How to take a screenshot on the HTC One (M8)

by: Derek ScottMay 14, 2014

HTC One (M8) Screenshot

If you happen to be one of the lucky few to own one of the most popular Android phones of 2014, the HTC One (M8), congrats, great purchase. Now sometimes you may find yourself wanting to save a picture, webpage or message that is on the screen, no problem, we have the solution.

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In this article we are going to show you 2 easy to apply methods that will enable you to capture the screen of your HTC One (M8).

Method #1 – Hold the power & Volume Button Down

Hold the power power button and volume down button at the exact same time. This method is the most common method on Android and is used for most of the most popular Android phones. It might take a little practice and you may just see your volume going down, no problem, try again and try to press the buttons at the exact same time. You can find your screenshot in the notification and in your gallery.

How to take a screenshot HTC One (M8)

Method #2 – Hold the power & tap the home button.

The 2nd method might be easier for you to perform, it’s quite simple, you hold down the power button for a couple seconds and then you press the home button. Make sure you don’t hold down the Power button for too long, or else you will see the Power dialog.

The difference of the 2nd method from the 1st method is that it has a different flash animation and a slightly different shutter tone. Also, a message indicating a successful screenshot will appear at the bottom of the screen. This 2nd method, doesn’t allow you to view your new screenshot on the notification menu. You will have to view your screenshot directly in the Screenshot album in the Gallery app.

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If you are prefer video tutorials, have a look at our video of how to take a screenshot with the HTC One, which is the same as the HTC  One (M8)

So how was it? Were you able to capture the screenshot? Any tips and tricks that you’d like to share with other users? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Mr Mop

    So the M8 got capacitive buttons?

    • Dmitry_N

      This seems to me the M9

  • wow,such extensive coverage of One(M8) guess,you changed from Galaxy authority to One authority

  • Caspy7

    This is a poor copy and paste guys. Method 2 does not even work or exist on the M8.

    • Paragon

      Actually, it does…

      • Romel

        Having a M8 myself, I can confirm that method 2 does work.

        • John C

          For mine , method 1 did not work. I was getting fired up with every site saying that is the only way to do it. Thanks for posting method 2, for me it was the only way that works… Very strange….

          • brad

            Both methods work on my m8 you lot should get your phones checked out

          • mike rotch

            Method 1 works on my m8 like it should on any other. How long did you hold down both buttons? Ive seen a few friends with this phone try it and thought it didn’t work until they held the buttons down for a bit longer. Not releasing them immediately. Hope thats your problem.

          • sp1998

            Thank you so much! This helped!

    • new2htc

      I just used it. It just worked, without any problem.

    • Stu Polley

      #2 works for me every time…

  • Rohit

    Its not an alternative for the HTC One M7
    Just a copy replica I found v

  • Aly whosane

    Works great

  • Krikker

    Are you kidding me? Plead help me out here. Neither of these work for me. Seriously what do I need to do to take a freak in screenshot? Yes I have an M8, at least that’s what it says in my about screen

    • Wpg Chick

      @ Krikker, I found I had to do method number one a few times: try holding both buttons down simultaneously a bit longer than you have been – then it will take the screenshot.
      For the 2nd method, I had to take a guess – so in case you don’t know either, the “home” button is the one shaped like a house or a block arrow pointing up, found just above the “HTC” letters, which in turn are just above the bottom speaker. Hope this helps! :)

    • Works perfect, both methods.. I’d say number 2 is the easiest.. If you do it in a quick 1 – 2 fashion, like you were counting 1 – 2 when you are walking (1 – power 2 – home). It doesn’t actually require the holding down of the power button for long, not even 1 second and the home button press is literally just a tap.

  • this chick

    They both work. Not sure why anyone has an issue

  • Tommy

    Overall, the HTC One (M8) is a wonderful reinvention of the 2013 handset we liked so much. There’s innovation, refinement and new features aplenty that make it a shining example of a flagship device. The bar has been set high with what will be one tough act to follow. And if you have decided to become a proud owner of this device, perhaps you’re in the market for a solid and beautiful protection case as well.

  • katt

    Method 1 didnt work for me either.

  • Yelena

    this is very helpful, thanks!

  • Dave

    YEp.. both methods work on M8

  • htcuser

    On my m8, its actually the power button and the volume up button being pressed at the same time to screenshot. Not the power and volume down button.

  • M8y

    Its working fine with both options …

  • Josh

    Thanks! Knew about method one and was hoping there was a better one. Method two is what I needed!!

  • emarnyc

    Second method worked perfectly on my M8. First one I can’t seem to time it right. Always get the volume going up or down.

  • jack

    Having just bought the newest version, method one did not work but when trying method two I got a message saying power button and VOLUME UP simultaneously.

  • Jess McKnight

    Thank you! I had trouble with the volume one at first, which is the only one listed in the user guide. Wasn’t pressing at the same time and then when I did, had to hold for a sec or two until I finally got the cap. I agree method 2 is easier, but I think I’ve now mastered them both!

  • Usman Javid

    method 2 works

  • reese

    I Have the HTC one m8 and i like the second method better. Thanks for this!

  • ephobia

    Method #3 – Tap the SCREENSHOT icon in Quick Settings

    There is a third method to take a screenshot, though it may be more cumbersome if you want to take a screenshot within some apps as it involves bringing down the Notification Panel to access the Quick Settings.

    Here’s what you need to do to set it up:

    S1. Access the Quick Settings panel. (If you are not familiar with it, here’s how: (i) Bring down the Notification Panel by touching the Notification Icons (top of any one of your homescreens) and dragging it down; (ii) At the top right corner, you will see a square-like icon that has five squares shaped like an “L” with a bigger square that has a gear symbol in it. This is where the Quick Settings are located. Tap the icon.)

    S2. You will need to edit the Quick Settings panel. Tap the Edit icon (it’s a rectangle with a pencil in it).

    S3. The Quick Settings panel will only allow you up to 12 settings to be visible for access. If you scroll down, you will see the hidden ones. Look for the one that says SCREENSHOT. Tap and hold the three lines to the right of it and drag it up above the HIDDEN ITEMS line and drop it anywhere there. (If you max out the number of settings, the last setting on the list will be pushed down to the hidden area.)

    S4. Tap on DONE.

    How to take a screenshot (where possible):

    1. Access the Quick Settings panel. (It’s the same way as in Step S1 above.)

    2. Tap on the SCREENSHOT icon.

    3. You will hear the shutter tone, a flash of your screenshot, then see a notification that your screenshot was saved.

    Note1: I discovered this when I recently bought my HTC M8 and updated it to Android 4.4.4. So I do not know if this was available prior to the latest update.

    Note2: I’ve done both of the first two methods successfully and Method 2 does exactly what Method 1 does (iow, the message doesn’t show at the bottom – it shows at the top). Again, I do not know if this was changed after the update.

    Hope Method #3 works better for you!

  • Limitnsqueakerz

    Volume down and power doesn’t work. Or I can’t get it to work. Would love a ss with menu bars covering crap up. Lol

  • Ankit Batra

    If you want capturing and/or editing capabilities, you can try apps like below in Google Play Store:

  • James

    what folder are screen shots saved to?