Screenshots are a popular action that most people take and nobody talks about it. You may want to capture a moment in a conversation or a funny tweet. Some apps, like Snapchat, even let other users know when you screen shot their posts. Most people use buttons for screenshots and that’s fine. However, there are a variety of other ways to take screenshots as well. Let’s take a look at the best screenshot apps for Android and some other methods too!
Screenshot with your phone’s buttons
All Android devices have a native screenshot function. It usually includes holding down a couple of your hardware keys at the same time. It then captures the screenshot and you do with it as you please. The button combinations change from device to device. However, most of them use some amalgamation of volume down and your power button. Simply press both at the time and it captures the screen. Older Samsung devices use the home button as part of that combo, making it much more difficult. There are literally thousands of Android devices and we can’t list them all here. If volume down (or down) and power (plus home, on old Samsung devices) isn’t working, you may need to Google Search your individual device’s key combination.
OEM customization is often panned by critics. However, there are some unique and fun little tricks in a lot of them. That includes some neat screenshot tricks. These vary by OEM and are difficult to list in a single spot. Some devices include a three-finger swipe to screenshot (OnePlus and MIUI devices, especially). Most modern Samsung devices have a function to swipe your palm across the screen to take a screenshot. Some OEMs, like LG, have a screenshot function available in the Quick Settings menu as well. Most of these are available in your device’s settings menu. We recommend digging around to see what you can find. Often, these methods are unobtrusive and relatively simple.
Screenshot with Android itself
Android P is introducing a lot of changes to the OS. One of them is native screen capturing as part of the power menu. You simply long press the power button as though you’re turning off the device. Taking a screenshot should be an option along with shut down and restart. Unfortunately, this method is only available as a part of Android P and most devices don’t have that yet. However, there are some devices (like the Samsung Galaxy Note series) that include similar functionality in their OEM customized software.
Screenshot with ADB (if you want to)
We don’t actually recommend doing things this way because it’s extremely tedious and bothersome. However, some people like the hard way and this is about as hard as it gets for screenshots. You have to follow the basic procedures for making ADB work on your computer with your device. You can find the requisite files for that here. Once your device works with ADB (and fastboot), the command is fairly simple:
adb exec -out screecap -p > screen.png
This saves a screenshot from your device directly to your computer. Or at least it should. It worked for us, although there are several other methods as well that produce similar results. Those looking to screen grab stuff on their phone. Well, we recommend one of the earlier methods.
If we missed any great screenshot apps or other screenshot methods, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest Android app and game lists!