There are many situations in which capturing what’s on the screen of your Android device will come handy. You may want to take a screenshot of the settings, of a conversation, or even of that incredible score that you achieved on your favourite game. This guide will help you to take screenshots on your Android phone or tablet. There are different methods depending on your device’s Android version. These are the options that you can try.
Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich or higher
If your Android device is running Android 4.0 or above, you can take screenshots by simply pressing and holding the Volume Down and the Power buttons simultaneously. An animation will appear on the screen to let you know that the screenshot has been saved. To see the capture, launch Gallery and tap Screenshots. Apart from viewing your screenshots, you will also be able to share them.
Some phones have a “Take a screenshot” option that is also very easy to use. You will find it in the Power off menu. Just press the power button for about 2 seconds until you see the power options screen. If the feature is available on your phone, you can select it and it will take a screenshot of the current image that is behind the menu.
Android 2.3 and below
The option to take screenshots is not included in older versions of Android, but some phone manufacturers found a way to enable this feature on their devices. On Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II phones running older Android versions, it is possible to take screenshots by pressing the Home and Power buttons simultaneously. Alternatively, you can press the Back button and tap the Home button twice.
The other option is to use apps available on Google Play that are designed to allow you to take screenshots on a particular device. Some of these apps do not require you to root your device and the options include Screen Capture Shortcut Free (by tomorrowkey) and No Root Screenshot It (created by Edward Kim), available for $4.99. Check Google Play for other solutions and choose the one that suits your specific device.
If your Android device is rooted, you can rely on AndroSS (free and created by Ted Stein), or AirDroid (SAND STUDIO), an incredibly convenient app that gives you the possibility to manage your Android device from your computer or web browser. AirDroid lets you control your Android phone/tablet from Windows or Mac so you can take screenshots, or transfer images between the device and your computer.