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Tutorial: How to take a screenshot on Android phones

Taking a screenshot on a laptop can involve a tricky key configuration, lending some people to believe a screenshot on their Android phone to be equally awkward. The reality is that the Android platform has come along way in recent years in terms of functionality and taking a screenshot on Android phones couldn’t be simpler.

Android Smartphones released in the past few years that run HoneyComb, Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Been, all contain simple screenshot options. If you are running Android 2.3 or an earlier version things are a little more complicated and will be discussed later.

For those with the more recent systems, there are two incredibly simple options for taking a screenshot on any phone Android Ice Cream Sandwich and above.

Option 1:

Simply press and hold the volume down button and the power button simultaneously. Hold until you hear the shutter sound. A notification will be automatically generated for access to the screenshot.

Option 2:

Simply hold the power button until the menu screen appears asking you if you want to power off. You will see an option for Take a Screenshot in the menu and will capture the screen behind the menu.


Those with an earlier version than Android 2.3 will need to download an app from the app store specifically designed for taking screenshots.

Unfortunately the quality of the apps available varies considerably and a little research into user feedback is advised.

Popular free screenshot apps include Screenshot UX Trial, an app that doesn’t require a phone to be rooted, a common requirement for some apps and an even more complicated process to go through.


Screenshot Ultimate is another popular app that doesn’t require phone rooting. It features 4 new capture methods and quality settings. Beware though as this app hasn’t worked for everyone.