How to Get Screen Shot on Android

Charlotte Daniels

Android, Tutorials

Are you wondering how to capture a screenshot on your Android device? Well, you’ve come to the right place! In this tutorial, we will walk you through the simple steps to take a screenshot on your Android phone or tablet.

Method 1: Using Hardware Buttons

If your Android device has physical buttons, this method will work for you. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Locate the Power button: On most Android devices, the Power button is located on the right or left side of the device.
  2. Locate the Volume Down button: This button is usually located on the opposite side of the Power button.
  3. Press and hold both buttons simultaneously: Press and hold down the Power button and Volume Down button at the same time for a few seconds.
  4. Capture the screenshot: Once you hear a shutter sound or see a visual indication, it means that the screenshot has been captured successfully.

Note: The location of hardware buttons may vary depending on your Android device model. If you are unsure about which buttons to use, refer to your device’s user manual or search online for specific instructions.

Method 2: Using On-Screen Buttons

If your Android device does not have physical buttons or if they are not functioning properly, don’t worry! You can still capture screenshots using on-screen buttons. Follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the screen you want to capture: Open an app or navigate to a screen that you want to capture in the screenshot.
  2. Locate the Power button: The Power button is typically located on the top or side of your device.
  3. Locate the Volume Down button: On-screen buttons are usually displayed near the bottom of the screen. Look for a Volume Down icon or a downward-facing arrow.
  4. Simultaneously press the Power and Volume Down buttons: Press and hold down both buttons at the same time until you hear a shutter sound or see a visual indication.


If you are having trouble capturing screenshots on your Android device, here are a few tips to troubleshoot the issue:

  • Check if screenshot functionality is enabled: Go to your device’s Settings, then look for options related to “Screenshot” or “Screen capture.” Make sure this feature is enabled.
  • Restart your device: Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve minor software issues that may be affecting screenshot functionality.
  • Update your operating system: If you are using an outdated version of Android, it’s possible that there may be compatibility issues. Update your device’s operating system to the latest version available.

Congratulations! You now know how to capture screenshots on your Android device using both hardware and on-screen buttons. Whether you want to capture memorable moments from games, save important information, or share funny conversations with friends, taking screenshots on Android has never been easier!

Please note that some apps or screens may have restrictions on taking screenshots due to security or privacy reasons. Always respect these limitations and use screenshots responsibly.

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