Take screenshots on Android phone without losing your mind

It’s pretty easy to take a screenshot on an Android phone if you know the basics.

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As with most things android, you have many options when taking a screenshot with your phone. Of the Samsung Galaxy S22 to the OnePlus 10 Pro and Google Pixel 6, the range and variety of Android phones is huge. They all let you take screenshots, but it’s not as simple as pressing a single button, and shortcuts vary from device to device.

Taking screenshots with Android can be tricky and sometimes frustrating, especially if you’re trying to capture a specific scene in motion, such as in a video clip or game, which will quickly disappear. And if you’re not careful with your buttons, you could accidentally shut down or restart your phone.

Read on to learn all about the basic method of taking a screenshot on Android phones, as well as a complete overview of screenshot shortcuts on Samsung, Google Pixel, and Motorola devices.

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Take a screenshot on your Android device

You can take a screenshot on almost any Android phone or tablet by quickly press the volume down and power buttons† Just press them in at the same time — just for a brief moment — and when you let go, you’ll hear a camera shutter sound, your screen flashes, and you’ll see a thumbnail of your screenshot appear at the bottom of your screen.

If for some reason that doesn’t work, keep the . pressed flow for a few seconds, then tap Screenshot when it appears on your screen

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You can quickly take a screenshot on the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the Pixel 6 by pressing the volume down and power buttons.

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If you want a long, scrolling screenshot (only available on Android 12), take a screenshot as usual, but this time tap the icon with two arrows in the screenshot example. It may also be labeled “Capture More.” Each time you tap the two arrows, the screenshot lengthens until you reach the bottom of the page.

It’s also important to get the timing right. If you hold down the buttons for too long or release them too quickly, you may find yourself staring at your phone while waiting for it to do something, and still nothing happens. Or worse, you may go to the reboot screen and not know how to go back (just press the home button). Take a few minutes to practice both methods if you find it difficult to activate the screenshot functionality on your phone. It will save you some headaches in the future.

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Samsung Galaxy phones have several ways for you to take the perfect screenshot.

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Samsung’s long list of screenshot tools

Samsung has additional ways to take a screenshot on a Galaxy phone.

Swipe to capture: To enable the palm swipe gesture, go to SettingsAdvanced FeaturesMovements and Gestures and slide the switch next to Palm swipe to capture to the on position. With that option enabled, slide the edge of your hand from the left edge of the screen to the right to take a screenshot. It might feel a little weird at first, but it’s a more reliable method for someone who struggles with the timing of the combination of buttons.

Use your voice: As long as Bixby Voice or Google Assistant is enabled, you can use a voice command to take a screenshot. Just say, “Take a screenshot” and one of the two assistants should be able to capture your screen without using your hands.

S Pen: Remove the S Pen stylus and go to the screen you want to capture. Now tap the Air Command Menu IconWrite screen to take a screenshot of the page you are on. You can then use the S Pen to write or draw on the screenshot. Press on the Save icon when you are done.

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Swipe up and then tap Screenshot to quickly capture your screen on the Pixel 6.

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The Pixel 6’s own trick

As long as you’re running Android 12, you can use a unique swipe gesture to take a screenshot on the Pixel 6. All you have to do is swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold your finger on the screen for a second† This will open your app drawer, where all your recently opened apps will appear. Tap to capture your screen Screenshot.

In addition, the Google Assistant only allows you to take a screenshot on the Pixel with your voice. And it doesn’t have to stop there. You can say something like, “Hey Google, take a screenshot and send it to Mom” ​​to perform various actions with just one voice command.

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Motorola’s screenshot tool is pretty cool too.

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And Motorola’s unique screenshot feature

owns a Motorola phone† It’s packed with special gestures for things like opening the camera with a quick pulse or, as it turns out, taking a screenshot.

You need to enable it by opening the Moto app in your app drawer and then . to select Moto promotions and tap Three-finger screenshot from the list of options. There is a quick demo built into the settings section that allows you to try it out before enabling the feature. The process involves placing three fingers at the same time, slightly spaced, on the screen until you see a screenshot.

If your Android phone has a favorite screenshot method that you’d like to share, leave a comment below and we’ll add it to this post.

And if you want to keep up to date with the latest offerings from Google, check out Android 13, which includes updated privacy features, themed icons, and new language controls. However, Android 12 is still there, and you can dive into it with your head our favorite hidden Android 12 features† To learn more about the latest in Android devices, visit CNET’s first look at the Galaxy S22S22 Ultra and Galaxy Tab S8† They were all revealed on Samsung’s February Unpacked Eventand if you’re interested in how the three phones measure up, check out our setup comparison

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