How to Take Screenshot on Android in 7 Different Ways


This page holds the exact information you need: How to take a screenshot on Android using 7 simple methods.

I have described these methods to give you alternatives. The peculiarity of your mobile phone will help you to decide on the method that suits you the most.

It’s, however, possible to have more than a method at your disposal. In such a case, convenience and preference will determine which to use.

Take screenshot on Android

Before continuing, let’s have a little chit-chat about screenshots.

Why Take Screenshot?

Screenshots are ideal in capturing and storing valuable information we access on our mobile phones and devices. With screenshots, we’re able to store details in a pictorial format easily and quickly.

Take for example a video you are watching on your phone. There’s a scene you had loved to capture and save as a wallpaper. you can easily pause the video at that timeline and take a screenshot. So simple and cool, huh!

You might be thinking of starting your own wallpaper business using that. Haha!

I guess it saves you the cost of downloading or purchasing wallpapers.

It does not only end with capturing scenes in videos. You can capture information on a website, a social media update, an app, or about any platform you access on your mobile phone.

Overall, screenshots help us to save relevant information for future use.

It’s time! Let’s begin with these actionable ways…

7 Simple Ways to take Screenshot with Android

If your phone is running on Android, then you have the full insurance of taking screenshots conveniently without any technicality.

However, some of the methods are device dependent while a few others are almost global. That’s, compatible on most Android smartphones.

Here come the methods….

1. Take Screenshot with Buttons

This is the most known and commonly used way of taking screenshots. From Nokia, Infinix, Gionee, Samsung to several other smartphones, the use of buttons has been the de facto approach.

Nevertheless, manufacturers design the functionalities of buttons on smartphones. As a result, there are slight operational differences across these devices.

Here, I will describe the various ways of doing so with buttons.

Using Power + Volume Down Buttons
Starting from Android 4.0  (Android Ice Cream Sandwich), users can now use the combination of the power and Volume Down buttons to take screenshots.

Step 1:
Open the platform on which you want to take the screenshot

Step 2:
Using your fingers, press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time for a few seconds.

Step 3:
 Hold down these buttons until you hear a cracking (or camera shutter) sound. Then, release the buttons.

That’s it!
Simple and easy. With those button combinations, you can take your shots on several platforms conveniently.

Use your file to manage or Gallery app to view the new picture you have taken.

Power + Home Buttons
While most phones support the combination of Power + Volume Down button to capture screens, a few other phones, e.g. Samsung, LG, HTC, support the use of Power + Home buttons.

However, not all Samsung Phones support this. But for the available ones, it becomes an alternative approach to taking screenshots on your phone.

So, to take a screenshot on your device with these buttons, follow the steps below:

Step 1:
Access the screen you want to capture. As usual, it may be an app’s interface, a social media thread or about anything you desire to capture.

Step 2:
Press the two buttons simultaneously until the screen flashes or makes a sound to indicate that you have taken the shot.

2. Take Screenshot from Notification [Quick Access] Panel

Okay, everyone uses the notification panel a lot. Like switching data, torch, Wi-Fi, Hotspot among other things.

However, not everyone recognizes the existence of a feature for taking screenshots.
Did you just check the notification panel of your phone?

I got you!
Don’t be surprised if you didn’t find it there. Support for the feature started from Android 7 Nougat. So, if you’re using an earlier Android version, the chances aren’t there to use this feature.
Alright, let’s see how to take these screenshots then.

Step 1:
Make sure you’re on the window you want to capture. For instance, if it’s on a social media app, ensure that you open the page to capture.

Step 2:
Access the Notification Panel of your phone. Depending on the type of phone, you might need to swipe from the top or bottom. Though most phones use the former, a few others – e.g. some Gionee Phones – use the latter. That is, swiping from bottom up.

Step 3:
Now that you’ve displayed the notification panel, look for the Screenshot icon on the display. It’s represented by a portrait rectangle mobile phone icon with a square-shape at the bottom right corner as shown below.

Tap Screenshot icon

In case you can’t find it there, open more features.
To access more features, swipe left to right or vice-versa. On some other devices, you will need to tap more text or simply drag the panel down.

Step 4:
Having seen the feature, tap the icon – Screenshot icon – to take your screenshot. You can take as many screenshots as you want.

3. Take Screenshot with Hand Gesture

Some phones, especially Samsung Galaxy Series enables users to take screenshots on their Android devices with a hand-swipe gesture. This makes it easier to take shots with just a swipe or gesture.

Here, I will describe how to do so with a supported Samsung Galaxy phone.

Let’s do it…!

Step 1:
First, you need to enable the Palm Swipe feature on your device. Depending on your device, the path for enabling this feature might be slightly different.

To enable this feature, follow any of these paths:

Settings>>Motions and Gestures>>Palm swipe to capture
Settings>>Advanced Features>>Palm swipe to capture

Step 2:
Having enabled the hand-swipe feature, open the page you want to capture, maybe from an app or just the home screen.

Now with the side of your palm placed vertically on one edge of the screen, swipe to the left or right across the screen to take the shot.

4. Take Screenshot with Fingers Gesture

Recent Android versions support button-free screenshots. Just as with the hand-swipe in some Samsung phones, you can take screenshots with your fingers. From Android 7 and above, there is support for this feature.

To use this method, follow these steps:

Step 1:
Make sure you enable the feature on your device. To enable the feature, follow any of these paths:

Settings>> Gesture & smart motion>>Take screenshot with 3 fingers
Settings>>Advanced features>>Take screenshot with 3 fingers

Step 2:
Now ensure that you are on the screen you want to capture. This might be the home screen, video or anything of your choice you want to capture.

Step 3:
Next, place three fingers at the top and swipe down across the screen. You can equally do the other way around – bottom-up. Similarly, you can use any of your three fingers to do so.

I hope you’re enjoying the fun?

5. Take Screenshot Using Google Assistant

Google  Assistant

From Android 8 and above, users can activate commands faster and easily using the Google Assistant App. And one of such commands you benefit from is to take a screenshot on your Android device.

For now, not everyone might cherish using this app because of minimal support. However, you can easily share what you capture on Social media and via other media.

so, if you have this app on your device, do these:

Step 1:
Launch the Google Assistant app.

To launch the app on some Nokia phones, e.g. Nokia 4.2, press the Google Assistant button.
For other supported mobile phones, long-press the Power button or say Ok Google.

Step 2:
Next, give a command by saying ‘Take a screenshot”. Google Assistant will take the screenshot which you can save and, or share with your friends.

This method suits you the most if you prefer to speaking without pressing buttons.

If you’re launching Google Assistant for the first time you will need to aid the app in recognizing your voice by following the given instructions.

6. Use an S Pen to Take Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy

If you prefer the lucrative S-pen supported Samsung Galaxy phones, there’s a cool alternative for taking screenshots. And plus, the fact that the control lies with just a tap, you might see this method to be your most preferred.

However, only supported mobile phones can perform this ‘magic’.
Here is a guide on how to take shots with the S-pen:

Step 1:
First, pull out the S-pen or stylus of the device, then tap the screen of the device and long-press the S-pen button for a while.

Step 2:
The screen will flash and or make a sharp sound to indicate that you have taken the shot. Proceed to save, edit or simply share your new image.

7. Take Screenshot with an App

As stated, if you’re using a device that runs a lower version of Android, that is, below Android 4.0, the chances are that you can’t take screenshots with any of the above methods.

But there’s a remedy!

Third-party apps allow users to take shots just as users of other Android versions do.
So, here you will have to download an app that supports screenshots.

But, some of these apps will require that you root your phone before installation.
There are several apps on stores you can download and install on your device. Whichever you desire, give it a shot.

For this post, I’m using Screenshot Touch. This app does not require rooting and with just a tap, you can take screenshots on almost every page and display platforms.
Download from Play Store

The steps below will guide you on how to use this app.

Screenshot Touch App

Download and Install Screenshot Touch app on your device and grant it the necessary permissions

Step 2:
Launch or open the app. If it’s the first time you’re launching the app, you’ll see a Guide for beginners’ page. Click OK at the bottom right to continue.

Tap Start capture Monitoring service and grant permission to the app to draw on other apps. You can equally do a few setups as wish.

Notably, you can check the Capture by shaking the option to enable you to take screenshots by shaking the device.

Step 3:
Leave the apps’ interface to any page or platform you want to capture.

You can then shake the app to capture or tap the camera icon that floats at the top left of the screen.
With just a tap on this icon, you can capture the screen.

You can achieve a lot with this app aside from capturing screens. Explore the app to discover other features.

You can reposition the camera icon on the screen to any position of your choice.

Which method should you use?

Deciding on the method to use is dependent on:
  • Convenience
  • Device, and
  • Your choice

For devices that do not support the conventional method(s) of taking screenshots, the best approach is to download an app. On the other hand, you might find gestures and Google Assistant more convenient to use.

So, if you value convenience, give a shot at 3 Fingers Swipe, Screenshot Icon from Notification Panel, Google Assistant or Hand swipe depending on the available support by your device.
Or you might want to go the old fashion way of using buttons, especially the combination of the Power and Volume Down buttons.

The choice of the method(s) to use is up to you but convenience and availability might be the major factors to consider.


It seems, latest screenshot features on Android are bidding goodbye to the power button which has dominated this for long. The use of gestures, icons and Google Assistant makes it easier to take these shots more conveniently.

However, support for those methods remain a factor to consider. Either way, taking screenshots on smart devices remains a cool way of getting evidence, illustrations or guidelines.

You can use any of these methods to get your shots and achieve your aim!

Happy photoshoot!

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