What's your favorite screenshot

Every other Android screenshot shortcut revealed

Taking a screenshot was a difficult proposition as Android did not incorporate any screenshot functionality into the software. However, this is no longer the case. In fact, there are a handful of methods for taking screenshots depending on what phone you're using and whether or not your device is rooted. Not sure how to take screenshots on your Android device? Let's count the ways.

Android 4.0+

First off, if you're on Android 4.0 or higher (which most Android devices are today) all you have to do is hold down the ** Volume Down + Home ** buttons for the second or two. A white frame appears on the screen for a brief moment and then a notification that the screenshot is being saved. You should now find the screenshot in your gallery under a “Screenshots” folder or something similar.

If your phone doesn't have a physical home button (e.g. Nexus 4 and Nexus 5), you won't be able to use the above combination. Instead, you'll need to use the ** Volume Down + Power ** buttons instead. However, everything else should be the same.

New Samsung devices

Newer Samsung devices take advantage of the Android screenshot implementation but add additional shortcuts to trigger them. For example, on the Samsung Galaxy S4, you can go to your System Settings -> My Device -> Motions and Gestures -> Palm Movement -> Switch Recording Screen and select the On option. As the instructions say, you can use the side of your hand and place it on the left or right edge of the screen, then swipe the opposite side. Your Galaxy S4 recognizes this and takes a screenshot.

Android 2.3 or below

If you're using an older version of Android (2.3 or lower to be precise) your experience may be different. Your device manufacturer may have been nice enough to include a screenshot feature, but this will vary from device to device. If you fall under this category, Google will check your model of your device to see if there is anything about taking screenshots.

If your manufacturer didn't add such functionality it will be difficult and / or a little expensive. If you're not using a rooted device, the only option is to use No Root Screenshot It ($ 4.99). You can only take screenshots with this app if you also have a computer nearby with the free companion application. This is a little inconvenient and a little expensive. This way, however, you don't have to root your device.

Root your device

When you root your device, there are more options available to you. For detailed information on how to root your Android device, please refer to our rooting guide.

How you root a device varies from device to device. So you have to follow our guide to use SuperOneClick. How to Root Your Android Phone Using SuperOneClick. How to root your Android phone with SuperOneClick or read Google info too. Once rooted, there are a handful of apps for you to try, including Screenshot UX ($ 3.99).

Note: Please read the description of each app before attempting to become root. Some apps, e.g. B. Screenshot UX, indicate that certain phones do not need to be rooted.

Even if you can already take a screenshot, rooting your device can be beneficial as you can then use an alternative screenshot app that will give you some extra features that the regular Android implementation doesn't. Whether or not the device is worth rooting is entirely up to you, but at least the choice is yours.

Android 3.0 "honeycomb"

For the very few of you who use Android 3.0 tablets, you won't be out of luck either. Android 3.0 doesn't have a built-in screenshot implementation either, so you'll definitely have to resort to apps. However, all apps may not work on Honeycomb because they are in a strange place to develop. As a result, you may experience issues with apps that claim to support Honeycomb.

However, many people recommend Screenshot ER ($ 2.99) as safe for use on Android 3.0 so you can take a look. Note that a rooted device is required.

Even more!

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Glad Android finally included screenshots as it doesn't look like this is a difficult feature. Hopefully you're not one of the few to be stuck with the older versions of Android that don't have it, but as you can see, there are still options to try.

What's your favorite screenshot app? Which devices (including iOS) are the easiest and most functional way to take screenshots? Let us know in the comments!

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