One of the best features of our smartphones is the ability to take a screenshot, making it easier to share what’s on our screen, be it game scores, themes, benchmark test results, and more. Fortunately, it’s also very easy to take screenshots on our handheld devices. Today, we’ll take a look at how to take a screenshot on the Sony Xperia Z1.
A common method that works with most smartphones, and also applies to the Sony Xperia Z1, is using the power button and volume rocker. All you need to do is press and hold the the power button and volume down button at the same time, for a few seconds, until you hear the camera shutter sound and see the screen flash. In the Xperia Z1, the power button is the round one on the right side of the device, with the volume rocker on the same side. You will see a “saving screenshot” notification at the top of your screen, and can access the image from the notification menu, or in the “screenshots” folder in the gallery. While this method definitely works, keep in mind that the timing has to be precise, and it might take a few tries to get it right.
The second method to taking a screenshot on the Xperia Z1 takes a little longer, utilizes the built-in software, and allows you to modify the end result. From within the Recent Apps window, you will be able to access a number of Small Apps, which are basically small overlays made for quick multitasking. Hit the Recent Apps button and then on the left you will see an arrow showing all of the available Small Apps.
The Active Clip will bring up a small window made up of basically just a self-explanatory button: “Capture.” Pressing that will take a screenshot and the resulting image will be shown in a small editor that allows you to crop, modify, and even directly share the image straight from the application. Of course, if all you wanted was to make a straight screenshot, hitting the check mark on the top left will save it straight away.
While all of the screenshots from the Active Clip will be made available easily from within the Album app, they will be located within the folder called “Clipper,” found in the Pictures directory of the internal storage.