Taking Android Wear Screenshots

The Lollipop release of Android Wear finally enabled users to take screenshots from their Android Wear devices. Sadly, it doesn’t appear to work correctly (yet) for owners of the LG G Watch R and, for everyone else, it’s still a little buggy. Here’s what you do.

First of all, you have to activate Developer Mode on your watch. On your phone, head to Settings -> About phone and repeatedly click on the Build Number – after a few touches it will unlock the Developer Options within the Settings menu.

Once this has done, head to the Android Wear app and you’ll find a new menu option named “Take wearable screenshot” (see right). Click on this and a screenshot will be taken and downloaded from your watch to your phone – you’ll get a message to tell you that it’s been received. Click on the message to share it. This is where the first bug rears its head – the file has no extension. For this reason some apps don’t seem to like sharing it – Microsoft OneDrive, for instance, doesn’t. However, saving it to Google Drive does work. Simply rename is to a .PNG extension to view it as normal.

The image below I took from my LG G Watch R and you can see the issue with this phone – some tearing of the image in the top right. This is pretty standard at the moment, but hopefully a fix will be forthcoming.

Android Wear Screenshot

 

Posted by David Artiss

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