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How do I take a screenshot on an Android phone?

Screenshot Android phone
Spoiler: by pressing buttons...

If you want to capture something for posterity – be it a new high score in an Android game or ill-advised celebrity tweet – you’ll need to take a screenshot. Luckily, this is an incredibly easy process, although it does involve a bit of finger gymnastics. Here’s how to take a screenshot on an Android phone.

There are three ways of taking a screengrab, which should cover every Android phone. If, however, you use a different method – or none of the below work for you – let us know in the comments section.

Whichever method you use, your screenshot will be saved in the photos app (sometimes in a separate “Screenshots”) folder for editing and sharing.

Screenshot on an Android phone: Method one

Okay, pencil at the ready? Here we go… hold down both the power button and volume down button (this will usually be part of the volume rocker) at the same time until the screen goes white and clicks. And that’s it. Finito.

Method two (power down)

This technique only works on certain Android phones (mine excluded): hold down the power button until you see a menu that says “Take a screenshot” along with other options such as “Power off” and “Restart”. Tap the option and the phone will do its magic, capturing that embarrassing Facebook post for future generations.

Method three (speak easy)

If you’re living in the future and have Google Assistant enabled on your smartphone, you can use your dulcet tones to take a “screenie”. Simply say “Okay Google, take a screenshot” and the voice assistant will do exactly that.

However, we can’t really see the point when the other methods are so easy…

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Max Figgett

Max has written for numerous websites and magazines over the years. Whether it’s about ancient hardware or software secrets, no Big Tech Question is too obscure for him to tackle.

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