Android screenshots seem easy. A few clicks save the screen to your phone. Android smartphones aren’t as standard as iPhones, therefore procedures vary by brand and OS version.
Samsung, Google, Motorola, and OnePlus phones all take screenshots. If you’re using the latest Android OS, you gain more features. Android screenshots explained.
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Recent Android devices take screenshots by pressing Power and Volume Down. Others require you to press the Power button and then select Screenshot.
On a Pixel phone, swipe up from the bottom to open recent apps, then hit Screenshot. Older phones with a front-mounted home button may need pressing Power and Home.
Google Assistant lets you snap screenshots by voice command. “OK Google, take a screenshot” completes the action.
For Samsung Galaxy devices with the S Pen stylus, hold down the button and scribble to snap a screenshot. Alternatively, remove the pen and press Smart Select. Choose a square, free, or circle capture area, then draw.
The shot should appear in your photo library after a “flash” and the sound of a shutter (if the sound is on).
A snapshot automatically captures the entire screen. Take a scrolling screenshot to capture a full page. In Android 12, snap a screenshot and wait for the toolbar to emerge.
Tap the Capture more button on devices running Android 12 and drag the screenshot window to capture the entire page. Save the screenshot when done. OnePlus phones auto-scroll unless you stop it.
Samsung Galaxy devices differ. Wait for the toolbar before taking a screenshot. Double-tap the arrow symbol to expand the screenshot. To add more displays, hit the same button.
Android phones can take screenshots with gestures. Manufacturers’ hand movements vary.
Later Pixel phones have Quick Tap, comparable to Apple’s Back Tap. Enable Quick Tap and set it to Screenshot in Settings > System > Gestures. Double-tap your phone’s back to snap a screenshot.
Navigate to the screen you wish to capture, then karate chop the phone. Swipe your hand from left to right. Set Palm swipe to capture under Settings > Advanced Features > Motion and gestures.
Swiping down with three fingers captures the Motorola or OnePlus screen. Set it up in the Moto app’s hamburger menu. Enable Three-finger screenshot in Moto Actions. Enable Three-finger screenshot in OnePlus Settings > Buttons & gestures > Quick gestures.
Accessibility Menu Screenshots
Android’s Accessibility Menu provides an easy-to-use button overlay. This will introduce a floating button that lets you take screenshots, navigate, control volume, and more.
With stock Android, go to Settings > Accessibility > Accessibility Menu, enable the shortcut, and grant permissions. OnePlus users can discover Accessibility under Settings > System, while Samsung users should go under Settings > Accessibility > Interaction and dexterity.
Android Screen Recorder Instructions
If you can’t capture a specific screen, use the built-in screen recorder. For Android 11 or higher, enter the quick settings menu and tap Screen recorder, then Start recording. After capturing the video, take a screenshot.
A toolbar appears that lets you sketch on the screen or switch on your camera. Toolbar and selfie window are movable. Long-press the Screen Recorder icon for further settings.