How to take a screenshot on an Android phone

Learn how to take screenshots or screenshots like a pro on Android.

It may seem basic in the current times, but did you know that until version 4.0 of the system it was not possible take screenshots on Android? In order to perform an action that now seems extremely simple, it was necessary to resort to third-party applications or services, which in some cases even required super-user permissions, or to be lucky that the manufacturer in question had already adopted this functionality.

Luckily things have changed. Currently, it is possible take screenshots on any Android mobile, whatever its version or the customization layer with which its corresponding manufacturer has decided to dirty the operating system. In this guide we explain the different ways to take a screenshot or screenshot that you can use, whatever your device.

Screenshot on Android

Taking a screenshot can be different depending on the mobile you use.

Screenshots on Android: how to take them whatever your device.

As I was saying, depending on the mobile you use, you may need to use one or the other method to make a screenshot It will be stored in the memory of the mobile as an image, so that you can later share it through applications such as WhatsApp. Next, we’ll look at all the ways you can use to take a screenshot.

The basic and universal form

Whatever your Android mobile, there is a combination of buttons to take a screenshot. This method is the most used for the simple fact of being the most widespread among the devices of the different manufacturers. Also, this is the fastest way to take a screenshot.

In the vast majority of Android mobiles, button combination necessary to take a screenshot is power button + volume down button. However, it is possible that the manufacturer of your mobile has decided to change the method and modify the combination of buttons so that it is necessary press the power button and the volume up button at once.

Using the Google Assistant

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You can ask Google Assistant to take a screenshot for you.

The Google Assistant, currently natively included in the vast majority of devices – all those with a version higher than Android 5 Lollipop – also has the ability to take screenshots. In this case, the process is as simple as executing the wizard, either through voice or with a long press on the home button, and select the “Share screenshot” option.

In this case, yes, the capture is not stored in the memory of the phone, and therefore it will not appear in the gallery, but the assistant will encourage us to share the photograph that we have captured through a third-party app. In case you want to save it, you can choose upload the image to Google Photos.

Take a screenshot on a Samsung mobile

If you have a Samsung smartphone, the method of capturing the screen will depend on the age of the device. On button models home physical – that is, all those prior to the Galaxy S8 and Note8-, the process consists of pressing the button to turn on the device simultaneously next to the button home.

Instead, if you have a more modern model that lacks a physical button on the front Like a Galaxy S20 or Galaxy A50, you can use the native Android method: power button + volume down button.

Take a screenshot on a Huawei mobile

Huawei uses two different methods to take screenshots. The first is the native form of Android: power button + volume down button simultaneously. However, in some models, mainly in the P and Mate ranges, it is possible to capture using a double tap on the screen with the knuckles of your hand.

Take a screenshot on a Xiaomi or Redmi mobile

As great as the differences between MIUI and Android stock are, some features of Google’s operating system remain in the software of Xiaomi mobiles. Luckily, one of these features is the method of taking screen captures, since it is enough to hold the volume down and power buttons to capture the screen of your Redmi, POCO, Black Shark or Mi smartphone.

Take a screenshot on an LG mobile

LG is another of the brands that bet on the classic method of taking screenshots. Just as in AOSP, simply perform a press the volume down button and the power button. It is necessary to take into account, however, that some older South Korean models have the power button on its back.

Take a screenshot on an OPPO or realme mobile

OPPO and realme mobiles share the same software base, and therefore it is not surprising that in many ways they are practically the same. One of those aspects is the process for capturing.

The brand itself suggests following the usual process of Simultaneously press the power and volume down buttons for one or two seconds to take a capture. However, there is also the possibility of activating a mode that allows make a screenshot sliding three fingers from top to bottom on the screen. In case this option is not available, it will be necessary to activate it from the device settings.

Take a screenshot on a Motorola mobile

With software so similar to Google Pixel, it’s no wonder that Motorola also use the basic method to take screenshots on your phones. Thus, the brand itself indicates that, to make screenshots on their phones, just keep the power button and volume down pressed for three seconds simultaneously.

Take a screenshot on a OnePlus mobile

OnePlus too follow the classical method Android screenshots, allowing capture the screen with a two-second press on the power button and decrease volume simultaneously.

Additionally, the company offers the possibility of enable an option that allows you to capture the screen by sliding three fingers on it. This option is activated in the system settings, within the “Gestures and buttons” section.

Take a screenshot on a Sony mobile

Sony has a somewhat unusual way of taking screenshots, since it is necessary to access the mobile shutdown menu to access this function. Therefore, to make a capture on an Xperia mobile, you have to take a long press on the power button, and press on the screenshot shortcut.

On the other hand, it is also possible to perform the classic Android key combination: power button + volume down button simultaneously, to capture the screen of a Japanese phone.

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