I ran across this question posed on Twitter by Anil Dash:

Is there really no way to take a screenshot on a Kindle Fire? Huh.

I know it's early to tell, but does anyone know if this is true about the device?

  • 1
    It wouldn't surprise me. Until recently it was rare for an Android device to offer a way to take a screen shot without rooting it. – ale Nov 16 '11 at 2:12
  • 1
    For what its worth, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (with most recent stock software update) allows you to take screenshots (without being rooted). So, I think pre-ICS it's possible...at least in Honeycomb – user9676 Nov 16 '11 at 15:01

You can take screen shots with ddms and the Android SDK. It's not hard to set up. See http://www.thefireblog.com/2011/11/16/houston-we-have-screenshots/:

So, here’s a quick summary people:

  • Install the android SDK tools, then the platform-tools
  • Edit your adb_usb.ini file to add the 0×1949 vendor ID at the end
  • Ensure that adb is running properly
  • Check that your device is online
  • Run ddms
  • Start taking your screenshots using the Device > Screen Capture option.
  • 2
    Very cool that this doesn't require root, +1. – Matthew Read Nov 18 '11 at 22:02

This might help:

How to take a screenshot with an Android device?

Basically Android doesn't provide you a direct way to take a screenshot the way iOS does. But Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will.

  • 5
    Yes, except the Fire will not be getting ICS. It's Android under the hood, but they forked it a long time ago and Amazon will be updating it going forward. – ale Nov 16 '11 at 2:11

I haven't tested since I don't have my Fire yet, but it can be rooted with SuperOneClick, which means you can probably take screenshots with an app like ShootMe or Screenshot ER 2.

I would think Amazon would advertise it if it could take screenshots without root, so I would suspect non-root users to be out of luck. That said, ShootMe has been known to work on some unrooted phones. Nobody knows why, but you could try it and hope :P

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.