How to Take Screenshots with Android Phones

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You’d be surprised to see how many people don’t know that taking screenshots is even an option on Android.  But surprisingly, there is.  There’s an option in every android device to take screenshots of the display screen,and the process is as simple as taking a picture.  So if you wanted to share a game’s high score with your friends before but didn’t know how to, here’s how you can do it now:

Taking Screenshots:  

As mentioned before, the process is as simple as it can get. Here’s a step by step procedure for taking screenshots:

Step one: Choose the screen you want to capture. For this tutorial, I’ll use this great live wallpaper for my screenshot.

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Step two: Once you have selected the screen, press the combination of the power button and volume down button simultaneously. This is the standard combination for taking screenshots on almost every android device out there.  Some manufacturers like to provide custom combinations for some devices as well, but we won’t cover those details in this tutorial.

It is very important that you press the combination keys simultaneously, or you won’t take the screenshot. If the screenshot is taken successfully, you’ll get this notification:

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And once the screenshot is saved, a notification will appear :

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And there you have it! You just saved your first screenshot.  If you want to view the screenshot, all you have to do is open the notification panel and click on the screenshot notification.

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Accessing Screenshots:

Screenshots are just like normal pictures. You can use, send, share and delete them as you like. Once you start taking screenshots, they can be accessed from the gallery under the folder of “Screenshots”.  And in case you want to access them through a file manager, the screenshots are saved in SDcard –> Pictures –> Screenshots. You can even access the screenshots through a PC by connecting your android device to the PC and navigating to the folder.

However, If your device seems to be the one in a million which cannot take screenshots then no need to worry. There are a lot of apps available on the Google play store which allows you to take screenshots. A popular choice for a screenshot app is the Screenshot ER and Screenshot UX. However, some apps require the phone to be rooted first. There’s also an app No Root Screenshot It which does not require root access in order to take screenshots.

And now that you know how to take a screenshot, start sharing game high scores and hilarious texts with your peers and friends today


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