How to Take a Photo of a Phone Screen

By Breann Kanobi

Often, a cell phone screen displays an impressive accomplishment or important information. Unfortunately, most cameras fail to accurately capture a glare-free image of a cell phone screen. If you wish to perfectly capture your cell phone's display, take a screen shot of the cell phone. Major cell phone operating systems Android, Blackberry and iOS allow screen shots. While iOS includes a screen shot function, Android and Blackberry require the download of additional software.

Android

Step 1

Visit the Android website and download the drivers for your cell phone. Install the drivers.

Step 2

Download and install the SDK from the official website.

Step 3

Visit the official Java Developer's Kit website and click on the "Download" link. Double-click on the file to launch the download.

Step 4

Turn on your Android phone and tap the "Settings" icon. Tap the "Development" option and check the box next to "USB" debugging.

Step 5

Connect your Android phone to your computer using a USB cable.

Step 6

Open the Android SDK and double-click on the "Tools" folder. Locate the file "ddms.bat" and double-click on it.

Step 7

Click on the "Device" menu and scroll to "Screen Capture." In the pop-up window, enter a file name and click on the "Save" button. The application takes a photo of your Android phone's screen.

iPhone

Step 1

Tap the "Power" button and run your finger over the iPhone slider to unlock the phone.

Step 2

Press and hold the "Power" button and tap the "Sleep/Wake" button. When the screen flashes white, release the buttons.

Step 3

Tap the "Photos" icon, then the "Camera Roll" icon to see your photo.

Blackberry

Step 1

Download the Blackberry Desktop Manager from the official Blackberry website. When the download completes, double-click on the "Blackberry Desktop Manger" icon to install the program.

Step 2

Click on the "Start" menu, scroll to "All Programs" and click on "Blackberry Desktop Manager" to launch the program.

Step 3

Download the screenshot program Blackberry Screen Shooter or Blackberry ScreenStream from their official websites.

Step 4

Double-click on the downloaded file to install it.

Step 5

Download the file "Javaloader.exe." Locate the file within the "Downloads" folder. Right-click on it and scroll to "Copy." Double-click on the "My Computer" window, then on "Blackberry Screen Shooter" or "Blackberry ScreenStream." Right-click inside the folder and scroll to "Paste."

Step 6

Launch Blackberry Screen Shooter or Blackberry ScreenSteam by double-clicking on the program. Connect your Blackberry to the computer using its USB cable and press the "Take a Screenshot" button.