How to Take Screenshot on Android

Taking screenshots on android phone is not difficult, and there are all sorts of other situations in which a screenshot would be very useful to share new high score in a game or to share a funny chat to your friends. Sometimes we don’t want to forget something that we see on our Facebook feed or on twitter so instead of writing it down we can easily take screenshot to save it as a picture. 

This guide uses the Motorola phones, HTC, Lenovo, Micromax, Karbonn, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 4 Note Galaxy 3, Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Note and various other mobiles with android as examples. We have also included a guide to take a screenshot in any other Android phones.

We are going to give 4 common methods to take screenshot on Android. Here they are:

How to Take Android screenshot on a Galaxy with a Hand Swipe

Taking a screenshot on any other Galaxy phone with a hand swipe is easy.

  1. Set your hand vertically on each side of the screen, and shape as if the karate chopping your phone.
  2. Make a horizontal movement across the screen as your hand is a photo scanner.
  3. You should hear the camera shutter, see a screenshot move across the screen, and receive a notification that an image is saved in the gallery.
  4. It requires few tries.

screenshot on android

screenshot on android

How to Take a Screenshot on a Galaxy Phone Using the Buttons

This should is useful on Galaxy S6 and older version of Galaxy phones and any Samsung that has a start button.

  1. Press and hold the power and home buttons at the same time.
  2. Hold for one second until a shutter sound is heard or you see an indication that a picture is taken.
  3. This can be inconvenient to do well. It is necessary to hold down the power button shortly before pressing the home button and hold them down.

android screenshot using button

How to Take Android Screenshot with the S Pen

This technique is on the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) and Galaxy Note Pro. You can use two methods to take screenshots on Android. To use these, you have to open the air command menu, which can be done by pulling the stylus S Pen, or by moving the stylus on the screen and click the button on it.

android screenshot using s pen

Scrapbooker: This is a selection from the Air Command radial menu. It allows you to draw a circle a portion of the screen to take a screenshot. After taking a photo of the screen, you can add tags, notes, and categories to organize the pic. You can access the photo in an ad hoc scrapbook application on the device.

Screen Write: This feature was also in Note 2, but the device did not have Air Command menu. Select from the options to take a screenshot. Then you can write notes on top of the image. There are options to change the color and size of the pen if you want to be creative.

Just press the button and tap: In all Galaxy S Pen 2devices, you can also press the S Pen button and touch the pen to the screen, holding it there until you see and hear a screenshot being captured. This technique is better in Note 2, Note 8.0, and original Note 10.1.

How to take a Screenshot of Any other Android device

Taking screenshots on any other Android phone or tablet (as in, not a Samsung device) is relatively straightforward, but a little different.

  1. Press the volume and power button at the same time.
  2. Remember to hold it until you hear a click or a screenshot sound.

In older Android phones, such as those running on 2.3 Gingerbread, you have to find a suitable application that can do the job on Google Play store, where you will see several applications. Screenshot ER UX is popular choices, but you need to root your phone.

If you’re using Android 4.4 or 5.0 KitKat Lollipop and share a screenshot after capturing it, the text field will automatically include the date and time the photo was taken. You can delete it if you wish.

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