How to Take a Screenshot on Android

Screenshots are great; they come in handy for sharing interesting memes, keeping track of useful information that you might otherwise forget, and quite a bit more. However, for the most part, there are more ways than one to take a screenshot on Android smartphones. So, if you’re wondering what ways you can use to take screenshots on Android smartphones, here’s a handy guide for your perusal.

How to Take a Screenshot on Android with Hardware Buttons

There are many ways of taking a screenshot on Android phones. One of the most common ones, and also one that works on every Android phone (as far as we have tested) is this simple key combination:

  • Power key + volume down

With this simple combination of keys, you can take screenshots on your phone with ease. However keep in mind that there are some apps that don’t let you take screenshot (usually banking apps), for security reasons, so this might not work with those apps.

How to Take a Screenshot on Android with Gestures

Some Android phones, such as Samsung phones support handy gestures that you can use to take screenshots without having to press the power button + volume down key combo every time you want to take a screenshot.

How to Take a Screenshot on Samsung Phones

In Samsung phones, you can enable the screenshot gesture by following these steps:

  • Go to Settings. Here, search for “Gestures” and tap on “Motions and gestures“.

how to take a screenshot on Android Samsung gesture step 1

  • Turn on the toggle next to “Palm swipe to capture“.

how to take a screenshot on Android Samsung gesture step 2

Now, you can just swipe your palm across the screen to capture screenshots on your Samsung smartphone.

How to Take a Screenshot on OnePlus Phones

If you’re a OnePlus user, there’s another (and actually simpler) gesture that you can use to take a screenshot. Just follow these steps to take screenshot on your OnePlus device (we’ve tested this on the OnePlus 5, OnePlus 5T, OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T, OnePlus 7, and OnePlus 7 Pro, but it should work on older OnePlus phones as well).

  • Open “Settings” and go to “Gestures“.
  • Here, turn on the toggle next to “Three finger screenshot“.

Now, you can simply swipe down on your screen with three fingers and your OnePlus device will automatically capture your screen. Pretty handy, right?

There are other OEMs that implement there own screenshot gestures, and most of them can be found in or around similar places within the settings app. However, if all else fails, there’s always the Power button + volume down key combo that you can use.

How to Take a Screenshot with ADB

If you’re more inclined to use the terminal for taking screenshots, well, you can do that on Android. Just make sure you’ve installed ADB tools on your Windows (we have a handy guide on how to set up ADB tools that you can check out).

Note: For this guide, we’re assuming that you have ADB set up and ready to use on your Windows 10 PC or Mac. 

  • Connect your phone with your computer via USB, and then open the Terminal (or command prompt on Windows).
  • Here, type the following command to check if your device is being detected by your system:
    adb devices
  • If your device is detected, the Terminal will show something along the lines of “List of devices attached”.

how to take a screenshot on Android using ADB step 1

  • Now, type in the following command:
    adb shell screencap -p /sdcard/<filename.png>
    In the command, replace “filename” with the name you want the screenshot to be captured with.

how to take a screenshot on Android using ADB step 2

Your screenshot will now be saved in the location you entered. In our example, it’ll be saved in the root directory of your phone’s storage.

Moreover, if you want, you can use ADB to copy the screenshot from your phone to your computer as well. Just type in the following command:

adb pull /sdcard/<filename.png> <path_where_you_want_to_save_the_screenshot>

So, if I want to copy the screenshot named “testscreenshot.png” from the phone into my Desktop, here’s the command I’ll use:

adb pull /sdcard/testscreenshot.png ~/desktop/

how to take a screenshot on Android using ADB step 3

How to Take a Screenshot with Google Assistant

If you’re feeling too lazy to use physical buttons, or to use a gesture for capturing screenshots on your phone, well, why not leave it to your assistant? Yeah, the Google Assistant can take screenshots on your phone, and all you need to do is literally just ask it.

Simply launch the Google Assistant by saying “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” or by long pressing the home button (or the dedicated Google Assistant button) and then say “Take a screenshot“.

How to take a screenshot on Android with Google Assistant

That’s it, the Assistant will take a screenshot on whatever’s on your screen. If you’re thinking, “wait, wouldn’t the Assistant just take a screenshot of itself since it’s on the screen right now?” well, don’t worry. It’s smart enough to know that. The Google Assistant will get out of the way and then take a screenshot on your phone.

How to Take a Screenshot with Bixby

If you’re a Samsung user, and if you use Bixby (which is a big if), well, it can help you take screenshots as well.

Simply launch Bixby by using the wake word “Hi Bixby” or by pressing the dedicated button on your phone, and then ask it to “take a screenshot“. Bixby will then capture the screenshot for you.

Use Bixby to take a screenshot on Android

Obviously you can use this on your Bixby-packing phone, but I wonder, why would you? I’d suggest using the Google Assistant. It’s also built-in on your phone, and it’s just better at it.

How to Take Scrolling Screenshots on Android

Anyway, often, you might want to take a scrolling screenshot (or an extended screenshot) on your phone. Fortunately, a lot of OEMs these days have advanced screenshot tools built in which can let you take scrolling screenshots with ease.

How to Take Scrolling Screenshots on Samsung Phones

If you’re a Samsung user, you can take a scrolling screenshot by just following these steps:

Note: I’m showing this on the Galaxy S10, but any Samsung phone with OneUI will use the same method to take scrolling screenshots.

  • Take a screenshot using the hardware buttons, or the gesture we talked about earlier.
  • Once the screenshot is saved, your phone will show a toolbar on the bottom of the screen. Simply tap on the extended screenshot button on the toolbar. It’s the first one on the toolbar.

How to take a scrolling screenshot in Samsung Android phones

Your phone will now start scrolling the screen automatically and take an extended screenshot. The tool automatically stops when the page ends, but you can tap anywhere on the screen to stop the screenshot if you want to end it mid-way.

How to Take Scrolling Screenshots on OnePlus Phones

OnePlus phones also come with an extended screenshot tool built-in, which is a pretty nifty feature to have. If you’re a OnePlus user, here’s how you can take scrolling screenshots with your phone.

Note: I’m showing this on the OnePlus 5, but it works the same way on the OnePlus 5T, OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T, OnePlus 7, and OnePlus 7 Pro.

  • Take a screenshot using the hardware buttons, or the three-finger-swipe gesture we discussed earlier.
  • You’ll see a toolbar at the bottom with additional options for the screenshot including editing the screen, sharing it, and more. Tap on the dotted rectangular icon to take a scrolling screenshot.

The tool will automatically stop once the screen can’t be scrolled any more, but you can stop it manually by tapping anywhere on the screen as well.

How to Take Scrolling Screenshots on LG Phones

If you’re using a phone from another company, such as an LG phone, chances are there’s a built-in tool that will let you take scrolling screenshots on your phone. On LG phones, it’s called Capture+, and you can access it from the Quick Settings shade.

Third Party Apps for Taking Scrolling Screenshots

However, if your phone doesn’t have a built-in tool for this, you can use a third-party screenshot app to get the job done. Here are some third party apps that we’d recommend you check out:

1. Screen Master

Screen Master is one of the best third party screenshot apps that will let you take scrolling screenshots on your phone. It’s also pretty straightforward to use. If you’re using Screen Master, you can take a screenshot using the floating button that the app displays on your phone, and then use the “Stitch” option to take extended screenshots.

third party apps for taking a screenshot on Android

Bear in mind, however, that the app can’t (or technically, won’t) auto-scroll your screen, so you’ll have to do that part manually. Still, it’s a really handy third party screenshot app for Android that lets you take extended screenshots with ease, and it works pretty well.

Download Screen Master from the Play Store (Free)

2. LongShot

If Screen Master isn’t up to scratch for you, or if you’re looking for an app that brings auto scrolling functionality for extended screenshots, look no further than LongShot. With this app, you can easily take scrolling screenshots with just the tap of a button, and the app handles everything else on its own, including, you guessed it, scrolling the screen.

best third party screenshot apps for Android: LongShot

LongShot also comes with a floating button that makes it very easy to take a screenshot without having to press a combination of buttons on your phone. Simply tap on the floating button and the app will capture a screenshot of your phone’s display. It’s a fairly handy app, and you should definitely give it a try.

Download LongShot from the Play Store (Free)

While I think that Screen Master and/or LongShot should suffice you for your screenshot-requirements, including, extended screenshots, if for some reason you’re not satisfied with these apps, you can also check out Scroll Capture (Free), and Screenshot touch (Free) for a similar set of features.

Use These Methods to Take a Screenshot on Your Android Phone with Ease

So those were the methods you can use to take a screenshot on your Android phone. While a lot of manufacturers have started giving advanced screenshot options built-in on their phones, such as Samsung, OnePlus, and LG, a lot of manufacturers, especially those using Stock Android, like Nokia, and Google’s Pixel line-up of smartphones don’t yet have this functionality built-in, and in those cases you can use any of the third party apps we’ve mentioned above. So, did we miss out on any easy way of taking a screenshot on Android phones? Let us know in the comments down below.

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