Take a Screenshot on Android

How to Take a Screenshot on Android without Getting Technical


Type “Take screenshot on Android” into your Google search bar and you will be instantly overwhelmed. There are articles talking about tampering with the “root” of your device, while there are others that would want you to head over to Google Play Store and download a free app. And some experts confuse you with mentions of Android versions and the pre-user friendly screenshot days.


The answer to the chaos lies in the fact that there is no “right” way to capture the data on your screen for future reference where the Google powered Android OS is concerned.


Once Upon a Time:

Taking screenshots required you to get fancy. You had to install something known as a “Software Development Kit” or SDK that had the complete range of debugging and enhancement options a fledgling Android developer needed to expand the capabilities of his device.

This literally meant that you – the user – had to be tech savvy to do something as simple as capture a screenshot.

Thankfully the complications have been eliminated.

Most Android phones now boast the capability of taking static screenshots. And with the right application, you can even continuously capture the screen to create what is known as a screencast.


Why Is Android So Fun Yet Frustrating?

iOS is stern. It doesn’t like to be probed and is restrictive, but it comes with an advantage. Processes in iPhones, iPads and other Apple devices are more or less consistent across hardware options and software versions.

But Android is flexible. And it is simple.

However the downside of this flexibility is that brands can get creative with their devices. They can fashion phones and tablets that are completely different from each other in terms of how to accomplish a particular task.

Taking a screenshot is no different. Sony, Samsung and Motorola come with their own processes. And this gives rise to confusion.

The Common Ways to Take a Screenshot on Android


They aren’t official. But the general consensus is, most Android devices capture their screens in one of two ways:

  • You press down the power button and the volume button (the segment of the button with which you can decrease the volume) together till the screen flashes and there is a whirring sound that indicates that the content on the screen has been documented.


Power Button


Volume Button

Volume Button



  • In models where there is a home button, you press it and the power button simultaneously till the screen flashes and a split second image of the contents is displayed in a smaller window that disappears immediately afterwards.

The Home Button

The Home Button


Go ahead and try these combinations. One of them should work. If neither does, then you can try some of these exceptions that are customized by the brand.


Galaxy Devices

Galaxy is a line that is known for its sophisticated features. Samsung is generally known for the ‘power button – home button’ screenshot combination. But those who own a Galaxy device can also visit Settings, click on Motions and Gestures and then tick the Palm Swipe to Capture option.



Sony Xperia Devices

Sony by far has the simplest process around capturing a screenshot. Simply press the power button for 2 seconds and enable the options menu to appear. From this menu, choose “Take Screenshot”. There will be a few other things to try like enabling the Airplane Mode and actually switching off the device.


The screenshot is captured in a way that includes the browser window information, including the URL. If you want your documentation to be more private, simply crop out the section with the “Edit” tool in the gallery.


Motorola Devices

You need to simply hold the volume and power buttons down till an actual notification pops that says “Screenshot Captured”.



If you want a dedicated app just for screenshots, there are a lot available in the market. They are usually free and some even has added features like consolidating the different screenshots you took to create a single documentation of the details.


Accessing Screenshots


In general, most screenshots go straight to your main gallery. At the most there might be a separate folder labelled “Screenshots”.


The actual step by step walkthrough will depend on your phone’s brand and the Android OS version. But something in this article should work for you – irrespective of the device you are using and your technical prowess. Try it out now!

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