How To: Take Screenshots on iOS and Android Devices

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Despite being a standard feature on iOS and Android devices with 4.0OS and newer, taking screenshots is not the most intuitive one. Being able to take a quick screen capture can facilitate your dealings with customer support, help you create comprehensive tutorials and how-to guides, or simply share images with your friends. Here is a quick guide how to take screenshots on most devices.

iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

1. Go to the screen of your iPhone that you want to take a screenshot of.

2. Press down Home and Sleep/Wake (also called On/Off) buttons simultaneously.

3. If you have an iPhone with OS 2.0, your screen must flash white. On iOS 2.1 and higher, you will hear a camera shutter sound.

4. Go to Photos -> Camera Roll to view your screenshots and share them.
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Tips

You can access your Camera Roll via Photos app by choosing the Camera Roll album, or via the Camera app by clicking on the thumbnail image in the left bottom. The thumbnail would be the caption of the last picture or screenshot taken by the camera.Make sure to press both buttons the On/Off and Home at the same time and quickly.

Synchronize Images of your iPhone 4 or iPod Touch with Your Computer

You can upload video and photo files from your iPhone 4 or iPod touch to your computer by following these steps:

1. Of course, connect your iPhone or iPod touch to your computer via the USB cord.

2. For Mac: from your Mac, select the photos and videos you want to download on your computer, and click Download or Import button in your iPhoto application, or any other photo app you use, for example, Image Capture.

3. For PCs: it might be a good idea to have your files synchronized with your Google account, or by accessing your photos via My Computer -> iPhone device, or by choosing the option to import from camera. Alternatively, download and install iTunes on your Windows PC or laptop and synchronize your photos. Windows 7 should be able to see your iPhone as a Photo Camera. iExplorer supports both Win and Mac OS so you can use that software to move files from your iPhone to a Windows PC or laptop.

Android

Taking screenshots on Android devices used to be a real mess, but thanks Google, ever since Android 4.0 Ice-Cream Sandwich, we can do that really fast without rooting the device and installing a third-party software just to take a screenshot.

These instructions apply to most Android devices running Android 4.0 and newer:

1. Go to the screen that you want to capture.

2. Press and hold for 3-5 seconds the Power and Volume Down “–” buttons simultaneously.

3. Your device will make a shutter sound when the screenshot has been taken and show you its preview.
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If you want to share that screenshot right away, head to the Notifications bar at the bottom right corner and press Share icon. If your device runs OS older than Jelly Bean, you might have to go to the screenshot location first and share it from there. You can find your Screenshots in the images folder, or by simply tapping on the notifications bar and tapping on the screenshot’s thumbnail.

Then you can easily share your screenshots on social media, or download them to your PC. Alternatively, you can setup Google Drive, Dropbox or SkyDrive, or any other cloud storage and synchronize your files with your PC that way. However, when we deal with big amounts of images, it is better to connect your Android device to your PC and shoot the pictures directly.

Note 1: HTC devices will not let you share the screenshot from the notifications bar. In most cases, you will have to open the screenshot containing folder, or gallery.

Note 2: Samsung devices, except Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S, you go to the screen that you need to capture, press Power and Home for several seconds until you see a screenshot preview on the screen. To share, tap on Notifications bar and choose Share.

Note 3: Galaxy S3 devices have an alternative method, which is somewhat finicky, but you may find that it works for you. Go to the screen that you want to capture, place your hand perpendicular to the phone, placing the side of your palm on one edge of the display. Then, slide your hand across the screen, and if you succeeded, you will hear a camera shutter noise. You will find the screenshot in your Gallery.