Is there a way to take a screenshot of an Android device and save it as an image file?
If you have Android 4.0 or higher:
You can press the Power button + the Volume Down button at the same time to take a screenshot. It will be saved to your gallery.
Note: You need to keep the buttons pressed for around a second for this to work. This is to avoid the screenshot when this combination is accidentally pressed.
UPDATE 8.3.2021: If you have Android 10, you must press the Power button + Volume Down buttons ONLY BRIEFLY (< 0.5 seconds). If you press them longer, the Power menu will just open and the screenshot will not be captured.
If you have an Android lower than 4.0:
If you're rooted: you can install an app called drocap2. This will let you shake your phone, wait on a timer, or click on a notification in your notification bar to take a screenshot and it'll save it to your phone.
If you're not rooted: you can not run a screenshot app on your phone, period. You'll have to install the Android SDK on your computer, connect you phone via USB, and run a program called DDMS. This program is mainly used for developer debugging, but it has a screenshot utility under one of its menus. For a tutorial, see this page. Also, some constructor like Samsung have implemented this function on their phones (the buttons combination change from phone to phone, so search for yours).
Screenshot via Volume-Down + Power device keys
Starting with Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich there is finally a possibility to create a screen-shot without 3rd party app or connected computer:
Press the following two keys at the same time: Volume-Down + Power
Note that it is crucial to press both keys nearly the same time. If your press and hold Volume-Down and afterwards press Power it will not work. (tested on Galaxy nexus 4.1.2)
Screenshot via Shutdown/Restart menu
On newer devices (Android 8+) there is also a button for creating a Screenshot in the menu that allows you to power down or restart the device (usually reachable by pressing the power button ~2 seconds).
However some screens are protected and therefore can not be captured, e.g. some system settings dialogs.
On a Samsung Galaxy S II, it's simultaneously pressing the Power+Home button. It's tricky though; 9 out of 10 times I can't get it. Obviously that's specific to that model of phone and not the Android OS.
As far as I know, there isn't any native app built-in to the OS for all phones, it's too bad really.
This is also applicable for the:
- Samsung Galaxy S4 (I9505 Samsung edition)
The following method also requires root, but may be better and easier if you need the screenshots while writing articles, app reviews or documentation.
You do not need complex instructions or the Android SDK, and this works on all rooted devices.
Install droid VNC server.
A one line script should do this on a root 'ed handset, be aware that this is for Linux and hard-coded for 800x480 screen resolution and also, if your Android's Linux Kernel has framebuffer support compiled in:
#!/bin/sh adb pull /dev/graphics/fb0 fb0 && ffmpeg -vframes 1 -vcodec rawvideo -f rawvideo -pix_fmt rgb565le -s 480x800 -i fb0 -f image2 -vcodec png $1.png && mogrify -flip -flop $1.png && rm fb0
And save it as for example,
screenshotter.sh, with executable permissions and invoke it like this
End result, is a PNG file called
my_picture_of_android_home_screen.png is saved.
imagemagick tools :)
Once rooted, I've liked working with Screenshot (Cyrket link).
Set the timer, go to your application and wait; or set it to “Shake” mode, go to your application and shake it. Hard. And files show up in a screenshot folder. Happy day.
I mean it. SHAKE IT HARD. Unless there's some trick to shaking and I'm doing it in the wrong direction, this is NOT a sensitive shaker.
UPDATE: yeah, I'm using the timer option. Either the Incredible has a lousy shake sensor, the app is implementing it weirdly, or something else -- but shaking was just ridiculous. Would have been a nice interface, if that worked.
(Variable) Timer to take screenshots works just fine!
ShootMe does work for me on the Galaxy Tab (2.2), even if I did not root it and the ShootMe page says, that it works only for rooted devices.
On the Samsung Galaxy Pocket GT-S53001, you can do it without any third party software.
Follow these instructions:
- Go to the screen that you'd like to capture.
- Press and hold the Home button (center), then right after that, quickly press the Power button. If you wait too much it won't work and you'll just set the phone block.
- If that is done successfully, you should be able to hear the classic click and also see a white border appear in your screen.
- Go check your Gallery application.
1: It's possible that this works on all Android phones running Gingerbread, but I didn't try personally.
Old question , posting to add alternative using Google Now on Tap on Marshmallow, which does away with failed attempts in getting the right combo of keys correctly pressed (at times I ended up rebooting :-)
This has the advantage of better organising screenshots or sharing directly with contacts using Direct Share, which pops up when you wish to share
Press and hold the Home button until Google Now on Tap appears
Tap the share button in the bottom left-hand corner
(Images above from here)
On Moto X Play Power + Vol Dn works
Some phones have the functionality built in, such as the previous mentioned Galaxy S. On the Droid Charge, hold the back button and press home. On most new LG Android phones, hold home and press power.
Unfortunately, the only universal method is using the Android SDK to take screenshots with a computer. Rooting and using a screenshot app works on many devices, but sometimes not, and it's not the easiest way to take a screenshot.
On Android 7.1.2, long press Home for OK Google and issue voice command
Take Screenshot , it will respond with
All right, taking a Screenshot, touch to continue.
On touching, screenshot is captured and Direct Share menu appears to share the screen shot, or if you have a file explorer ( like ES or Solid Explorer) that can save it to your device, use that to save it to your device
Only drawback of this is that you need to be online
On Android Pie, it is inbuilt with power-options (by pressing Power key)
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