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I have an Apple Watch series 6 running WatchOS 7.5. I used to be able to take screenshots by pressing the Digital Crown and side button simultaneously, but this no longer works.

In Settings > General > Screenshots, "Enable Screenshots" is enabled. However, when I press the Digital Crown and side button simultaneously, my watch doesn't take a screenshot. Instead it appears to register the press on the Digital Crown first (so for example, if I'm on the home screen it opens the App view), then the side button a moment later (i.e. shows the app switcher).

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This can happen if you have enabled a slower side button click speed in the watch's accessibility options.

Check in Settings > Accessibility > Side Button Click Speed

If your click speed it set to Slow or Slower, you'll see this behaviour.

You have two options to resolve it:

  1. Set Side Button Click Speed back to Default
  2. Leave Side Button Click Speed on its existing setting, but take a screenshot by pressing the side button first, then the Digital Crown a moment later. It takes a bit of practice to get the timing exactly right, but once you get it you'll find that this works.

(Reported to Apple as FB9356332)

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