How to Stop Taking Screenshots on the Apple Watch

Screenshots on your iPhone are a useful way to share part of a text message conversation, give instructions on how to do something, or screencap a situation that you can see that someone else might find interesting or entertaining.

Many other electronic devices include the ability to take screenshots, such as your computer. But your Apple Watch can also take screenshots if a particular setting is activated in the Watch app on your iPhone.

But if you find that you are taking screenshots often when you don’t want to , then it might be time to disable that setting. Our tutorial below will show you where to find and change the screenshot setting for an Apple Watch.

How to Disable Screenshots on Apple Watch

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 12. The watch I am working with is an Apple watch 2 using WatchOS 5.0.1.

Once you complete this guide you will have turned off the option that lets you take screenshots on your Apple Watch by pressing the side button and the crown at the same time.

You can always come back to this in the future and re-enable it if you decide that you wish to start taking screenshots again.

Step 1: Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

how to stop taking screenshots on apple watch

Step 2: Choose the My Watch tab at the bottom-left corner of the screen.

my watch tab

Step 3: Scroll down and choose the General option.

how to turn off screenshots apple watch

Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of this menu and tap the button to the right of Enable Screenshots to turn it off. I have disabled screenshots on my Apple Watch in the picture below.

how to disable screenshots on apple watch

Now that you know how to stop taking screenshots on your Apple Watch you can prevent those images from appearing on your iPhone’s Camera Roll.

There may be some other settings on your watch that you would like to change as well. Find out how to disable Breathe reminders on the watch, if you find that you are dismissing them more than you are completing the breathing activity.

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