The method you use to take a screenshot on an Android device will vary depending on the version of the Android OS. Older devices require third-party software, while newer devices have screenshot functionality built in.
Android 4.3 to 5.1.1
- Press “Power” and “Home” buttons and hold them down for about 1.5 seconds simultaneously.
You’ll hear a camera shutter sound and “Saving screenshot” at the top of the screen.
Android 4.0 to 4.2
- Press “Power” and “Volume Down” buttons and hold them down for about 1.5 seconds simultaneously.
Note: Some Android 4.0 and 4.1 devices may take a screenshot by holding the “Home” and “Back” buttons or the “Menu” and “Power” buttons.
Android 3 and Lower
If you’re using Android 3 or lower, there is likely no built in method to take a screenshot on your device. You will need to use a screenshot app like Screenshot Easy or Screen Grabber to handle the task.
Viewing the Screenshot
If you open the “Gallery” app, you should see a section called Screenshots where these screen capture images will be stored.
If you are viewing data on your device via a connection to your computer, they will likely be located in a “Pictures” folder.
How do I check the version of Android I am running?
On most devices, you can go to “Apps” > “Settings” > “About device“.