When I travel, nothing beats the World Watch watchface for Pebble. Monochrome though it may be, no other face I’ve tried lays out so clearly the local times at my stopover, destination and back home.
Grabbing a screen from my Pebble, however, is needlessly complicated. So much so that I thought I’d post a quick guide so that other smartwatch users can share their favourite watchfaces as well. If you wear a Fitbit you can stop reading here. 😛
To grab a screen from any Pebble you must first connect your phone to your home network—that is, enable WiFi. In your phone’s Pebble app enable “Developer Mode” in the settings, then enable “Developer Connection”.
To avoid having to download and use the Pebble SDK you can instead use CloudPebble—basically an IDE in your desktop web browser. Connect to it using your Pebble login credentials, create a new project (call it whatever you want) and click on “Compilation” in the left sidebar. You’ll then be presented with the option to grab your Pebble’s screen.
Because the 144 x 168 pixel image is fairly tiny, I superimposed it onto a Pebble Time Steel Silver frame; you can download a complete gallery of Pebble frames here.
Grabbing a screen from an Android Wear device used to require adb tools on a desktop computer, but now it’s as easy as these three steps:
- Launch the Android Wear app on your phone
- Tap on the three-dot menu button in the top-right corner
- Select “Take wearable screenshot”
Grabbing a screen from an Apple Watch requires the invocation of a two-finger salute:
Press and hold the side button on your Apple Watch, then immediately press and release the Digital Crown. After you take a screenshot, you can find it in the Photos app on your iPhone.
Source: Apple Support
So now that you’ve got the know-how, let’s see those watchfaces!
I’ll be checking the forums from my Samsung Note 5 while away and, jetlag permitting, should be back to my usual posting schedule on Wednesday, April 27th.