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Taking a screenshot on your Android device sounds like a simple task. You just need to press a few buttons and the screen is saved on your phone. However, Android devices are not as uniform as the iPhone, so the methods may differ depending on the device manufacturer and the version of the operating system you are using.

Phones from Samsung, Google, Motorola, and OnePlus all have built-in screenshot capabilities. And if you’re using the latest version of the Android operating system, you get even more features. Here’s how to take a screenshot on your Android phone.


How to Take a Screenshot on Any Android Phone

Google Pixel 4a 5G (Credit: Steven Winkelman)

Newer Android devices have standardized the screenshot action by pressing the power and volume down buttons simultaneously. Others may ask you to press the power button and then select Screenshot from the menu.

On a Pixel phone, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open your recent apps, then tap Screenshot to capture the current application. Older phones with a physical home button on the front may require you to press the power and home buttons simultaneously.

If your phone has Google Assistant, you can use a voice command to ask it to take a screenshot for you. Say something like “OK Google, take a screenshot” and the action is done.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra with S Pen

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra with S Pen (Credit: Molly Flores)

For Samsung Galaxy devices using the S Pen, you can hold down the S Pen button and doodle on the screen to take a screenshot. Another method is to remove the stylus from the phone and press Smart selection from the menu. You can then choose between a square, free or circular capture area, then draw to capture the screen.

There will be a “flash” on the screen and the sound of a shutter (if you have sound), then the photo should appear in your photo library.


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Scrolling screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy s20 FE (Credit: PCMag)

By default, a screenshot will capture whatever is currently on screen. If you want to capture an entire page, however, you’ll need to take a scrolling screenshot. Standardized in Android 12, you just need to take a screenshot and then wait for the screenshot toolbar to appear.

For devices running standard Android 12, like Google Pixel phones, tap the Capture more and drag the screenshot window until it captures the entire page. When ready, press to safeguard to finalize the screenshot. If you’re using a OnePlus phone, the screen will automatically scroll until you tell it to stop.

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Scrolling screenshot on Google Pixel 6 Pro (Credit: Google)

Things are slightly different for Samsung Galaxy devices. Take your screenshot and wait for the toolbar to appear. Tap the double down arrow icon to enlarge the screenshot by one screen. You can keep pressing the same button to add as many screens as needed.


How to take a screenshot with gestures

Your Android phone will also allow you to take a screenshot with certain gestures. However, the specific hand movement required will differ by manufacturer.

Pixel 4a 5G and later phones have access to Quick Tap, a feature similar to Apple’s Back Tap. Go to Settings > System > Gestures > Quick pressthen activate Press quickly and set the associated action to Screenshot. You can then take a screenshot by double tapping the back of your phone.

For Samsung Galaxy users, navigate to the screen you want to capture, then position your hand as if planning to slash the phone in karate. Slide the whole side of your hand along the screen from left to right. Configure it (or disable it) in Settings > Advanced Features > Motions & Gestures > Palm swipe to capture.

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You can capture your Motorola or OnePlus phone screen by swiping down with three fingers. Motorola owners can set it up from the hamburger menu in the Moto app. Faucet Motorcycle gestures and activate Three-finger screenshot. OnePlus users can open Settings > Buttons and gestures > Quick gestures and activate Three-finger screenshot.


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Android accessibility menu on the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE running Android 12 (Credit: PCMag)

If you want an easy-to-use button overlay, enable the Accessibility menu on your Android device. This will introduce a floating button that will give you the option to take a screenshot, navigate your screen, control volume, power off the device, and more.

With stock Android OS, you can enable this feature from Settings > Accessibility > Accessibility Menu, then enable the shortcut and grant the necessary permissions. OnePlus users will find accessibility features under Settings > Systemwhile Samsung owners should look under Settings > Accessibility > Interaction and Dexterity.


How to Use Android Screen Recorder

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Screen recorder on Samsung Galaxy S20 FE running Android 11

If you’re having trouble getting a screenshot of a specific screen, you might have better luck using the built-in screen recording feature. For anyone running Android 11 or higher, you can open the phone’s quick settings menu and tap screen recorderthen Start recording to record your screen. Once the video is captured, just take a screenshot of the video.

A toolbar will appear that will allow you to draw on the screen or turn on your front camera. The toolbar and selfie window can be moved around the screen as desired. For additional settings, long press the Screen Recorder quick settings icon.

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