How to take a screenshot on any Android device

If you take a lot of screenshots then you might have noticed that doing that is quite hard on Android devices because there are a number of ways to do it depending on the device that you are using, which is a stark contrast to iOS, which has always made taking screenshots easy.

But as of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Google made that a little easier.

Here are some of the ways that you can take screenshots on various Android devices:

 

There are two main methods that Android devices use to take screenshots by default, which change depending on the device that you are using, here are the two default methods:

The Default Method:

  • Press and hold the power button and volume down button at the same time.
  • Release when you hear a shutter sound or see your screen flash.
  • Find the screenshot in your phone’s gallery.

The other default method

  • Press and hold the power button and the home button at the same time
  • Release when you hear a shutter sound or see your screen flash.
  • Find the screenshot in your phone’s gallery.

Samsung devices generally use the second method while HTC, Motorola, Nexus, LG, and Sony devices generally use the first.

The other method that Sony Xperia devices use

Alongside the method that we previously mentioned, some Sony devices also use the following method to take a screenshot:

  • Press and hold the power button
  • Tap the ‘Take Screenshot’ button
  • Select it and crop the area that you want to capture
  • Find the screenshot in your phone’s gallery

Taking a screenshot on Samsung phone’s with gestures

On the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 4, and Galaxy Note 5 you can also take screenshots with a gesture, here’s how to do just that:

  • Go to the settings on your Samsung phone
  • Tap on the ‘Motions & Gestures’ button
  • Click to enable ‘Palm swipe to capture’
  • You are now ready to take a screenshot by moving your palm over your phone’s screen.

Take a screenshot with Google Now on Tap

If you have Android 6.0 Marshmallow or above then you can also use the Google Now on Tap feature, which allows you to take a screenshot with Google Now.

Here’s how:

  • Press and hold your phone’s Home button until Google Now on Tap appears on your screen.
  • Press the share button in the left corner
  • Your screenshot will be taken and you can then share it where you want it.

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