How to Take a Screenshot Android Phone or Tablet

Introduction

Taking screenshots on your mobile device - a picture of whatever is on your display at the moment - can be helpful for many reasons. You may want to share an in-game accomplishment with a friend, quickly save a map or recipe you were looking at for later, or capture photographic evidence of a hilarious text message conversation caused by an Autocorrect mishap.

Whatever the case may be, this guide will demonstrate how to take a screenshot on your Android device.
Android phone

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Taking screenshots on your mobile device - a picture of whatever is on your display at the moment - can be helpful for many reasons. You may want to share an in-game accomplishment with a friend, quickly save a map or recipe you were looking at for later, or capture photographic evidence of a hilarious text message conversation caused by an Autocorrect mishap.

Whatever the case may be, this guide will demonstrate how to take a screenshot on your Android device.
Android phone

Depending on the manufacturer and model Android device you are using, certain physical buttons depicted below may be in a different location or position on your device.

  1. Use the following key combination to take a screenshot:
    • For most Samsung smartphones, press and hold the Power button and the Volume Down button at the same time.
      Android smartphone with power button and volume down button depressed.
    • For Samsung Galaxy S5, press and hold the Power button and the Home button at the same time. 
      Android smartphone with power button and home button depressed.
  2. Your device's screen will flash white and you'll hear a camera shutter sound (if your device is not muted). Your screenshot has been taken.
    • On some models, you might see options to crop, share, caption the image.
      Screenshot editing options. Screenshot
  3. The screenshot has now been taken and will be available within the Photos app.
    Photos App icon

Depending on the manufacturer and model Android device you are using, certain physical buttons depicted below may be in a different location or position on your device.

  1. Press and hold the Power button and the Volume Down button at the same time.
    Android
  2. Your device's screen will flash white and you'll hear a camera shutter sound (if your device is not muted). Your screenshot has been taken.
    • On some models, you might see options to crop, share, caption the image.
      Screenshot editing options. Screenshot
  3. The screenshot has now been taken and will be available within the Photos app.
    Photos App icon
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