Taking screenshots is a handy skill to have. You may want to take a screenshot to help explain something to someone, or for even keeping future references of something like someone’s Instagram’s story that will, sure, not be there after 24 hours.
Either way, being able to take screenshots on Android phone is a handy trick everyone should be armed with. This article offers a complete guide on how you can take a screenshot on your Android device.
Depending on your phone’s Android Operating System, this guide should have you covered either way. Android phones are quite complicated when it comes to doing stuff since many manufacturers choose to tune their devices their own way.
How to take a screenshot on Android
- Open the screen you want to capture
- Press and hold the volume down and power buttons at the same time. Some phones take screenshots instantly without holding the buttons down for a few seconds. A good example of that is OnePlus 8 Pro and Xiaomi’s Redmi K20 Pro, otherwise called Mi 9T Pro in Europe. Google Pixel 4XL will need you to hold both buttons down for a moment first. Depending on your android manufacturer, that may vary. One nifty addition to some phones is that you can take long screenshots. Some Samsung phones have this feature where you can scroll down the page to capture a long page beyond the display’s view.
- You’ll see a flash on your screen and a little thumbnail of the screenshot hanging at the bottom or at the top of your phone’s display then disappear. You can tap on the thumbnail to quickly edit the screenshot.
How to take a screenshot in Android 11
If you’re running Android 11, there’s a better way to take a screenshot that pressing the volume down and power button.
In Android 11, the recent apps menu has been revamped and is now added with an option to capture screenshots as well as a new share button. You can view the recent apps menu by swiping up from the bottom of your screen then holding – for gesture navigation.
If you still fancy buttons, then press the recent button to access the menu. Just tap on the screenshot option to capture the screen of the recent app.
Some phones like Xiaomi’s MIUI phones even include a screenshot shortcut in the Quick settings menu. Besides, some phones also allow screesnhotting but just swiping the screen top to bottom using three fingers – like in some Xiaomi phones.
Where to find taken screenshots on Android
- Tap on Library at the bottom
In your file explorer you can find saved screenshots by going to DCIM > Screenshots