How to Take a Screenshot on Android (+3 Free Screenshot Apps)

August 20, 2018

Looking to save a funny text your mom just sent you?

A recent Google search that you're planning on referring to later? A weird Snapchat your best friend sent you?

Let's put your screenshot knowledge to the test.  

How to take a screenshot on Android

With over 24,000 devices, how could you not choose Android over Apple? 

P.S: Just in case you did choose an iPhone, know that we have a resource for you, too. 

Learn more: How to Take a Screenshot on iPhone →

Their phones have seemingly limitless capabilities, one of which is taking screenshots. Below, we're going to go over the steps you need to take so that you can capture any virtual moment. 

For now, let’s focus on the Android aficionados. 

Here are the basic instructions of how to take a screenshot with some of the latest and greatest Androids:

Those are the basics to taking a screenshot on your Android phone, but did you know there are a few other ways to get the job done? 

The home button technique

While the Android standard shortcut works for phones, it doesn't work for all. Older versions of the Samsung phones still have physical home buttons, which manufacturers designed to be a part of the screenshot shortcut. If you have a Samsung S7 or earlier, you might want to give this a shot:

Samsung Galaxy S7 screenshot

  1.  Press and hold the power and home buttons down
  2. Listen for an audible "click" or camera shutter noise and look for a white flash around the border of your screen
  3. An on-screen confirmation will appear
  4. Screenshots are saved to your Photos or Gallery app automatically, in the Screenshots folder

The swipe technique

On the Samsung Galaxy S8 – and many other Galaxy phones – this is a neat little party trick. Before you try it, be sure to confirm that this feature is enabled. You can do this in one of two ways: 

  1. Settings > Advanced Features > Palm swipe to capture
  2. Settings > Motions and Gestures > Palm swipe to capture

Once you have the settings enabled, simply hold your hand as if you're about to karate chop a block of wood. Put the side of your hand on the phone and swipe from left to right. Then, listen for an audible "click" and watch for a white flash around the border of your screen.

android screenshot

Your screenshot will be saved to your Photos or Gallery app automatically in a Screenshots folder. 

The FREE third-party app technique

Even if you're able to take a screenshot using the methods that Android provides you on your phone, some of these apps go above and beyond the standard screenshot. 

1. AZ Screen Recorder

AZ Screen Recorder
Source: Google Play

4.6/5 stars and over one million reviews, the AZ Screen Recorder is capable of not only screenshots, but screen recording. With no root required, this ad-free app lets you record HD and FullHD videos. It's the only screencast app in the Android market that has the capability to be paused and resumed while recording. 

The app is free, with in-app products ranging from $1.49 - $9.99.

2. Screen Master

Screen Master
Source: Google Play

4.6/5 stars and more than 19,000 reviews, Screen Master is capable of not only taking a screenshot, but allowing users to edit them, too. There's no rooting required, and the app has editing capabilities such as cropping, markup, and photo stitching.

The free version gives you all of these features at no cost. There's also a pro version of the app that's available for $6.99. 

3. Screenshot Touch


Screen Shot Touch-1

Source: Google Play

4.5/5 stars and over 55,000 reviews, Screenshot Touch makes it easy to capture your screen with just a tap or shake of your device. It supplies users with capabilities such as drawing on your screen or cropping the original screenshot, as well as capturing entire web pages. 

Screenshot Touch is available on the Google Play App Store for free, with an in-app upgrade purchase for $4.49. 

Capturing the moment

No matter which way you choose, Android has made it all too easy to grab an on-screen moment. If you're interested in designing your own screenshot app, take some time to look into Android app development

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