Where does "Recent Apps" in Android store the screenshots?

I have seen a couple of threads on how to prevent these screenshots from being taken. But I would like to know the location of the screenshots directory.

  • Please clarify question a little bit.
    – Sid
    Jan 9, 2013 at 13:41
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    Guess he talks about the "recently used apps" list popping up when long-pressing the home button. On tablets with 4.1 up (if not even earlier) this no longer shows the icon only, but a screenshot of the app's last state. Not being able to root my new tabby (yet), I could not check yet for those files...
    – Izzy
    Jan 9, 2013 at 15:50
  • The screenshot facility, cannot be taken out as that is integrated directly into the AOSP source which when compiled produces a Stock AOSP Vanilla ROM, and applies only to ICS upwards, on previous versions, it required root to do this.
    – t0mm13b
    Jan 9, 2013 at 17:07
  • @t0mm13b the question is not about removing the functionality, but about locating the screenshot image files. I just browsed through the entire internal file systems of my Wildfire (ICS), but was not able to find them. Any idea of where they might be stored? Being thumbnails only, I could imagine them being stored directly into the media database, if that's possible with SQLite.
    – Izzy
    Feb 28, 2013 at 22:34
  • Hmmm... try /sdcard/DCIM/Screenshots? :D
    – t0mm13b
    Feb 28, 2013 at 22:38

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On my Nexus devices /sdcard/Pictures/Screenshots

I think it's the default, odd really as it should go in with DCIM

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    DCIM is the de-facto standard for the location for pictures taken with camera... :) Hence the separation for screenshots..
    – t0mm13b
    Jan 9, 2013 at 17:06
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    But that Screenshots directory is not the one the OP asked for: Here are the screenshots saved which the user explicitly takes using the volume and power key combination. OP was asking for the screenshots shown in the "recent apps" menu.
    – Izzy
    Feb 28, 2013 at 22:21

On my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phone it's also /sdcard/Pictures/Screenshots

The fact that it's in the same place on two different devices suggests that it's an Android standard, rather than something left up to the device manufacturer.

  • Actually that path is where manually taken screenshots are stored. It has nothing to do with "Recently Used Apps" screenshots. Dec 23, 2013 at 23:04
  • OK, good point. I haven't seen "Recently Used Apps" screen shots before, so I overlooked that when I tried to answer the question.
    – Steve
    Jan 1, 2014 at 22:35

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