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How to Take a Screenshot on Any iPhone or Android Phone

How to Take a Screenshot on Any iPhone or Android Phone

There are many reasons why you might want to take a screenshot on your phone. Maybe it's saving a cool post on Instagram, documenting the latest fashion for wardrobe inspiration, or maybe it's saving a wholesome (or hilarious) text exchange with loved ones.

Whatever the reason, here are several easy ways to catch you. iPhone or Android The screen stretches those fingers, because there are a lot of buttons to press. (Actual button, not symbolic.)

How to take screenshots on iPhone

For iPhones without a home button (iPhone X and newer models), press simultaneously Power button And Volume up button. But note that if you press these buttons for a long time, the power off and SOS screen will appear.

When you successfully take a screenshot, you'll see a screen flash and hear a camera shutter sound (if you have silent mode off). A smaller version of your screenshot will float on the bottom left of your screen. You can tap on it and go into markup mode to crop, edit or add text without going into the Photos app first, which is great.

If you don't want to edit your screen grab, you can just swipe the mini version or wait for it to disappear on its own after a few seconds. By default, your screenshot will be saved in the Photos app.

iOS will also let you take scrolling screenshots, which lets you capture multiple pages in a single snapshot. You can check our step-by-step guide on this. Here.

How to take screenshots on iPhone 8 and earlier

If your iPhone has a home button, there's a different way to take a screenshot. press Home button And Sleep/wake button At the exact same time. A smaller version of your screenshot will pop up at the bottom left of the screen.

You can tap on it to edit it or share it immediately.

Taking a screenshot on an Android phone

The power and volume buttons are on the same side on the Pixel 8 Pro.

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How to Take Screenshots on Android Phone

Android has a few different ways to capture what's on your screen. The universal method is to hold it simultaneously Power button And Volume down button. The screen will then flash and a smaller version of your screenshot will appear on the display. It will work on devices like latest. Pixel 8 And 8A line-up, as well as Samsung Galaxy S24 Series

Depending on your phone, an editing window may pop up. Otherwise, the screenshot will disappear from the screen. Screenshots are saved in the Google Photos app or in your phone's native Gallery app.

Motorola's three-finger touch

If you have a recent Motorola phone, eg Motorola Edge Plus or Moto G Power 5G, you can use the power and volume button technique, or the three-finger method. This latter technique is one of my favorite ways to take a screenshot because it has a very Vulcan-neck-pinch Star Trek vibe.

To enable three-finger screenshot, go to the Moto app, or if you're on an older Motorola phone, find the Moto Actions menu. Setting. Click on the hamburger menu and go to Moto Actionsthen turn it on. Screenshot of three fingers. You can tap the description to bring up a quick animated tutorial on how to use it.

Now whenever you want to take a screenshot, just tap on the display with three fingers at the same time. The screen will flash and the screenshot editor will appear.

Samsung's karate chop technique

Perhaps the most interesting way to take a screenshot comes from Samsung. You can of course use the Android system method with the power and volume buttons. But there are other options, one of which is to use the edge of your palm.

To trigger it, hold your hand in a “karate chop” pose (so basically, the edge of your hand is perpendicular to the screen) and drag the side of your hand across the display. Your phone will then take a screenshot.

To enable this feature, go to Setting And tap the magnifying glass icon. In the search field, type the word “palm” and you'll see a menu option called Palm swipe to capture.. Press the toggle to turn it on.

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As ridiculous as it sounds, you can take a screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy phone using your palm.

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Alternatively, you can go inside. Setting > Advanced features > Gestures and gesturesthen search. Palm swipe to capture. in the list and press the toggle to enable it.

I'll admit, this gesture isn't as reliable as pressing the power and volume buttons, but you can do it with one hand just by stealing your phone's screen. Plus it's a fun party trick.

Samsung's Edge Panel lets you take precise screenshots.

Samsung didn't stop with palm gestures. Using the Edge panel on Galaxy phones, you can also take screen grabs with greater precision.

To enable the Edge panel, go to Setting > Display > Edge panels. Press the toggle to turn it on. (Alternatively, search for “Edge” within Settings and hit the toggle next to Edge panels when it pops up.)

When you click Edge panelsthis will take you to another screen with a section called Panels. Click on it, and select Smart Select Among the options to add these capabilities to your Edge panel.

When you want to capture your Galaxy phone screen more accurately, open the Edge panel by swiping from the right edge of the display to the left. With the Edge panel open, swipe through the different panels again until you land on Smart Select. From there, you can choose Rectangle Capture, Oval Capture or Animation Capture which lets you create a GIF.

After you select how you want to capture the screen, a box or ellipse will appear. You can resize and resize the tool on the part of the screen you want to capture, then tap . done. Hit the arrow at the bottom right of the screen to save the photo to your gallery.

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