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How to Take a Screenshot on an Android Phone


  • Take a picture of what is displaying on my phone
  • Take a screenshot on my Android smartphone


  • Android 4.0 and up

Additional Information:

Instructions for iOS Users can be found here.

Every Android phone is different, and so is taking screenshots with them.

Android 4 introduced simple screenshots for all with the handy power-and-volume-down-key combo, however, nailing it can still be tricky. That's why some phone makers have introduced new methods.

If the power-and-volume-down-key combo doesn't work for you, simply Google the term "screenshots [phone name]" and see if the manufacturer included a secondary way to take screenshots.


General Method (Android 4.0 and up—most phones made within the past 5 years):

  • Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • The screen will flash and you may hear the camera shutter sound.


Google Assistant (Android 6.0 and up; must be enabled)

  • Say "OK Google, take a screenshot." 
    • If you're having trouble, make sure to listen for the "ding" sound effect after you say "OK Google", to ensure it's listening before you say the rest of your command.
  • It will save a picture of the screen below the Assistant interface. If you want to capture the Google Assistant screen itself, you'll have to use the hardware buttons.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and earlier:

  • Hold down the home and power buttons for a couple of seconds.

Sony Phones:

  • Hold down the power key until a screen appears and tap Take screenshot.

HTC 10:

  • Hold down the home and power buttons for a couple of seconds.

Acer & Asus Phones:

  • Pull down the notification panel to reach quick settings and tap the Screenshot icon.
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