[GUIDE] : Android: How to Take Screenshots and Videos with Any Smartphone Part three
How to record screen in video
Some Sony devices have a function that allows you to record the screen. To access it, just press and hold the power button. Recordings are saved in MP4 format in / Movies / ScreenRecords.
Huawei also allows you to create a video of the screen using your fingers. In the Mate 20 Pro, you only need to double-tap the screen to record the video. In the Samsung Galaxy S9, you have to use the Game Launcher and the functionality is limited to games.
Also in this case for devices that do not integrate this feature, the Play Store comes to the rescue by offering AZ Screen Recorder. Taking advantage of the smartphone’s microphone, it is also possible to integrate audio comments into the video.
AZ Screen Recorder – No Root
Where to find the screenshots taken
Once your screenshot is taken, regardless of the method and smartphone used, you will find it in your photo gallery. Then, by going to your gallery, you will find a dedicated folder called Images / Screenshots.
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How to take a screenshot on Android?
Want to take a screenshot on your Android phone or tablet? Follow the guide !
There are several ways to take a screenshot on an Android. Here they are.
For 99% of Android
The most common is to keep pressed simultaneously, for a few seconds, the home button and volume down button from your phone, and release them.
Note that you must press and release both buttons at the same time, otherwise nothing happens.
Most versions of Android send a small notification confirming that your screenshot has been saved, others will directly open the photograph in your photo gallery.
The screenshot option
On some Android, like Note OnePlus 6T, the screenshot is triggered from an option.
To do this, keep the button pressed. Power on your Android, then select the option Capture which appears.
If you have set up Google Assistant (Your account → Settings → Voice → Voice Match, make sure the Hey Google option is enabled) then just say the command “Ok Google, take a screenshot”.
Screenshots of a wave of the hand
Some Android devices allow you to use gestures to perform actions. To activate this option (tested on a OnePlus 6T), go to the Settings → Buttons and gestures → Quick gestures → Three-finger screenshot, in our case.
The options will depend on your smartphone model.
Sooner than multiple screenshots, sometimes it’s better to take a video.
Your Android may have an application to record your screen.
If not, then go to the PlayStore and search for “Screen Recorder”.
You will find a wide choice of free applications allowing you to record in real time what you are doing on your Android.
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How to take a screenshot on an Android smartphone?
There are many reasons that may require capturing your Android smartphone or tablet screen. Maybe you want to keep an important web page snippet? Or do you need to keep a piece of text in your memory? Android smartphones allow you to quickly take a screenshot – or screenshot – in less than a second. Here is how to do it.
The manipulation described below is performed with a Xiaomi Pocophone F1. However, the instructions remain valid for 99% of Android smartphone brands.
1. Take a screenshot with the physical buttons
The easiest way to take a screenshot is through the physical buttons. In 99% of cases, just press “Power” and “Volume -“ simultaneously.
All Android smartphones for more than 5 years have used this function for screenshot capture by default. However, some models may opt for another key combination such as “Power” and “Home”. This is the case with old Samsung devices. They are, however, very rare.
To validate the screenshot, all you have to do is hold down the Power + Volume – keys for about two seconds. An audible signal will alert you to the success of the operation. A notification will also appear in the notifications bar at the top of the screen.
Depending on your version of Android, you may have options to share the screenshot or edit it.
2. Take a screenshot with quick settings
In newer versions of the Android system, there is another possibility for screenshots – quick settings.
To access it, swipe up and down on the notifications bar. Among the various buttons that appear, there is one called “Screenshot”. Note that the name may vary depending on the manufacturer.
To use it, go to the area you want to record, open quick settings, and press the capture button. As with the physical buttons, a noise will validate the operation and a notification will appear in the top bar.
Be careful, some manufacturers do not necessarily integrate this button. If it is not available then you will need to use method number 1 in this tutorial.
3. Take a screenshot with Google Assistant
Did you know you can use your voice to take a screenshot? This is indeed possible with Google Assistant, the AI that equips Android smartphones.
For that, nothing could be simpler. Say aloud “OK Google, take a screenshot”. The voice assistant will run and then display the recorded image. You can then share or edit it.
Another way to launch Google Assistant is to long press the “Home” button on your device. When listening goes off, just say “Take a screenshot”. You will then have access to the options for sharing and editing the image.
Note that Google Assistant only works on smartphones on Android 6 and above. Some devices, like those from Samsung, also use another voice assistant. However, the operation remains similar.
4. Take a screenshot with a dedicated application
For your screenshots, there are plenty of apps on the Play Store. Among them, we recommend Firefox ScreenshotGo and ScreenMaster.
These two apps not only capture the entire screen, but also offer many additional options. For example, you can capture just a small part of the image or, on the contrary, portions that are longer than normal.
Third-party apps don’t stop at capture. It also allows you to classify your screenshots and offer very advanced search engines. Add to that many retouching options.
As you will have understood, installing a dedicated application can allow you to go further than just basic Android capture!
Firefox ScreenshotGo Beta – Find Screenshots Fast
DownloadQR-Code Screen Capture / Photo Editor – Screen Master
How to take a screenshot with Android?
The screenshot is a very useful element. It can be done on a tablet, a computer or even a smartphone. The principle of this function is to capture the screen, that is to say to make a copy of this screen to keep a trace, a memory. The screenshots can be taken on all the applications available on Android (except in cases where the developers have blocked this function, as does Crédit Mutuel, a bank).
Screenshots are not complicated to take. All smartphone owners can do it, even Apple users. Although handling is almost identical on Android, there may be differences between manufacturers. We will go into everything in detail in this article.
Easily take a screenshot with Android
The first existing procedure to take a screenshot on your Android smartphone is as follows:
- You have to go to the page or the application you want to capture,
- It is necessary to press two buttons at the same time that are “the volume down” and “the power button”.
This action is very quick and easy to do. Depending on the manufacturer, the buttons are located on the same line. Since there are large smartphones, this is a real plus. The screenshot can be done with one hand and we really appreciate this ease.
Once the capture is done, you will be able to modify it. Depending on the manufacturer, it may be necessary to go to the photo gallery. It is also possible that the photo is directly saved in Google Photos.
Take a screenshot for smartphones with a physical button
The process is the same as for iPhones which have a fixed Home button at the bottom of the screen. Rest assured: it is not complicated, far from it!
As you might expect, if there is a difference, it is because the physical Home button is going to be used. Indeed, it will take press this button at the same time as the power button. The screenshot will be taken. This is not our preferred method because it requires using both hands. In addition, it may happen that you press the Home button too hard and it cancels the capture, while returning to the home screen. It’s not the most convenient feature, but it’s pretty easy to get used to, don’t worry.
Take a screenshot according to the features added by the manufacturers
Phone manufacturers strive to create software that is more or less efficient each other. Among these, we will find Samsung with its proximity sensor.
Samsung has shielded some of its models with numerous sensors. For the “Screen capture” function of the phone, you have to go to the “Settings” of the device. There is a sub-menu called “Movements and gestures”. A list of movements appears. You just have to choose “Palm movements” and “Capture screen”. In other words, you have asked your phone that when a palm movement takes place, you are going to be able to take a screenshot.
When the configuration is in place, all you have to do is test! Unfortunately, the results are not always what we hoped for. It is true that the phone can have difficulty “understanding” your palm movement, unlike buttons where it only responds to a command.
Huawei on his side put other tips to capture the screen. We will find the smart screenshot. What is that ? What is it about?
To do this, go to “Settings”, target “Smart assistance”, choose “Motion control” and select “Smart screenshot” to activate this function.
Among this smart screenshot, know that it is possible to double tap your smartphone screen to start the screenshot. But that’s not all ! You will be able to draw on the screen to capture only what is inside that drawing. If you tap the screen and draw an S at the same time, you’ll take a screenshot of the entire page. Finally, the other and last function is to tap the screen with two fingers to initiate a video screenshot (handy for showing when there is a bug).
Overall, these features are effective and bring good results. We are fully satisfied with the drafting.