Take screenshots on Android phone without losing your mind

It is quite simple to capture a screenshot on an Android phone if you know the basics.

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As with most things android, you have a lot of options when taking a screenshot with your phone. Of Galaxy S22 to OnePlus 10 Pro and Google Pixel 6, the range and variety of Android phones are vast. They all let you take screenshots, but it’s not as easy as pressing a single button, and the 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 moving scene – like in a music video or game – that will quickly fade away. And if you’re not careful with your buttons, you could accidentally turn off or restart your phone.

Read on to learn all about the standard way to take a screenshot on Android phones, plus 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 all Android phones or tablets allow you to take a screenshot by quickly pressing the volume down and power buttons. Just press it at the same time – only 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 displayed at the bottom of your screen.

If for some reason it doesn’t work, press and hold Power for a few seconds, then press 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 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 two arrows icon in the screenshot preview. It may also be labeled “Capture more”. Each time you press the two arrows, it will extend the length of the screenshot until you reach the bottom of the page.

Also, it is important to have the right timing. If you hold the buttons down too long or release too quickly, you might find yourself staring at your phone waiting for it to do something, and yet nothing will happen. Or worse, you can get to the reboot screen and not know how to get 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. This will save you headaches in the future.

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Samsung’s Galaxy phones have several ways to take the perfect screenshot.

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Samsung’s long list of screenshot tools

Samsung offers other ways to take a screenshot on a Galaxy phone.

Swipe to capture: To enable palm swipe gesture, you need to go to Settings > Advanced Features > Movements and gestures and slide the switch next to Swipe palm to capture to On position. When enabled, swipe the edge of your hand from the left edge of the screen to the right side to take a screenshot. It might seem a little weird at first, but it’s a more reliable method for someone who’s struggling with the timing of the combo pressing the button.

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

S-stylus: Take out the S Pen and point to the screen you want to capture. Now press the Air command menu icon > Screen writing to take a screenshot of the page you are on. You can then use the S Pen to write or draw on the screenshot. Hit it Save icon when you are done.

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

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The Pixel 6 trick

As long as you’re using Android 12, you can use a single 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 of your recently opened apps will appear. To capture your screen, tap Screenshot.

Additionally, you can use Google Assistant to take a screenshot on the Pixel with just your voice. And we must not stop there. You can say something like “Hey, Google, take a screenshot and send it to mom” to perform multiple actions with 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 full of special gestures for things like opening the camera with a quick twist of the wrist or, it turns out, to take a screenshot.

You’ll need to enable it by opening the Moto app in your app drawer, then selecting Motorcycle gestures and typing Three-finger screenshot in the list of options. There’s a quick demo built into the settings section that lets you try it out before enabling the feature. The process involves placing three fingers, somewhat apart, on the screen at the same time until you see a captured screenshot.

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

And if you’re looking 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 language controls. However, Android 12 is still there, and you can dive headfirst into our favorite hidden Android 12 features. To learn more about the latest Android devices around the world, check out CNET’s first look at the Galaxy S22, S22 Ultra and Galaxy Tab S8. They were all revealed to Samsung’s February Unpacked Eventand if you’re interested in how the three phones measure up, check out our range comparison.

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