How to take a screenshot with Android

How to take a screenshot with Android

Taking a screenshot (or a screenshot, as Anglophones and Anglophiles say) on Android is far from being a complicated procedure, but when you don't know how to do it, you have to learn well. Rest assured, we will explain everything not to you.

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How to take a screenshot on Android (with most smartphones)

The screenshot functionality came with Android 2.3.3 'Gingerbread' and hasn't really changed since. Depending on the manufacturer, it can take several variants, but overall it works as follows:

  • Turn on your Android mobile screen
  • Display what you want to capture on the screen
  • Press the lower power and volume keys simultaneously.
  • Hop, it's over, the screenshot is saved on your device

Now you need to find out where your image is saved. Go to your gallery (Google Photos, or the gallery pre-installed by the manufacturer, or any other) and you will find it in the Images / Screenshots folder.

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Low volume + Power button is the classic method. AndroidPIT

Take a screenshot on Samsung smartphones

Take a screenshot on Samsung smartphones

The latest Galaxy smartphones, like the S10 and Note 10 series, rely on the classic key combination described above due to the lack of a physical home button. As with older models, Samsung stands out from the crowd with an alternative key combination:

  • Home button + power button

The brand's latest generation smartphones also give the possibility of taking screenshots with a touch of karat:

  1. Go settings
  2. Click on Movements and controls
  3. Slectionnez Hand Capture

Once activated, you can forget about any key combination and take screenshots before your eyes by simply passing the profile of the palm of your hand over the screen, from right to left or vice versa.

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Have you tried using the S-Pen to take a screenshot? AndroidPIT

The Note range and screenshots with S-Pen

If you have a Galaxy Note with an S Pen, there are three different ways you can take a screenshot. Open the menu Air Command and move the pen closer to the screen, then press the side button of the S-Pen to get the following options:

  • Scrapbook : With the S-Pen, you can select the part of the screen to record. The saved image can then be used in your notes and will be saved in the dedicated folder.
  • Screenshot notes : The entire screen area can be captured and you can write on the image with different colors.
  • S-Pen button : With all Galaxy equipped with a stylus, by simultaneously holding down the S-Pen button and pressing the stylus on the screen, you can take the screenshot.

Take a screenshot on Google Pixel smartphones

Google Pixels offer Android Stock, the purest version of the operating system without the customizations offered by other brands. On these devices, you can take a screenshot like this:

  1. Press together on the home button + power button
  2. Hold down the power button and select the dedicated function to display the screen
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On Pixel, you can also take a screenshot from the tinted screen. AndroidPIT

Take a screenshot on Xiaomi smartphones

If you have a Xiaomi smartphone in your hands, there are three different ways you can take a screenshot:

  1. Use the traditional key combination Low volume + On / off button
  2. Use the shortcut Screenshot from the notifications bar
  3. Lean on gestures with a swipe down using three fingers simultaneously
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Physical keys, gestures or shortcuts from the notification bar. AndroidPIT

Take a screenshot on LG smartphones

LG uses the key combination Low volume + buttonfood, but on older models, the operation is a bit complicated because of the positioning of the keys on the rear body, one under the other. A little practice is enough to get there, but you can also use QMemo + / Capture +, l'application for LG notes in the notification area.

Fortunately, on more recent devices, such as LG G8, LG G7, LG V30, V30s and V40 ThinQ, the combination became easier thanks to the return of the volume buttons on the side.

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Taking a screenshot on your new LG smartphone is easy / AndroidPIT

Take a screenshot on HTC smartphones

At HTC, the combination of Low volume button and power button remains valid, but you can also decide to use a single physical button and use the combination of the power button and the home button for models until 2016.

Later HTC models have on-screen navigation keys, so the only available solution is the classic combination Low volume + On / Off button.

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If you have one of the latest HTC, go to safety with the Volume down button + power button. AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Take a screenshot on Huawei / Honor smartphones

On Huawei and Honor smartphones, you can take a screenshot using one of the following modes:

  1. Use the traditional key combination Low volume + On / off button
  2. Use the shortcut Screenshot to access the notification bar
  3. Activate gestures from the settings menu and use this technique: two taps on the screen and you will have your screenshot.
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Use both shots to take a screenshot on your Huawei or Honor smartphone. AndroidPIT

Take a screenshot on OnePlus smartphones

On OnePlus smartphones, you can take a screenshot like this:

  • Push the button Low volume + On / Off button
  • On older models, select the appropriate option in the power-up menu after activating it in Settings> Keys> Power Key Menu> Screen Capture.
  • using gestures: swipe down with three fingers
androidpit oneplus 7 full back blueLow volume + On / Off button or gestures. AndroidPIT

Take a screenshot on Nokia smartphones

In the case of Nokia, there are different possibilities depending on the device available. You can :

  1. Use the combination of Low volume + On / Off button
  2. Hold down the On / Off button and select the dedicated function
  3. Select the option dedicated to the screenshot in the notification menu (but it is not available on all devices).
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Low volume + power button on the Nokia 7.2! AndroidPIT

Take a screenshot on Sony smartphones

The Japanese manufacturer goes straight to the point and allows you to take a screenshot on your devices by simply using the physical keys: Low volume + On / Off button.

How to make long screenshots

Some manufacturers allow you to take screenshots called Scrollshots. This type of screen capture is particularly useful for capturing long texts or websites. How it works N The software takes the first screenshot, then scrolling down takes the second and so on.

If your smartphone does not include this function, you can get it by downloading the app Long Screen Stitch. Thanks to this application, you can always take several screenshots and combine them into one, provided that they overlap well.

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Stitch & Share for longer screenshots than usual. AndroidPIT

If your smartphone does not have this feature, you can get it by downloading Stitch Long Screen. Thanks to this application, you can always take several screenshots and combine them into one, provided that they overlap well.




Long Screen Stitch
Install on Google Play

How to record the screen in a video

Some Sony devices have a function that allows you to record the screen. To access it, simply press and hold the power button. The recordings are saved in MP4 format in / Movies / ScreenRecords.

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Sony offers other native functions. AndroidPIT

Huawei also allows you to create a video of the screen using your fingers. In the Mate 20 Pro, you only need to double tap the screen to record the video. In the Samsung Galaxy S9, you must use the Game Launcher and the functionality is limited to games.

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You can record a video of your screen. AndroidPIT

Also in this case for devices that do not incorporate this functionality, the Play Store comes to the rescue by offering AZ Screen Recorder. Taking advantage of the smartphone's microphone, it is also possible to integrate audio comments into the video.




AZ Screen Recorder – No Root
Install on Google Play

Where to find the screenshots taken

Once your screenshot has been taken, whatever the method and the smartphone used, you will find it in your photo gallery. Then, by accessing your gallery, you will find a dedicated folder Pictures / Screenshots.

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