For devices with Android 4.0 or later, just press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time. It may get a little tricky to press both button at the same time and needs repeated practices to get it right. You’ll see an animation on the screen, indicating that the screen photo was saved. Android will save the image to your Gallery. Launch the Gallery app and tap Screenshots to view and share your screenshot. Alternatively on some phones you will see the “Screenshot captured” in the notification area (see picture), just click to view the captured shots.
Some manufacturers build special screenshot shortcuts into their pre-Android 4.0 devices. For example, on many Samsung Android devices, including the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II (pre-Ice Cream Sandwich versions), you can press the Home and Power buttons at the same time to take a screen snapshot – in practice, you’ll press and hold the Home button, then quickly press the Power button. On the Galaxy S, press and hold the Back button and the Power button, or try pressing the Back button and double-tapping the Home button.
For recent Samsung Galaxy phones (after 2012), you can use the hand swipe to mimic the photocopy action to do a screen capture:
- Open Settings > Motion.
- Scroll down and find Hand Motion, then Palm Swipe to Capture, and tick the box.
- Close the menu and find the screen you want to capture. Shape your hand like you are “chopping” the screen, set your hand vertically on either side of the screen, then horizontally swipe across it – it doesn’t matter which way – like your hand is a photo scanner. If you’ve done it correctly, you should hear the camera shutter and receive a notification that a picture has been saved to the gallery.