Android Wear 5.0.1 screenshots are broken with the G Watch R, but here’s how to capture decent images

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Taking a screenshot from your Android Wear smartwatch is so much easier now that Android Wear 5.0.1 is upon us. However, if you own a G Watch R, you may have noticed that things don’t work so well. The top right of each image is cutoff as you can see in the image above. The good news is that you can still capture decent images. They still won’t be perfect, but they will be damn close.

Note: If you’re not sure on how to capture screenshots from your Android Wear smartwatch, see our extensive guide.

The trick to capturing better images is to wait a little longer before tapping on Take Wearable Screenshot. I have found that if you initiate it just before the screen goes dim, you have a good shot at getting something worthwhile. You will have to play with it a bit, but what works for me is to count 8 seconds slowly and initiate it on the 8th second. There seems be a point in which the images start to get better, which might be around 7 seconds. You can see in the below images how it improves the longer you wait.

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Now if you wait too long, you will end up with a screenshot of the watch face itself.

The other thing I noticed when using this method is that the notification for the completion of the screenshot sometimes takes an extra few seconds to appear.

I am sure this will get straightened out with the next update, but until then, I hope this guide helped you.

Be sure to check out all our Android Wear guides for more tips and tricks.


About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.