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How to take a screenshot on Google Pixel 6a

Taking a screenshot on the Pixel 6a is easy. Here's how.

Published onAugust 29, 2022

A picture says more than a thousand words, and sometimes you just want to show people what’s on your screen. If you’re trying to take a screenshot on a Google Pixel 6a, there are multiple ways to do so. Let’s go over them.


The simplest way to take a screenshot on the Google Pixel 6a is to press the Power and Volume Down buttons simultaneously.


How to take a screenshot on the Pixel 6a using the physical buttons

This is the simplest and most universal way to take a screenshot. It works on nearly every Android phone, and the same applies to the Google Pixel 6a.

  1. Navigate to the screen you want to capture.
  2. Press and hold the Power and Volume Down keys.
  3. Let go of the buttons once you see the screen flash.
  4. You’ve taken a screenshot!

Double tapping the back of the phone

google pixel 6a back in hand outdoors
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You can double-tap on the back of the phone to take a screenshot. This not only makes the process simpler, but much funner. This feature is part of the Quick Tap functionality, though. It needs to be enabled and set up first.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go into System.
  3. Hit Gestures.
  4. Select Quick Tap to start actions.
  5. Toggle Use Quick Tap on.
  6. Select Take screenshot.
  7. Navigate to the screen you want to capture.
  8. Double-tap on the back of your Pixel 6a with a finger.
  9. Your phone will take a screenshot.

Use Gooogle Assistant

Google Assistant stock photo 1
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Google Assistant can always help! Especially if you want to take a screenshot of your phone’s display without using your hands.

  1. Navigate to the screen you want to capture.
  2. Activate Google Assistant by saying, “Hey, Google,” or “OK, Google.”
  3. Say, “Take a screenshot.”
  4. Your phone will take a screenshot.

Recent Apps shortcut

Have you used the Recent Apps feature lately? You may recall seeing a small button at the bottom that reads “Screenshot.” The wording is self-explanatory!

  1. Navigate to the screen you want to capture.
  2. Drag your finger from the bottom of the screen up.
  3. When the Recent Apps menu shows up, press the Screenshot button.
  4. Your phone will take a screenshot.

Take a scrolling screenshot

Android 12 Scrolling Screenshot
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Do you want to screenshot more than what a single page displays? You can actually take long screenshots and show more than what the screen allows you to see at once.

  1. Navigate to the screen you want to capture.
  2. Take a screenshot.
  3. Select Capture more.
  4. Drag the screenshot borders as you wish.
  5. Hit Save.

Where are my screenshots stored?

You can find all screenshots within Google Photos once you’ve captured or edited them.

  1. Open Google Photos.
  2. Go into Library in the bottom right corner.
  3. Find the Screenshots folder below the Photos on device section.

Next: The best apps for taking screenshots


Unless you’re using the Scrolling Screenshot feature, screenshots will always be the same size as your screen resolution. In the case of the Pixel 6a, that would be 1,080 x 2,400.

These will usually show up in the Screenshots section of your Google Photos library. You can also go to the Files app and find them in Images > Screenshots.

Yes, you can take scrolling screenshots on your Google Pixel 6a. Just take a screenshot, select Capture more, drag the borders, and hit Save.

Screenshots are just images, so you can edit them just as you would any other photo.

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