How to Take Screenshots on Android

Depending your device, it's a different combination of buttons

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
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As an Android user, you already know that not every Android device is the same as the next. Because of that, it's not always obvious which combination of buttons is required in order to capture take a screenshot. The process can differ slightly between, say, a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, a Moto X Pure Edition or a Google Pixel. The key difference lies in where the Home button is located on your Android.

How to Take a Screenshot on Any Android Device

Take a look at your smartphone or tablet. Does it have a hardware (physical) Home button like the Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel devices?

The Home button will be located on the bottom bezel of the device and may double as a fingerprint reader. In that case, press the Home button and the Power/Lock button at the same time for a few seconds. The Power/Lock button is usually on the top or the upper right side of the device. 

If your device, like the Motorola X Pure Edition, Droid Turbo 2, and Droid Maxx 2, does not have a hardware Home button (replaced by a soft key), you press the Power/Lock button and the Volume Down button at the same time.

This can be a bit clumsy, since these buttons are all typically on the right side of a smartphone; it may take a few tries to get it right. You may end up adjusting the volume or locking the device instead. This is the same process you use to capture screenshots on Google Nexus smartphones and tablets, by the way.

Grab Screenshots on Galaxy Devices Using Motions and Gestures

Samsung Galaxy devices offer an alternative method to taking screenshots using their "motions and gestures" feature. First, go into Settings and select "motions and gestures" and then enable "palm swipe to capture." Then, when you want to take a screenshot, you can simply swipe the side of your palm from left to right or from right to left.

You just have to be careful not to accidentally interact with the screen, which is rather easy to do. For example, when we tried to screen grab a Google Maps screen, we accidentally pulled down unread notifications, and captured that instead. Practice makes perfect. 

Where to Find Your Screenshots

Regardless of the device, once you've captured a screenshot, you can find the most recently taken screenshot in your notification bar.

After you've cleared your notifications, you'll most likely find it in your Gallery app or in Google Photos in a folder aptly called Screenshots.

From there, you can share the image as you can a photo you've taken with your camera, or do simple edits such as cropping or adding special effects.