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5 Android Screenshot Tricks You Should Know

Samsung Galaxy S21
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Android’s diverse landscape of devices makes for a lot of variety in features. Take screenshots, for example—there are many ways to take and edit them. We’ll show you some of the tricks you may not know about.

How to Take a Screenshot on Android

Power and Volume Down keys.

Let’s start with the basics. As you’ll see later in this article, there are multiple ways to take screenshots on some Android devices. However, there is one way to take a screenshot on Android that works on practically all Android devices across the board.

Simply press and hold the Power Button + Volume Down until the screen flashes. If the screenshot was taken, you’ll see a small preview thumbnail in the corner of the screen. Easy as that.

Samsung Galaxy Phones Have a Lot of Methods

The first tip is actually a handful of tips. If you are the owner of a Samsung Galaxy phone, the standard Power + Volume Down method is just one of your options. In fact, there are five different ways to take screenshots on Samsung devices.

  • Power + Volume Down
  • Palm Gesture
  • Capture a Long or Scrolling Screenshot
  • Smart Select
  • Hey Bixby

RELATED: How to Screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy Smartphone

Take Scrolling Screenshots

Next, tap

What if you want to take a screenshot of more than what appears on the screen? A “scrolling” screenshot can capture long screenshots, such as a full webpage.

The process for doing this is straightforward. You’ll take a screenshot with one of the regular methods, then select the scrolling screenshot icon on the thumbnail preview. From there, you’ll either be able to scroll more to capture more, or be presented with a crop-able version of the full page.

RELATED: How to Take a Scrolling Screenshot on Android

Take a Screenshot With Your Voice

Google Assistant taking an image.

You don’t have to touch the screen or press any buttons to take a screenshot if you don’t want to. Google Assistant has the ability to take screenshots on Android devices. All you need to do is say the command:

  • “Hey Google, take a screenshot.”

The screenshot will be captured, and you’ll immediately see the options to share, edit, or delete the screenshot.

Draw on Top of Screenshots

Draw on images.

One reason why you might be taking a screenshot is to highlight something on the screen. Being able to draw on the screenshot makes it a lot easier to do that. Thankfully, it’s very easy to edit screenshots on Android devices.

After you take a screenshot, you’ll see a few options in the thumbnail preview that appears in the bottom corner. Look for a pencil icon to take you to some editing tools. Here you’ll see pens, markers, and highlighters for drawing.

RELATED: How to Edit Screenshots on Android

Tap the Back of Your Phone to Take a Screenshot

Someone's fingers on the back of an android phone.
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If you take screenshots often, you may be looking for an even easier method for taking them. With the help of a handy app, you can take screenshots by tapping the back of your phone.

On Pixel devices, you can do this from Settings > System > Gestures > Quick Tap. Other devices can download an app called “Tap, Tap” to perform the same function (and more). It’s a pretty nifty shortcut for screenshots.

RELATED: How to Take a Screenshot by Tapping the Back of Your Android Phone

Taking a screenshot may be a simple function, but there’s more than one way to do it, and what you do after you take the screenshot is just as important. Now you know the best tricks! Here are the screenshot tricks iPhone users need to know.

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