Take a Screenshot of Your Android Phone's Screen

For most of the Android devices & tablets, you save an image of your screen by clicking & keeping clicked the Volume-down button & the Power button together. Except for phones that are using an Android version which is older than 4.0 this works.

Screen-captures are photos of whatever is shown on the screen when you take the screen-shot. They’re especially helpful at the time you want to show technical support remotely what is happening with your smartphone. You can also utilize Android screen-shots as a wish-list when you see something while surfing that you would like to have or as a proof of threatening or phishing messages.

Press the Power & Volume-Down Button At the same time

Google launched a screen capture taking feature for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. If there is Android 4.0 or higher on your mobile or tablet, here is how to save an image of your screen on an Android device:

Please Note: The instructions below are applicable irrespective of who made (is the manufacturer of) your Android smartphone: Google Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, etc.

  1. Go to the screen you desire to record with the screen-shot.
  2. Press the Power button & the Volume-down button simultaneously. You may take some trial and error practice to learn and master the synchronous pressing.
  3. Keep both buttons pressed till the time you hear an audible click whiles’t the screen-shot is taken. If you didn’t press the buttons down till the time you hear the click, your mobile might switch off the screen or reduce the volume.
  4. Search for the screen-shot in your Image Gallery in the Screen-captures holder.

Use Your Smartphone’s In-built Shortcuts

Some smartphones have an existing screen-shot functionality. With quite a few Samsung phones, for example the Galaxy S3 & Galaxy Note, one can press the Power & Home buttons, hold down for a second & release whiles’t the screen flashes to save an image of your screen & save it on your Gallery. To understand if your mobile has a screen-shot tool, you should check the manual or initiate a Google search for “[name of phone] save an image of your screen.”

There may also be a ‘device specific’ application which can be downloaded to take screen-captures & also do more with those images of your screen. As an example, the Screen Capture Shortcut Free application will work with many Samsung phones. With the application, take captures after an interval or just by shaking your mobile. In case of other phones, search the Play Store (Google) for the brand name of your smartphone & “screen-shot,” “screen-capture,” or “screen capture.”

Download and Install an Application for Screen-captures

If you didn’t have Android 4.0 or higher on your mobile, & it will not have an existing screen-shot function, downloading an Android application can work. Numerous applications need rooting your Android smartphone, & some won’t.

The No Root Screenshot It application is an App that does not need your smartphone rooting, & it’ll allow you to take screen-captures utilizing a widget, annotate & edit the screen-captures, crop & forward them, & more. It costs $4.99, however, it should run on all phones.

Rooting grants you more control over your smartphone, allowing you to do additional things for example tether your mobile to work as a modulator for your computer without paying anything or give a third party application permission to take a screenshot of your Android phone’s screen.

If your smartphone is rooted, you can utilize many of the available apps which let you to take a screen-capture on a rooted Android smartphone. Screencap Root Screenshots is a free application, & AirDroid (Android 5.0+), which remotely manages your Android smartphone, also allows you to take screen-captures wire-lessly accessing your laptop’s internet browser.

Use the Android SDK

Take an Android screen-shot of most suited device by way of installing the Android SDK from Google on your laptop. The Android SDK is a software development kit normally used by developers to create & test Android apps, however, it is free to use for anyone.

If you want to use the Android SDK, you’ll require to use the Java SE Development Kit, Android SDK, & probably USB drivers for your smartphone (available on the manufacturer’s website). Then, you attach your mobile, execute the Dalvik Debug Monitor, which comes with the SDK, & click on Device > Screen Capture… in the Debug Monitor menu.

This of-course is an outdated method to take screen-captures, however, if no other method works or you already have the Android SDK setup anyway, it’s quite easy to use.

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