There are times when you really need to share what’s on your Android device’s screen. At such moments, you’ll need screenshots, which are nothing more than snapshots of whatever is currently showing on your screen. App developers take lots of screenshots to document their apps. Writers take screenshots to complement their online articles. Some gamers take screenshots of their game sessions. There are various reasons for needing Android screenshots.
The good news is that taking Android screenshots is a very easy task. You can do it blindfolded. Do you know how? In this guide we show you how to take a screenshot in Android.
The standard way to take an Android screenshot
Capturing a screenshot usually involves pressing two buttons on your Android device — either the volume down key and the power button, or the home and power buttons.
When the right button combo is pressed, your device’s screen will flash, usually accompanied by a camera shutter sound. Sometimes, a pop-up message or notification alert appears, suggesting that the screenshot has been made.
At other times, you can find a screenshot option on the power menu. Just long press the power button, wait for the menu to appear, and select Take screenshot to capture a screenshot of the current screen. This can be a useful method, especially when pressing combos of physical buttons is difficult.
Android device manufacturers often include extra and unique ways of taking screenshots on your device. For instance, you can take a screenshot on the Galaxy Note series using the S Pen. In most high-end Samsung phones, you can take a screenshot by swiping the screen with the side of your palm. There are alternate ways to capture screenshots, and those may or may not be mentioned in this guide.
Important Note: The procedures described in this post are for stock software. Procedures for capturing screenshots under custom ROMs may be different.
Taking screenshots on Android — Samsung devices
Devices with a physical home button
For Samsung phones with a physical home button, you can use the home + power button combo to take screenshots.
Just press the two buttons simultaneously until the sides of the screen flash and you hear the camera shutter sound. You will also get a notification confirming that the screenshot has been captured.
Devices without a physical home button
Rocking the Galaxy S8 or another (generally tablet) device from Samsung that doesn’t have a physical home key? In this case, the button combo is volume down and power, as usual with other devices. Hold down both buttons until your device takes a screenshot.
Certain tablets also have a quick launch button that can be set to capture screenshots.
Smartphones with Bixby digital assistant
If you own a more recent Samsung Galaxy flagship phone, such as the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy Note 9, you have the Bixby digital assistant pre-installed. It can be used to take a screenshot just with your voice command. All you have to do is go to the screen where you want to take the screenshot and, if you have it configured correctly, simply say “Hey Bixby”. When the assistant starts working, just say “Take a screenshot”, and it will do so. You can see the saved shot in your phone’s Gallery app.
If you don’t have your Samsung phone configured to recognize the “Hey Bixby” command, just press and hold on the dedicated Bixby button on the side of the phone, and then say, “Take a screenshot” to finish the process.
On Samsung devices that come with the S Pen (e.g., the Galaxy Note series), you can use the stylus itself to take a screenshot. Just pull out the S Pen and launch Air Command (if it’s not done automatically), then select Screen write. Usually, after the screenshot is captured, the image will be immediately opened for editing. Just remember to save the edited screenshot afterwards.
On some Samsung phones, there is yet another way to take a screenshot. Go to Settings, and then tap on Advanced Features. Scroll down to see a Palm Swipe To Capture option toggle, and if it is not on, tap on it to see a description and to turn it on. Then, if you want to take a screenshot with this method, simply place your hand vertically on either the right or left edge of the smartphone screen, and then swipe on the display. The screen should then flash, and you should see a notification stating that a screenshot has been taken of whatever has been showing on that screen. You can see the screenshot by tapping on the notification, or by going into your Gallery app.
Taking screenshots on HTC devices
On HTC devices, capturing a screenshot still involves the home and power buttons. If you are talking about a newer device like the HTC U11, you simply hold the power and volume button down at the same time — just like you would with most stock Android devices. If you have an older HTC, you might find this option doesn’t work, and instead you hold down the Power button first, then tap the capacitive home button quickly. The screen flashes, and you’ll hear audible feedback. You will also see a popup message confirming that your screenshot has been saved.
Taking screenshots on Sony devices
On Sony Xperia phones, the screenshot combo is volume down + power. Hold down both buttons at the same time until the screen flashes and the screenshot thumbnail appears on the screen. A notification also appears on the notification menu once the screenshot has been captured.
There’s an alternate method, too. You can also capture a screenshot through the power menu. Hold down the power button until a dialog appears. Tap on Take Screenshot to capture the screen underneath the dialog.
Taking screenshots on LG devices
On LG devices, the button combination is still volume down + power. Long-press these buttons at the same time until the screen flashes and you hear the capture tone. A notification also appears on the notification menu once the screenshot is captured.
You can also take a screenshot with Quick Memo, which can instantly capture and let you create doodles on your screenshots. Just toggle Quick Memo from the notification shade. Once enabled, the editing page will then appear. You can now write notes and doodles on the current screen. Tap the floppy disk icon to save your work.
As you can see, capturing an Android screenshot is easy. With screenshots, you can easily share what’s on your Android device with everyone. What Android device do you own? How do you capture screenshots on it? Share your screenshooting tales in the comments.