easy and just involves pressing two buttons. Here’s how.
Step 1: Head to the screen you want to capture.
2nd step: press the House + Side keys at the same time.
How to take a screenshot on your Galaxy Watch 3 or another Tizen-based Samsung smartwatch
Galaxy Watches before the Galaxy Watch 4 ran Samsung’s homebrew operating system, Tizen. Therefore, you’ll do something slightly different if you’re taking a screenshot on a Galaxy Watch 3 or earlier. However, it should be just as easy to execute.
Step 1: Navigate to the screen of which you want to take a screenshot.
2nd step: hold it House button and swipe from left to right.
Where to find your screenshots
You’ll of course need to find your screenshots after taking them, and you’ll find them all in one place, regardless of your watch’s operating system. Just open your watch app list and choose your Gallery application.
It’s a bit trickier if you want the screenshot on your smartphone, and the methods differ depending on the smartwatch you’re using.
Using Galaxy Watch 4 or newer
If you’re signed in to Google on your Galaxy Watch, your screenshots should automatically upload to your Google Photos account, under the look album. Otherwise, you can open your Gallery on your watch, open the image you want to send to your phone, long-press it, then tap Send to phone. You can then find it in look phone folder Gallery application.
Using Galaxy Watch 3 or earlier
If you’re using a Galaxy Watch 3 or older device that uses Samsung’s Tizen OS, then you’ll need to manually send the images to your phone. As in the example above, head to your watch Gallery app, select the image you want to send, long press it and select Send to phone. It will then be found in your phone’s Gallery app.
Why can’t I take a screenshot in some apps?
There are some apps that you won’t be able to take a screenshot of. For example, not every money app you have will likely allow screenshots. It’s not to annoy you – it’s done to prevent sensitive data from being stolen from your smartwatch. You might think that’s a bit silly since it’s your data you want to take a screenshot of, but remember that the smartwatch can’t really check the difference between you and malware that wants to steal your data. . So it’s easier to lock screenshots for some apps.
Of course, in other examples it’s to protect copyright and it’s done in a different way. This is less likely to happen on a smartwatch, but on phones you often can’t screenshot on the Netflix app – the image will just appear black.