Android Screenshot: How to Take a Screenshot

Since Android 4.0, it is quite easy to take a screenshot on Android. Most of the time, this works by simply pressing the power button and the volume down button at the same time. But sometimes things turn out differently. We show you how you can create a screenshot on different Android smartphones.

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How to take a screenshot on Android

Since the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, the screenshot process has become standardized. Most of the time it works like this:

  • Volume down button + power button

You have to press the power button and the volume down button at the same time for a few seconds and wait for the corresponding animation and sound for recording. The screenshot you just created can be found in the gallery or internal memory under Pictures/Screenshots or DCIM/Screenshots.

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Volume down and power button mostly take a screenshot. / © NextPit

Take screenshot on Samsung smartphones

With newer Galaxy smartphones like the Galaxy S20 and Note 20, create your screenshots as described above. There is no longer a physical home button here. However, with older models, a different key combination leads to the goal:

  • Home button + power button

However, with newer models, there is another way to take a screenshot: with a gesture.

  1. To go settings
  2. choose movements and gestures
  3. Activate the option below Screenshot

You can now slide the edge of your hand from right to left across the screen to take a screenshot. This does not work when the on-screen keyboard is active.

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You can also take screenshots with the S-Pen. / © NextPit

Samsung Galaxy Note and the S Pen

If you have a Galaxy Note with an S-Pen, you can also take screenshots with it. Samsung offers you several options. Open the S-Pen command menu and select:

  • smart selection: You can use the S-Pen to select the desired area of ​​the screen and take a screenshot of it. It can be used in notes and can be found in the corresponding folder.
  • screenshot note: The entire screen is captured and you can use different colors to mark.
  • S-Pen button: You can press the S-Pen on the screen and press the S-Pen button at the same time to take a screenshot.

Take screenshot on Google Pixel

Google’s Pixel phones run Stock Android, the purest version of the operating system. With these smartphones you can take a screenshot as follows:

  1. press the start button and the power button simultaneously
  2. hold the power button Press and select the option displayed on the screen to take a screenshot.
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With Google Pixel you can take a screenshot with the power button! / © NextPit

Take screenshot on Xiaomi smartphones

If you’re using a Xiaomi smartphone, you have three different options for creating screenshots:

  1. You can use the traditional key combination power button Y volume down button use
  2. Choose the option Screenshot in the notification bar
  3. Swipe down on the screen with three fingers at the same time.
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With Xiaomi you have different options to take a screenshot. / © NextPit

Take screenshot on LG smartphones

LG uses the classic key combination, but on older models, the operation becomes a bit more complicated due to the position of the keys. Alternatively, you can also use QMemo+/Capture+.

On devices like LG G8, LG G7, LG V30, V30s and V40 ThinQ, the buttons are placed to make the combo easier to use.

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You can easily take a screenshot on your LG smartphone. / © NextPit

Take screenshot on HTC smartphones

There are no surprises at HTC. You can also use the standard key combination here. However, you can also use the power button and home button combination, if available.

On newer models without a home button, only the key combination is skipped power button Y volume down button.

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HTC is based on the classic combination of keys. / © NextPit by Irina Efremova

Take a screenshot on Huawei and Honor smartphones

On Huawei and Honor smartphones, you have several options to take a screenshot:

  1. Use the default keyboard shortcut volume down button Y power button.
  2. Use the screenshot shortcut in the notification bar.
  3. Activate gesture controls, then double-tap the screen to take a screenshot.
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With Huawei and Honor you can take a screenshot with your knuckle! / © NextPit

Take a screenshot on OnePlus smartphones

You can take a screenshot on a OnePlus smartphone as follows:

  1. Press at the same time volume down button and the Power button
  2. For older models, select the appropriate option from the menu that appears after pressing the power button. You may need to turn this on in settings beforehand
  3. Swipe down on the screen with three fingers to take a screenshot
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With OnePlus you have different options to save a screenshot. / © NextPit

Take screenshot on Nokia smartphones

You also have several options with Nokia:

  1. Press at the same time volume down button and the power switch
  2. Press and hold the power button and select the appropriate function.
  3. Select the screenshot option in the notification bar. This is not available on all models.
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The standard key combination will also get you further with Nokia. / © NextPit

Take screenshot on Sony smartphones

The Japanese manufacturer chooses the standard form. Press at the same time volume down button and the power button and take a screenshot.

This is how screenshots of the entire window content are created

With some smartphones, you can also take screenshots of the entire contents of the window, even if it contains more than what is displayed on the screen. These so-called scrollshots are particularly useful for long texts and websites. The software will take a screenshot and then scroll down to take another.

If your smartphone doesn’t have this function, you can download Stitch Long Screen app. You can then take multiple screenshots and add them to one.

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You can also take longer screenshots. / © NextPit

This is how you create a screenshot video

Some Sony models allow you to record screen content as a video. Just hold down the power button to access this. The recordings end up in MP4 format in /Movies/ScreenRecords.

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With Sony you can easily create videos. / © NextPit

Huawei allows you to create a screenshot video with the knuckle gesture. With the Mate 20 Pro, you simply double-tap the screen to record a video.

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You can also record the videos with audio. / © NextPit

If your smartphone doesn’t offer this feature, you can download AZ Screen Recorder from Play Store. You can make comments using the microphone of your smartphone.

Where to find the captured screenshots

As soon as you have taken a screenshot, you will find it in the photo gallery. There is a special folder called Screenshots.

What smartphone do you use and how do you take screenshots there?