Taking Screenshots has become essential for our daily smartphone usage. Many of us need to take a snapshot of our phone’s screen for future reference or showing it to a friend or maybe even seeking help from tech support. Whatever may be the reason – we need this functionality. Thankfully, Google integrated the screenshot feature in Android in version 4.0 (IceCream Sandwich). In this article, we will enlighten you on how to take screenshots on various Android devices.
You just need to press a few button to take a screenshot. Here is the default way of taking a screenshot:
Many manufacturers integrate their devices with another method to take a screenshot. Here is how you can take a screenshot on your smartphone if it does not support the default mode.
Many Android devices come integrated with other methods of taking a screenshot, but Samsung believes in taking cue from various iOS functionalities (Apple takes inspiration from Samsung too). That is why it uses Home Button for capturing screenshots.
For example – the Samsung Galaxy S6 allows users to take a screenshot through a palm swipe gesture, where users just need to swipe their hand over the phone’s screen. The Palm just needs to slide slightly above the display without touching the screen. With the help of a sensor, the phone is able to take screenshots.
This method will work on Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 4, and Galaxy Note 5.
This method will work on most of the phones such as HTC One M8, HTC 10, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, LG G4, LG G5, LG V10, Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia M, and many more.
The Screenshot app is the number one app on Google’s Play store in its category. It is a dedicated app for taking screenshots with a user rating of 4.5/5. One of the highlights about the app is that it lets users trim and edit the screenshot as per their requirement. Your devices must be running Android 4.3 version or above to install the app.
Another third-party Android app for taking a screenshot is Screenshot Easy. This app allows users to choose the desired method for taking a screenshot. The user can make a choice between two combinations – Power Button + Home Button or Power Button + Volume Down Key. The app works on phones running Android 4.0 version or higher. It can be downloaded from the Play Store.
Android users who have Marshmallow (Android version 6.0) can use Google Now on Tap feature to take screenshots. It aims at providing contextual information to users from any screen. Users just need to press and hold the Home Button to start it.
Here’s how you can take a screenshot with Google Now on Tap:
Snapchat is a popular photo-sharing app that lets users send pictures and videos with an expiry duration of 10 seconds. Users cannot save the pictures or videos sent to them on Snapchat, but they can take a screenshot of those pictures. To maintain the sender’s privacy inside the app, Snapchat makers have introduced a new notification functionality that informs the sender whenever a screenshot of their media is taken. However, there is a workaround that enables taking a screenshot without the notification being sent to the sender.
Here’s how you can do it:
By following the above-given method, the sender will never get a notification about the screenshot taken by you.
To conclude, taking a screenshot on an Android device is a piece of cake. However, some devices use Home Button and Power Button combination while some use Volume Down Key and Power Button combination. We tried to list out all the possible methods for taking a screenshot on your Android device. In case we missed out on any method – please share it with us!