How to Take a Screenshot on any Android

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Android phones all have the ability to take a screenshot, and learning to do it helps you get the most out of your handset. Whether you're looking to keep an easily accessible version of the recipe you wanted to try out, need to share the text of an email with a colleague over a messaging service, or just want to brag about your latest high score on a game, you need to learn to take a screenshot to get the most out of your Android. On most devices, you can do this easily.

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How to Take a Screenshot on any Android
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How Do You Take a Screenshot on a Galaxy?

Use one of two common methods to take a screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy. These approaches work with the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, S8, S8 Plus, Note 8, S7, S7 Edge and the majority of older models.

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Take a screenshot with a palm swipe by placing the edge of your hand across one long edge of the screen, like you're karate chopping the screen. Swipe your hand across the screen to the opposite edge to take a screenshot. Your phone makes a camera shutter noise or visually indicates you've taken a screenshot, and it is saved to your gallery. If this doesn't work, activate the option by going to "Settings," then "Advanced Features" and ticking the box beside "Palm Swipe to Capture."

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The alternate method uses button presses. For the S8, S8 Plus, Note 8, S9 or S9 Plus, take a screenshot by pressing the power button and the volume-down button simultaneously. Hold them down until you hear a shutter sound or see a visual indication that the screenshot has been taken. For older models, press the power button and the "Home" button on the front of the cellphone to take the screenshot.

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How to Take a Screenshot on an Android Motorola

Take a screenshot on an Android Motorola using a simple button combination. This method works for most Motorola Android cellphones, including the Z3 Play, the G6, the E5 and the X4. Press and hold the Power/Lock button and the volume-down button simultaneously, waiting a few seconds until you hear the camera shutter sound. For most models, these buttons are found on the right side of the handset.

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How Do You Take a Screenshot on Your Google Phone?

For Google cellphones, including Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL and the Nexus series, you use the same process as for Motorola and modern Samsung phones to take a screenshot. Press and hold down both the power and volume-down buttons simultaneously to take the screenshot. You know the process is complete when you see a smaller version of the screen flash up on your handset. You can access your screenshot either by using the notifications tab or by navigating to Google Photos and finding the Screenshots folder.

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How Do You Take a Screenshot on Your LG Phone?

To take a screenshot on your LG phone, you use a process much like that on most Android smartphones. This method works for the V30, the Q Stylus, G6, G5 and all other LG Android cellphones. Press the power button and the volume-down button simultaneously and hold them until you see the screenshot briefly show on screen. For devices in the G series, the power button is on the back of the handset, which makes this a slightly trickier process than on other Android phones. For the Q Stylus, though, the power button is on the right edge of the phone and the volume-down button is on the left.

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Alternatively, if your LG phone has the LG Capture+ app, you can use this to take a screenshot with the option to annotate or draw on it. Pull down the notification tab and press the "Capture+" icon to take the screenshot. Use the pen, eraser and text icons at the top to annotate the screenshot and then click the check sign at the top left to confirm the screenshot when you're done.

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