How to Take a Screenshot on Android

A screenshot is worth a thousand characters.
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You can take a screenshot of anything that appears on the Android screen. If you're running the latest version of Android, you can take a screenshot from within the power menu. Older editions often require a special button combination. If you're not sure what to do, this is a great place to start!

If you're looking to record your screen, see our guide on how to screen record on Android.

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Android screenshot captured

You can take a screenshot from within the power menu popup window.

  1. Press and hold the power button to open the menu.
  2. Look for Screenshot in the list of options.
  3. Tap Screenshot to take a picture of your screen.

If the screenshot was successful, you will see a notification at the top that says Screenshot Captured.

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Older versions of Android don't have the screenshot option in the power menu. For older phones, try using the following button combination:

  1. Press and hold power and volume down for a few seconds.
  2. Look for a notification that a screenshot was captured.
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Android Gallery

Your screenshots will automatically show up in your Android images Gallery.

  1. Open the Apps menu.
  2. Look for the Gallery app.
  3. Search for your screenshot under recent images.
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Some phone manufacturers, like Samsung or Huawei, apply their own features on top of the base Android software. For example, Samsung users can swipe across the touch screen with the side of their palm to take a screenshot. It's possible your phone also has a unique trigger for taking screenshots.

  1. Find your phone model and manufacturer.
  2. Search online for your model and how to take a screenshot. Look to the manufacturer as a source when possible.
  3. Test any additional methods you find to see if you can take a screenshot.
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If you want a little more out of your screenshots, you may want to look into a screenshot app. Many of these apps have extra features that make the screenshot taking and sharing process much easier. Here are a few highly rated ones from the Google Play store to get you started.

  • Screenshot - This app was developed by Geeks Lab and comes with a few editing features in addition to the screenshot tools.
  • Screenshot - Developed by lovekara, this tool helps manage newly taken screenshots and lets you save them in unique locations.
  • Screenshot Easy - This app, created by Ice Cold Apps, has widgets, overlays, and fun triggers to initiate both screenshots and screen recording.
  • Screenshot touch - This screenshot app was developed by Daejeong Kim and comes with a few different screenshot features—including a webpage scroll capture feature.