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How to take a quick screenshot on an Android phone?

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How to take a quick screenshot on an Android phone?
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Screenshots are useful in many ways, and you've probably captured them on your computer, especially if your job entails explaining things to people. With these screenshots, you can easily show people what a computer screen looks like, and you can even add pointers to draw attention to certain parts of the screenshot.

Like desktop computers, Android devices also offer the option to capture screenshots. Android has had this feature for a long time and is available on most devices based on the OS.

Actually, there are various ways to take screenshots on Android devices. You can capture your screen using any of the following methods, depending on the device you have and your preferences.

Capture Screenshots on Android Using Keyboard Combinations

A convenient way to capture the current screen on a device is to use a key combination. Almost all included Android devices have a shortcut key that takes a picture of the current screen when pressed.

This key combination is not fixed and varies by device model. For example, a key combination that works on a OnePlus Android device might not work on a Samsung device, even if both run the same operating system.

How to take a quick screenshot on an Android phone?
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Here is a list of the keys you need to press to take a screenshot on various Android devices:

  • Google Pixel: Power + Volume Down
  • Samsung: Power + Volume Down
  • LG: Lock + Volume Down
  • HTC: Power + Home
  • OnePlus: Power + Volume Down
  • Motorola: Power + Volume Down
  • Sony: Power + Volume Down

Most devices use the "Power and Volume Down" key combination to capture screenshots. If you can't find a combination on the list that works for your device, use this generic combination, which should work in most cases.

Take a screenshot on Android using the power button

On Android devices, the Power button does more than just turn the device on and off. It can help you lock your device, unlock your device, restart your device and even take screenshots on your device. Most users know the usual function of the power button, but they may not know that the button also has a screen capture option. It can be accessed by opening the power menu on the device.

This works on most Android-based phones and tablets. Go to Screenshots, press and hold the power button on your device. A menu will pop up on the screen with some options. Click the option to show screenshots to capture screenshots.

A screenshot of the current Android screen will be captured and saved in the default screenshots folder on the Android device. Although you'll see the screenshot when you take a screenshot, it doesn't have the power menu. You can then find this screenshot using the file manager or gallery app on your device.

Take Screenshots on Android Devices Wirelessly

If you want to transfer the screenshot from the device to the computer after capturing the screenshot, you don't need to check the hassle because you can take the screenshot directly on the computer.

There is a utility that allows you to take screenshots of your Android device wirelessly on your computer. It's called AirDroid, and if you're a regular reader of the site (or if you've ever wanted to transfer files from Android to Mac or PC), you've probably heard of it.

Download, install and launch the AirDroid app on your Android device.

  • Click on AirDroid Web, and take note of the local IP address you see there.
  • Open a new browser tab on your computer and enter the IP address you noted earlier. Hit Enter and AirDroid will launch on your computer.
  • On the main interface of AirDroid on your computer, find and click the option to take a screenshot.
  • You'll immediately see your device's screen mirrored to your computer. Go to the screen on your device where you want to capture a screenshot and click the scissors icon on your computer.
  • Screenshots will be captured and saved on your computer.

You can also use AirDroid to save screenshots by clicking the down arrow icon next to the scissors icon to reveal the device itself. You can then choose a destination for the screenshot file.

Capture Android screen using Android Debug Bridge

ADB has many commands to help you perform actions on your Android device from your computer. This utility can be used with or without a cable, but setting up a wired connection is as easy as half a minute. After setting up the utility on your computer, all you have to do is issue a command and your Android screenshots will be captured.

Download and unzip the ADB Toolbox on your Windows, Mac or Linux based computer.

Go to settings, developer options, and enable USB debugging on the device.
Connect the device to the computer. Windows users should launch a command prompt window in the ADB folder.
Mac users need to launch Terminal and set the ADB folder as the current working directory.

Run the following commands on your computer to take screenshots.
adb shell screencap -p /sdcard/screenshot.png (Windows users)
adb shell screencap -p /sdcard/screenshot.png (Mac users)

Execute the following command to bring the screenshot to your computer.
adb pull/sdcard/screenshot. png (Windows users)
adb pull /sdcard/screenshot.png (Mac users)

You will find the screenshot image file at the root of the ADB folder. If you have any difficulty capturing screenshots, make sure you have allowed the USB debugging prompt on your Android device. This enables your computer to access your device.