If you own an Android smartphone then you’re in for a treat.
Taking screenshots on an Android device is quite easy and while most of the devices follow a single format or process, there are some devices that use different methods.
This depends on the OS running on the device and whether there has been any tweaks or changes made to the UI.
I’m going to take you through how to take a screenshot on Android regardless of the device you own.
I’ll make it easy to understand and rest assured, none of these methods require you to put in any effort.
The quickest way to take a screenshot on any Android device is to press the Power + Volume down button on the side. You can try this trick out, if it doesn’t work on your device, then check out the others mentioned below.
Here’s what i’ll cover:
- Take a Screenshot using the Standard Method
- Take a Screenshot on a Samsung Phone
- Take a Screenshot on a Xiaomi Phone
- Take a Screenshot on a Motorola Phone
- Take a Screenshot on a HTC Phone
- Take a Screenshot on a OnePlus Phone
- Take a Screenshot on a LG Phone
- Use Third-Party Apps to take a Screenshot on Android
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How to Take a Screenshot on Android
Take a Screenshot using the Standard Method
Capturing your screen on an Android device essentially works by pressing two buttons on the phone.
You can either use the Volume down + Power button on the phone or the Home + Power button to take a screenshot.
You can also press and hold the Power button for a few seconds to open the Boot page and then tap on Screenshot to capture your display.
Once you take a screenshot using this method, the screen will flash and you will receive a preview window along with a couple of options at the bottom of the page.
These options will appear for a couple of seconds and you can either edit the screenshot, extend the screenshot or delete the screenshot.
Similarly, you can also use Google Assistant to take a screenshot by saying “Okay Google, Take a Screenshot”
Take a Screenshot on a Samsung Phone
If you own a Samsung phone, there are a couple of ways you can take a screenshot. These methods vary depending on the model of smartphone you have.
- Use Bixby Digital Assistant – Go to the screen that you want to capture and say Hey Bixby. Next say, Take a screenshot and Bixby will take a screenshot of that page and save it in your Gallery app.
- Use the S Pen – Depending on the Samsung model you own, you can use the S Pen to take a screenshot of the screen. Simply take out the S Pen and then launch the Air Command tool. Next, select Screen write and your screenshot will be captured. You can open the image to edit it and then save the file in a destination folder of your choice.
- Use Smart Capture – Smart Capture enables you to take a screenshot of an entire page rather than what’s displayed on the top. Take a screenshot in any of the ways mentioned above and then tap Scroll Capture. Now scroll down the page to stitch together a long screenshot of the entire page.
- Use Samsung Smart Select – You can use Smart Select to take a screenshot of a particular part of the screen. To do this, slide out the Edge Panel and ten click on Smart Select. Choose the shape and region you wish to capture. You can enable this feature from within Settings > Display > Edge Panels > Panels > Smart Select.
Take a Screenshot on a Xiaomi Phone
If you’re a Xiaomi user then there are three ways you can take a screenshot on your phone.
If you’re unfamiliar with these methods, the standard method also works well on Xiaomi phones too.
- Use the Notification Shade – MIUI lets you take screenshots of your display by using the notification shade. Pull the notification bar down and then tap on the screenshot option.
- Use the Three-Finger Swipe – Three-finger swipe is a gesture method of taking screenshots on a Xiaomi phone. Simply swipe down on the screen you want to capture using three fingers.
- Use the Quick Ball – Quick ball is a floating tool that you can use to activate a variety of functions. All you have to do is tap on the Quick ball and then click on the screenshot icon to capture your display.
Quick Ball is not enabled by default and you’d have to activate it within your phone’s Settings app.
Take a Screenshot on a Motorola Phone
Motorola phones follow an easy path to take screenshots.
You can use the Standard method mentioned above which involves pressing the volume down + power button to capture the screen or you can configure a three-finger swipe gesture from within the Settings app to do the same.
Take a Screenshot on a Sony Phone
Quite like Motorola devices, Sony phones let you take a screenshot by either pressing the power button + volume down or by pressing the power button for a few seconds until the boot page opens and then tap on Take Screenshot.
You can also configure a three-finger swipe gesture from within the Settings app to do the same
Take a Screenshot on a OnePlus Phone
With OnePlus phones there are primarily three ways you can take a screenshot of your device’s screen.
- Press the volume down button + power to capture a particular screen
- Press and hold the power button to open the boot page and then click on Take Screenshot
- Enable gestures and use the three-finger screenshot feature.
Take a Screenshot on a LG Phone
LG comes with a couple of ways you can take a screenshot of your phone’s screen. You can either use the standard method mentioned above or try one of LG’s custom ways.
- Notification Button – Pull down the notification bar on your LG smartphone and tap on the screenshot button
- Air Motion – Air Motion is available on a couple of new LG models such as the ThinQ range and the Velvet smartphone. Wave your hand over the display and then pinch your fingers together and pull them apart to capture the screen.
- Use Capture+ – Another way you can take screenshots on a LG smartphone is to pull down the notification bar and then tap on the Capture+ icon. You can use this function to capture the entire screen or an extended screenshot of the entire page.
Take a Screenshot using Android 12
If you’re running the latest version of Android (12), then you can use a variety of ways to take a screenshot of your phone.
One of the most recent methods is to swipe up on the home page and hold to open the Recent Apps.
At the bottom of the screen, tap on Screenshot to capture the app that’s at the front of your recent apps.
You can swipe sideways to go to other apps that are currently open and then tap on the Screenshot option when you reach the app you want to capture.
The screenshot will appear in a floating thumbnail and you can edit, share or delete the screenshot before it gets saved in your Gallery.
Use Third-Party Apps to take a Screenshot on Android
The Google Play Store is filled with different screenshot apps that you can use to capture your screen.
You can use tools like Screenshot Easy or Super Screenshot to not only capture the screen, but also specific areas of the page, an entire page, custom shaped screenshots, video recordings and even add annotations to your screenshot.
These tools are free on the Google Play Store and do not require you to Root your Android smartphone.
Taking a screenshot on Android phones has become easier than ever and it’s pretty straightforward. As the OS keeps evolving, i’m certain there’s going to be other methods we can follow to take screenshots on an Android phone.
For now, the only method that works with nearly every model of Android smartphone is the volume down + power option and by pressing the power button down till the boot page loads.
I hope this guide was able to help you take a screenshot on your Android phone. If you’re facing any problems, try updating your phone to enable additional features that are available in the latest version of Android.