3 Ways to Screenshot on an Android

There are many ways to take a screenshot on an Android device. You can take a screenshot with the power button, take a screenshot without the power button or even take a screenshot with an app. We’ll walk through some of the most common methods for taking a screenshot on an Android and help you determine the best approach for your device.

1. Screenshot using the Android shortcut

The quickest way to take a screenshot on an Android device is to press and hold the Power + Volume Down buttons at the same time. An onscreen animation will pop up, along with a confirmation in the notification bar that your screenshot was successful.

2. Screenshot using manufacturer shortcuts

Although some Android phones use the first method to take a screenshot, other Android devices have their own built in screenshot shortcuts. Check out some examples:

  • Samsung devices require you to press the Power + Home buttons simultaneously. Visit the Gallery app to view your screenshot.
  • Sony devices, like the Sony Xperia, require you to press Power + Volume Up simultaneously or press and hold the power button to prompt a pop-up menu on your phone. From there, you’ll tap Take a Screenshot. To view your screenshot, go to the Screenshots album on your device.
  • On the Google Pixel, hold down Power + Volume Down and release both buttons at the same time. If you performed the combination properly, you should see a smaller version of the screen you took pop up. Your screenshot will be saved to the Screenshots album on your Pixel.
  • LG devices require you to press and hold Power + Volume Down for a few seconds until you hear a camera sound. The image is automatically saved in the Gallery app in the Screenshots folder.

3. Screenshot using an app

If you need to take a screenshot without the power button on your phone, consider using an app. Some apps allow you to simply take a screenshot and save it to your device, while others have cool editing features that give you the option to touch up your screenshots before you save them.

  • Visit the Play Store and search for Assistive Touch for Android.
  • Install the app and open it.
  • Tap Layout under Floating Menu section.
  • Now, tap on the + icon and on the next screen, select Screenshot.
  • Exit the app and you’ll see the assistive touch icon. Locate the screen you want to capture and tap on the assistive touch icon. Select Screenshot to capture the screen.

Another popular app called Super Screenshot allows you to crop your screenshots before it saves them. It will also give you the option to resize your snaps, write on them, add notes and even add various filters.

Screenshots are useful for many situations and knowing how to screenshot on an Android may just come in handy in the future. For more how-to guides like this, be sure to check out the Trademore blog.

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