After the smartphones, it is smartwatch’s turn to get a taste of Google’s latest operating system, the Android Lollipop 5.0. Many Android Wear smartwatches have already got the update while the rest are on their way to get it. The new update has brought many new features to the devices that have already received it like new screen brightness options and sound profile options. Another thing it has brought with it is the ease of taking screenshots on your Android Wear smartwatch. Taking screenshots on your smartwatch before the Lollipop update was a very complicated task which required you to have a computer, Android SDK installed and some other things but you dont need to do this anymore if your device has received the Lollipop update. So here’s the tutorial on how to take screenshots on your Android Wear smartwatch running the Android Lollipop 5.0:
The first step you need to follow to do this is to enable Developer Options on the smartphone the smartwatch is paired with. If you haven’t already done that, you can do that by going into Settings and scrolling down to the About option. Clicking on the About option will take you to a new menu where you will see options like the Build Number of your smartphone and the Android Version it is running. Click repeatedly on the Build Number about 7-9 times and a notification will pop up telling you that the Developer Options have been activated.
Launch the Android Wear app installed on your smartphone. This will open the Android Wear app that you use to control the Android Wear based smartwatch from your smartphone or your tablet.
After the Android Wear app has successfully launched on your smartphone, click on the three dots in a vertical line in the top right corner of the app.
A menu will pop down from above where you will see various options like Connect to a new wearable and many others. Also in the list is the option to take a screenshot on the Android Wear based smartwatch connected with the smartphone name as Take wearable screenshot. Click on this option.
Within a few seconds of clicking on the option, you will see a notification popping up on your smartphone that the screenshot has been successfully captured.
You can then decide whether to share the screenshot or simply store it in your smartphone or your tablet. But be careful not to just swipe away the screenshot notification. We say so because Google has not yet provided for the screenshot to be automatically saved in your smartphone. So be reminded to click on the screenshot and choose a location to save it if you want to store it.
This new method might have a flaw but this method is certainly better, easier and less time consuming than the previous method and also does not require you to sit down with a computer to take a screenshot. Don’t you think so? Leave your views in the comments below and stay tuned for more updates.