How to Take a Screenshot on Android Phone

Last Updated on

How to Take a Screenshot on Android
How to Take a Screenshot on Android

While using your smart Android device, you may sometimes feel the need to take a screenshot of the screen. You may want to share your high score in Temple Run 2 or Subway Surfer with your Facebook friends or you may want to discuss a particular App’s options on some online forum – for all these tasks, taking  a screenshot is a must. In this post we will show you How to Take a Screenshot on Android Phone in details.

By reading this article you will know ……….

  • What is a Screenshot?
  • How to Take a Screenshot on Android Phone?
  • Take a Screenshot by Using Google Assistant
  • Take a Screenshot by Using S Pen
  • Take a Screenshot by Gesture Palm-Swipe
  • Take a Screenshot by Screenshot Apps
  • Take a Screenshot by Using Manufacturer Shortcuts
  • Capture a Screenshot by Installing Android SDK

What is a Screenshot?

Screenshot is a picture that’s a duplicate copy of what’s playing on our display on a screen. It is called in many names such as screenshot, screen shot, screen capture, print screen, snapshot or screen dump. We take Screenshot when it is needed for us or shear to other. Screenshots can be captured by software or operating system as Android Operating System. After taking a screenshot it’s save automatically an image file like JPEG or GIF, and then we can edit it, print it or shears it to others.

How to Take a Screenshot on Android Phone?

So how to take a screenshot on android when you have latest version of android 9.0 or 4.0 up.

Actually it is quite simple if you are having the Android latest version (Android 9 Pie, Android 8 Oreo) or above (4.1 Jellybean or Kitkat) in your device.

how to take a screenshot on android phone
how to take a screenshot on android phone

What you need to do for taking a screenshot is to simultaneously press the volume down button and Power button of your Android Device for 1-2 seconds. See below how to take a screenshot easily:

  • Fast open your phone
  • Then go to the screen you want to take screenshot
  • Now press Volume down + Power button simultaneously for 1-2 seconds
  • In the same time a notification icon will appear on top to confirming that the screenshot has been taken
  • Then you can edit screenshot as you like
  • Now save and shear it

When you press these buttons together, you will hear a shutter sound (similar to the one we hear while taking a picture from Camera) and a screenshot notification icon at the top of the screen will appear confirming that the screenshot has been taken.

how you can take a screenshot on android phone
how you can take a screenshot on android phone

That’s how you can take a screenshot on android phone. Well that’s the common method to take a screenshot on android but not all Android phone works that way. Some android have extra features to take a screenshot and some are have gesture to do it.

Don’t worry we will teach all about how you will take a screenshot on any android phone by yourself fast and easy.

Take a Screenshot by Using Google Assistant

Google Assistant is a very handy tool to get things done. It will do a lot of things for you. Just ask Google Assistant to take a screenshot and see the rest. Well you have to configure Google Assistant for assisted you. See bellow how to take a screenshot by using Google Assistant:

how to take a screenshot Google Assistant
how to take a screenshot Google Assistant
  • Fast Say “Ok Google” or press the home button 1-2 seconds to launch Google Assistant
  • Then the Assistant will appear
  • When the Assistant appears say command like “Take a Screenshot”.
  • And it will take a screenshot of the screen that was displayed before
  • Now save it and shear it to others
  • And Done

Take a Screenshot by Using S Pen

Taking a screenshot by ‘S Pen’ is quite comfortable and easy. But the technique is only available on devices with an S Pen. Like Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and others with S Pen. How to take a screenshot by using S Pen:

How to take a screenshot by using S Pen
How to take a screenshot by using S Pen
  • Fast open Air Command menu
  • Now select Screen from Air Command option to “take a screenshot
  • Then you can write notes to image
  • Also there are many options to edit screenshot
  • Then Crop the screenshot if you want
  • And now we’re done taking a screenshot
  • Last share or Save the screenshot

Take a Screenshot by Gesture Palm-Swipe

Palm Swipe Gesture is another unique way to take a screenshot on Android. Though, not all Android support that but some are very good at it. Fast you have to enable it to capture a Screenshot.

Take a screenshot by Swipe Gesture
Take a screenshot by Swipe Gesture
  • Open your phone
  • Go to settings
  • Then go to Advanced Features
  • Now select “palm swipe to capture”
  • And now open the screen you want to capture a Screenshot
  • Then place your hand from one side to another side
  • Your Screenshot will be taken
  • Now you can edit and shear it anytime you want.

Well, you can find your taken screenshot by pressing on the notification or go to gallery on your android phone.

Take a Screenshot by Screenshot Apps

Screenshot Apps are given us extra ability to take Screenshot on Android. It makes screenshot more easy and customizable. Now you can do many more with your screenshots.

Here are the top 3 Best Screenshot Apps for Android, were going to talk about:-

Screenshot Touch

Screenshot Apps for Android
Screenshot Apps for Android

Screenshot Touch has the ability to take a screenshot with scrolling that is the best part of this app. So, you can grape everything at once. Everything you want is in one screenshot app for Android. The app has so many editing options.

The screenshot can save in both formats JPEG or PNG. You can resize the images using Image Quality option also can change shape, color and resolution. One of good news is screenshot can be captured by shaking. This is one of the best Screenshot apps for Android in Google Play Store.

Screenshot Easy

best screenshot apps for android
best screenshot apps for android

Screenshot Easy is really easy and with many editing options. You can take a Screenshot using widget or by extra button in the notification bar. You also can shake your phone to take a Screenshot.

After taking a Screenshot you can crop, edit, add some colors and convert into ZIP file. You can also save the Screenshot JPG or PNG format. One of the important part of this apps is you can take a Screenshot by scrolling.

Super Screenshot

screenshot app for android no root
screenshot app for android no root

Super Screenshot as the name its dose the same. It is one of the best Screenshot apps to take Screenshot easy and quick. It is totally add free and free to use.

Super Screenshot apps have some good feature like Crop Screenshot before save in the memory. Add notes to the Screenshot, resize the capture Screenshot more editing option that you need to edit a Screenshot properly.

Apart from the above three, there have been many other Apps available in the Google Play Store which will help you take a screenshot. Just go to the Play store and spend some time searching there.

Take a Screenshot by Using Manufacturer Shortcuts

We all know how to take a Screenshot on android and that is “Press volume down + Power button simultaneously for 1-2 seconds” well that is the common method but not all the android works that way. Some Android have work on extra way to do this like ‘S Pen’ and thaydon’t need any apps to take a Screenshot. Because thay have Manufacturer Shortcuts like Huawei P20 Pro / P20 Lite have three-finger screenshot gesture.

how to take a Screenshot on android by Shortcuts
how to take a Screenshot on android by Shortcuts

See bellow some of the Brands phone and various ways to take screenshot:

Google phones

Nexus: Press Power button + volume down buttons for 1-2 seconds.

Pixels: Press Power button + volume down buttons for 1-2 seconds.

Samsung phones

Galaxy S8 and later: Press Power button + volume down buttons for 1-2 seconds.

Galaxy S7 and earlier: Press Home + power buttons for 1-2 seconds.

Sony phones

Press Power button + volume down buttons for 1-2 seconds.

Press the power Button until a screen appears then tap Take screenshot.

Huawei phones

Press Power button + volume down buttons for 1-2 seconds.

Pull down notification panel then switch to Shortcuts and press Screenshot icon.

HTC phones

HTC 10: Press Power button + volume down buttons for 1-2 seconds.

All other HTC: Press Power button + volume down buttons for 1-2 seconds.

Honor phones

Press Power button + volume down buttons for 1-2 seconds.

Pull down notification panel then switch to Shortcuts and press Screenshot icon.

Acer phones

Press Power button + volume down buttons for 1-2 seconds.

Pull down the notification panel to reach quick settings and Press the Screenshot icon.

Asus phones

Press Power button + volume down buttons for 1-2 seconds.

Motorola phones

Press Power button + volume down buttons for 1-2 seconds.

LG phones

Press Power button + volume down buttons for 1-2 seconds.

Capture a Screenshot by Installing Android SDK

Well, if you are using an older version of Android which does not support the above mentioned method, then you need to take a different approach.  This method involves downloading and installing a screenshot app in your device.

Taking screenshot through Android SDK
Taking screenshot through Android SDK

The prime method explained here is the one which is used by Android Apps developers – the method of installing Android SDK (Software Development Kit) in the computer and taking screenshot through it.

So that concludes this article. I hope that after using any of the above mentioned method, you will be able to take a screenshot from your Android Device no matter which version of Android it is running and whether it is rooted or not.

If you have question or any suggestion about “How to Take a Screenshot on Android Phone” please let us know a comment.

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *