Taking Screenshots on Android devices is quite simple, but the method is not the same for all the Android devices. Before you get to know how to take Screenshots on Android devices, you must know the Android version you are using on your smartphone or tablet PC. If you have a comparatively New smartphone (Say, released after 2010), such as HTC M7/M8, Samsung Galaxy Note 2/3/4, Sony Xperia P/S/SL, LG G2/G3 or Google Nexus 4/5, then you would probably be running latest Android Versions like ICS, Jelly Bean, HoneyComb or KitKat which makes taking Screenshots on Androids mentioned, very easy and user-friendly.
If your Android Device is running an android version like Gingerbread or below, then method of taking a screenshot on such devices can be comparatively hard, but we will cover that later on.
Method for taking Screenshots on Android Devices running Android Versions like Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop or HoneyComb:
There are two types of methods that you can use for taking Screenshots on Android devices running versions like Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 or above.
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The first and simplest method to taking screenshots on android phones 4.0 or above is to just press and hold your device’s power button and volume down button simultaneously for a second or two. Once done, you will hear a Shutter Sound with the screen flashing once, which indicates that the Screenshot has been taken. There will be a notification in the drop down menu too from where you can use the screenshot taken or you can directly go to the Gallery and find it. But this method is not the same for all the Brands and their Android Devices. In some phones, like Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Note 3, Note 4, etc, you will instead be required to combine the home button with the volume down button. Once done, you will hear a Shutter Sound with the screen flashing once, which indicates that the Screenshot has been taken. There will be a notification in the drop down menu too from where you can use the screenshot taken or you can directly go to the Gallery and find it.
The second method is also quite simple, but not as user-friendly as the first method. On some of the devices ‘Take a screenshot‘ option becomes available once the Power off menu appears. Press and hold the power key for one to two seconds or until the power options screen appears. If, among available options, there is an option saying ‘Take a Screenshot‘, tap it. Your screenshot will be taken.
If you’re using a device that is running Android 2.3 and below than that then you are definitely going to need to install an application for taking a screenshot. This is where the issues become a little blurring as the potency of the screenshot applications depends upon the Application Developer and varies from device to device.
If you are ready to pay upfront for an application to enable you to take screenshots on your Android Device, and you don’t want to suffer from the fuss of rooting your Android device, then you should probably go for the application named “No Root Screenshot It”. Keep in mind that this application will guide you or ask you to download and install the free desktop version of this application on your Windows or Mac. Once done, you must run the desktop version with your phone attached to your computer. This will enable you to screenshot for android without root.
In case you are not willing to pay for a screenshot application, the only suggestion or advice we can propose is to search the Google Play store for related android screen capture app and try a number of applications based on their rating by users and filter an application that is compatible with your Android device.
You can produce a screenshot on any of the Android devices using Google’s Android SDK Application. After you have set up the application, all you are supposed to do is attach your Android device to your PC with its USB cable and run the SDK Application. This is not an easy going application for a screenshot, but it is easy to use once you have installed it.
There is an application by the name AShot. It is a free application, and is an open-source way for taking screenshots on your Android device via the PC. It needs the Android SDK installed on your computer and decently tacked. AShot provides a variety of benefits over the Android SDK screenshot feature. You will not have to keep pressing the Refresh key like the SDK. For further info, check the manual of AShot.
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