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How can I take a screenshot on an android device?

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  • Hold down the backspace key and press the Power button until the message "Screenshot done ..." appears
  • The captured image is stored in the "Gallery" folder
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Taking a screen capture has become much easier since the arrival of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. If previously you had to use resources more technical and complicated, you can use the same key combination for most Android devices, namely:

  • Press the Sleep / Wake button and the "Volume Down" simultaneously
  • Press and hold until you are notified by a sound or a small animation. 

You will see a white frame often appear on one side of your screen with a quick overview of the screenshot. Note that the screenshot is available from the notification area, and on Jelly Bean and above, you can share directly from this menu. 

On the LG G2, handling is the same, but the buttons are back.

You can then sort images in the gallery of your file Screenshots. Access these screenshots via USB by visiting the folder / Pictures / Screenshots of your internal memory or SD card.

There is a second possible method, but it does not work for all devices: to see if this works, press the Power button until the menu "standby" appears. If you see a "Screenshot" option or screenshot, click it. The menu automatically disappears once you have achieved your screenshot.

Unfortunately you can not use this function if your device is too old. Some applications allow you to make screenshots, but in general it works well with other apps that are full screen. Combining volume down + power for a screenshot requires some training, but this is by far the best.


Samsung offers different combinations of keys to be able to make a screenshot. If you have a Galaxy S6, S5 Galaxy, Note 4, A3, A5, A7,  Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 3 or simply to most other Samsung smartphones, simply press the button Home and the power button simultaneously and hold down the buttons until the screen capture.

Simultaneously press these two buttons, hold 3 seconds and voila! 

Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Note 4, Note 3, Note 8.0 and Note 10.1: make a screenshot with an S Pen

Whether you have the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), you have the choice between three methods. Open the menu Air Command, you enter your stylus, tap an area of the screen with it and press the button of your S Pen to access the following options:

  • Scrapbook: You can find this function in the Circular Air Command menu to surround the part of the screen you want to save. The screenshot is saved in your Scrapbook application.
  • Screenshot Note: this feature was already available on the Galaxy Note 2 and is not available via the Air Command menu. Note function allows you to make a screenshot of the entire surface of the screen and you can add notes of different colors if you are feeling creative.
  • S Pen button: for all Galaxy devices with a stylus when you press the S Pen button and you press and hold the tip of the latter on the screen, you will quickly get your screenshot.

The S Pen offers different functions: one of them, screenshots

Samsung Galaxy S6, S5, S4, S3, Note 5, Note 4, Note 3 and Note

  • In Settings, select "Movements and Gestures", "palm of movements" and "Capture screen".
  • Make slide your hand on the screen and a screen capture will be performed. The direction of your actions does not matter. You will then receive a notification informing you that your screenshot has been saved in your gallery.
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