How to Take Screenshot on Android, Complete Guide

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Either you are an Android developer, blogger or just want to save an image of your Android Phone’s screen to use it as a reference in future, it is important to know How to Take Screenshots on Android. There is several way to take Screenshots from Android phone or tablet. Here we will discuss few ways to take screenshot on Android.

How to take Screenshot on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher version Devices:

How to take Screenshot on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Devices

Taking screenshot on devices running Ice Cream Sandwich or higher is simple and easy. Just press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time. You’ll see an animation on the screen, indicating that the screenshot was saved. The image you just captured as screenshot will be saved in Gallery. Launch the Gallery app and tap Screenshots to view and share your screenshots.

Take screenshot on Android device running older version using Manufacturer Shortcuts :

galaxy s shorcut to take screenshot

Devices running on older version of Android does not have screenshot taking capability built-in OS. So, manufacturers has to develop their own technique and push it into the devices. We have seen different shortcuts on different devices. For example, on Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II (pre-Ice Cream Sandwich versions), you can press the Home and Power buttons at the same time to take a screenshot. On the Galaxy S, press and hold the Back button and the Power button, or try pressing the Back button and double-tapping the Home button. Here is a details guide: How to take Screenshot with Samsung Galaxy S without Rooting, no PC. You may have to do some search on google to find out screenshot shortcuts with your device model and manufacturer.

There is also some Android Apps available on Google Play Store which allows to take screenshot on specific devices without rooting them. Such as, Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab, and Galaxy S II (pre-ICS) users can use Screen Capture Shortcut Free to capture screenshots without rooting their phones. Another example of a device-specific app is AndroSS, which can take screenshots on Android without root access on Tegra devices. You may search on play store if there is an app for your device which will do the job without root access.

Take Screenshot on Android using Third party Apps with Root Access:

Take Screenshot on Android using AirDroid

There is many Android Apps available on Android Market which will let you take screenshot but the downside of this apps are they requires a rooted Android device. One of the best Free Android Apps for Screenshot Capture is AirDroid. The app was created to control your Android Phone from your desktop browser but also allows to easily capture screenshot from your device.