Take screenshots on an Android phone without losing your mind

It’s pretty easy to take a screenshot on an Android phone once 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 selection and variety of Android phones is huge. All of them 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 difficult and sometimes frustrating, especially when you’re trying to capture a specific scene in motion – like in a video clip or game – that quickly disappears. 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 default way to take a screenshot on Android phones, as well as a full breakdown of screenshot shortcuts on Samsung, Google Pixel, and Motorola devices.

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How to take a screenshot on your Android device

Almost any Android phone or tablet lets you take a screenshot Quickly press the volume down and power buttons. Just press them down at the same time – just for a brief moment – and when you release you’ll hear a camera shutter sound, your screen will flash, and you’ll see a thumbnail of your screenshot below.

If for some reason that doesn’t work, hold down the energy 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 Pixel 6 by pressing the volume up 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 tap this time Two arrows icon in the screenshot preview. It could also be labeled “Capture more.” Each time you tap the two arrows, the screenshot will lengthen until you reach the bottom of the page.

It is also important to find the right timing. If you hold the buttons down too long or release them too quickly, you might stare at your phone, waiting for it to do something, and yet nothing happens. Or worse, you get to the restart screen and don’t know how to go back (just press the home button). Take a few minutes to practice both methods if you’re having trouble triggering the screenshot feature on your phone. It will save you some headaches in the future.

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Samsung’s Galaxy phones have multiple ways you can take the perfect screenshot.

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Samsung’s long list of screenshot tools

Samsung has additional ways you can take a screenshot on a Galaxy phone.

Swipe to capture: To activate the palm swipe gesture, you must walk settings > Advanced features > movements and gestures and slide the switch next to it Swipe palm to capture to the on Position. When enabled, slide the edge of your hand from the left edge of the display to the right to take a screenshot. It might feel a little strange at first, but it’s a more reliable method for someone struggling with keybind timing.

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

S pen: Remove the S Pen stylus and go to the screen you want to capture. Now tap on the Air command menu icon > write screen to take a screenshot of the page you are on. You can then write or draw on the screenshot with the S Pen. Beat those Save on computer icon when 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 trick of the Pixel 6

As long as you’re running Android 12, you can take a screenshot on the Pixel 6 with a unique swipe gesture. 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, which will show all your recently opened apps. To record your screen, tap screenshot.

Additionally, Google Assistant lets you take a screenshot on the Pixel using just your voice. And it doesn’t have to stay that way. You can say something like “Hey Google, take a screenshot and send it to Mom” ​​to perform multiple actions with just a single voice command.

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Motorola’s screenshot tool is pretty cool too.

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And Motorola’s unique screenshot feature

own a Motorola phone? It’s packed with dedicated gestures for things like opening the camera with a quick flick of the wrist, or, it turns out, taking a screenshot.

You have to activate it by opening the Moto app in your app drawer and then selecting Moto Actions and knock Three finger screenshot from the options list. There is a short demo built into the settings panel so you can try it out before enabling the feature. The process consists of placing three fingers on the screen at the same time, slightly spread, until you see a captured screenshot.

If your Android phone has a favorite screenshot method that you want 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, take a first look at Android 13, which includes updated privacy features, themed icons, and new voice controls. However, Android 12 is still there and you can dive headfirst into it our favorite hidden Android 12 features. For more information on the latest developments in the world of Android devices, visit CNET’s first look at the Galaxy S22, S22 Ultra and Galaxy Tab S8. They have all been revealed Samsung’s Unpacked event in Februaryand if you’re interested in how the three phones compare, check out ours Lineup Comparison.