There is no need for additional software if a picture of the actual screen is needed. Android offers some possibility to take a screenshot. The most popular way to do this by pressing the right keys at the same time.
Key combination to take a screenshot
Almost all smartphones and tablets can take screenshots by pressing the right keys at the same time. To take a picture of your sreen content, you need to press volume down and the power key at the same time. Keep pressing these two buttons until you see the screenshot in a popup-window.
Where is my screenshot?
After a successful screenshot you will find it in your gallery. To be exact, in the folder called Screenshots. From here, you can look at your screenshots, edit them or delete them.
Screenshot via the power bar
Pressing those keys right needs a little sensivity. Sometimes you change the volume by chance, sometimes you turn off the screen accidentally. With most Android versions, you can also take screenshots via the power bar, this depends mostly on which brand you are using. Here you just have to tap on Screenshot to take a picture of your screen. Don't worry, the power bar wont be showed in that screen.
- Press and hold the Power button
- Tap on Screenshot
Other methods based on brands
Based on brand and OS (version), there are other ways to take a screenshot. This includes wiping gestures or additional keys.
Samsung - Screenshot
Newer Samsung smartphones that have no physical home button anymore are using the ususal key combination.
For Samsung devices that still have a physical home button, the key combination is to press Volume down and the home button.
- Open the settings
- Tap on Extended functions (not all models do have this)
- Tap on Gestures
- Choose Screenshot
You will find all possible gestures here. Well known is the wipe gesture with the side of the hand. For this, just wipe with your hand side from one side of the screen to the other. This gesture wont work if your virtual keyboard is displayed.
Huawei & Honor
Huawei and it's daughter Honor are using mostly the same operating system, called EMUI. Both Smartphones are using the same key combination for screenshots as usually, volume down and the power key. But EMUI offers a lot more possibilities to take a screenshot. First you have to activate them in your settings before you can use gestures. The following steps are explaining how to set up the three-fingers wipe method, to take a screenshot after you set it up, just wipe from top to bottom.
- Open the Settings
- Tap on Smart assistance
- Tap on Motion control
- Tap on Three-fingers screenshot
- Activate it with the Toggle
Knuckle-Screenshot with EMUI
- Tap on Settings> Smart assistance > Motion control> Screenshot
- Draw a "S" on the screen with your knuckles
- There will be a visual or acoustical confirmation if the screenshot was taken
- Tap on the display again to prevent a Scrollshot
- The screenshot is saved in your Screenshots folder
HTC - Screenshot
- Press and hold the Power-key at least for 2 seconds
- As soon as the HTC-smartphone vibrates, tap on the home button in the navigation barwhile still holding the Power button
HTC Edge Sense
HTC-smartphones with Edge Sense can assign screenshots to the squeeze gestures. To assign the screenshot function, you need to set this up first:
- Öffne die Settings
- Tap on Edge Sense
- Choose between Set short squeeze or Set squeeze & hold action
- Choose Screenshot
After the set up you can use the pressure sensitive sides of your device to take a screen shot.