How To Take A Screenshot On Android Phone

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 30 Jan 2018

  • Update 7/2/18: Added the HTC U12+, G7, and Oneus 6.
Every Android phone is different, so it takes screenshots with them. Even though Android 4 introduced simple screenshots for all devices with the power-volume-down-key combo, nailing it can still be tricky. That’s why some phone makers have introduced new methods. We’re here to help: first, find your Android phone on the list below to learn the various ways to snap, share, and save a screenshot.
[Further reading: The best Android phones of 2018]

Acer phones

  • Hold down the power volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • Scroll down the notification panel to reach quick settings; tap the Screenshot icon.

Asus phones

  • Hold down the power volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • Scroll down the notification panel to reach quick settings; tap the Screenshot icon.

Phones

  • Nexus: Hold down the power volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • Pixel: Hold down the power volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

HTC phones

  • HTC U12+: press hold the power button until your phone vibrates, then tap the virtual home button on the navigation bar while still pressing the power button
  • HTC U series (up to U12+): Hold the power volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • HTC 10: Hold down the home power buttons or the power volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • All other HTC phones: Hold the power volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

Huawei Honor Phones

  • Hold down the power volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • Scroll down the notification panel, switch to Shortcuts, and tap the Screenshot icon.

Novo

  • Hold down the power volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • Scroll down the notification panel and tap the Screen Shot icon.

Phones

  • G7: Press and hold the power volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • All other phones: Hold the power (located on the back of the phone) volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • Scroll down to the notification panel and tap the Capture+ icon.

Motorola phones

  • Hold down the power volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

OnePlus phones

  • OnePlus phones: Press hold the power volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • OnePlus 5, 5T, 6: Swipe on the home screen with three fingers.

Samsung phones

  • Galaxy S8 later: Hold the power volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • Galaxy S7 earlier: Hold the home power buttons for a couple of seconds.

Sony phones

  • Hold down the volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • Hold the power key until a screen appears; tap to Take a screenshot.

ZTE phones

  • Hold down the power volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

Assistant

On supported phones, you can also ask the Assistant to take a screenshot for you. When you’re on the screen you want to snap, say, “OK, take a screenshot,” it will oblige, saving a picture of the screen below the Assistant interface. So if you want to capture the Assistant screen, you’ll have to use the hardware buttons.

back up screenshots
To back up your screenshots, you’ll need to head to photos.

Save Share

Once you’ve snapped your screenshot, you can create a shortcut to it in the notification panel. Tap it you’ll be able to edit or share it.

If you want to back up your screenshots to photos, you might need to tell your phone to do so. Open the sidebar in images, then the Device Folder. Tap Screenshots, flip the Backup & sync toggle. From then on, it will backup all your screenshots to your camera in photos.

Android Froyo Phones Older

Taking a screenshot is arduous if you have a pre-Gingerbread Android 2.3 phone. Froyo users will need a B cable and some Android know-how third-party software.

Install the Software

Back then, only developers would be interested in capturing Android screenshots, so you’ll have to act like one. Download and install the free Android SDK (software development kit). Visit the site, and be sure to get the correct version for your OS.

The software requires a java application. The Mac OS X has the right tools. For Windows, users should download the Splend Apps and apptech_Infotech. Install the Android SDK via downloads.

Launch the SDK Manager from the Android SDK download. (In Windows, if prompted, choose Extract l.) Accept the terms, and click Install. The SDK will download more packages and then update itself with the latest files. This process can take about 30 minutes.

Launch DDMS (Dalvik Debug Monitor) within the Android SDK Tools folder. The software will open a console for a moment and then launch a graphical interface in another window. Give it a moment, but if it quits, there seems to be an error initially–as it happened to me on my test systems–try rerunning DDMS.

Open Application Settings and select the B debugging on the Android device. Connect the Android device to your computer.

In windows, go to the Device Manager if the Android doesn’t appear as a listing in the Dalvik Debug Monitor application. Right-click the Android device and select Update Driver Software. Choose to Browse my computer for driver software, click Browse, and navigate to the B driver folder within the Android SDK folder. Click Next. Approve the following prompt to install the driver. Return to the Dalvik Debug Monitor; your Android is then listed.

Then either OS, if your Android device still failed to show up in the Dalvik Debug Monitor, verify that you set it for B debugging Mode. In addition, drag the menu down from the top of the Android screen, and pick B connection. In most instances, you’ll want B Mass Storage to be selected. (I had to perform this step on an Android X because it set itself up in Mode first.) But try Mode if the software isn’t finding your Android; that might solve the problem.

On your computer, click the phone icon in the upper-left section to select your Android. On the Android device, prepare for the moment you want to capture and click Save.

Get to the Root

You can shoot screenshots without hooking up to a computer if you’re a savvy Android user. First, however, you’ll have to root your phone.

The screenshot captures your Android device’s screen. You must be sure it’s rooted first, as the warning notes.

Typically, the Android OS prevents screenshot apps from working because they muck around with deeper permissions. The rooting process confers superuser abilities, permitting you to do anything you want.

After rooting, search the Android marketplace for various apps such as Screenshot; you’ll activate screenshots with a timer by shaking the phone or via another command; the app will then capture your device.

Easy, right?