How To Take a Screenshot On Android


Have you ever noticed when you send snapchats to your Dad, it gives you a message that says “Screenshot!”? Well it happens to me all the time. But what does that mean and what does it do?? Lucky for you, I’m here to tell you all about screenshots and how to take them on your current device.

What is a Screenshot?

A screenshot is a picture of exactly what you see on your screen. It will save an image of it and add it to your photos. This file size will be the exact dimensions of your screen resolution. So if your screen is 1080 x 1920 (that’s 1080p), your screenshot will also be that size. Android will save this file as a .PNG, so it can be shared as if it were a regular picture. Screenshots are sometimes also referred to as Snapshots, Screen Caps or Snips.


What is a Screen Record?

Screen recording is awesome. This is going to be similar to a screenshot, but with video. So you’ll be able to record all the action that takes place on your screen and upload it to YouTube and stuff. Screen Records are also called  Screencasts sometimes. There are several apps that will allow you to do this, but we will get to that in a bit.


How do I Take A Screenshot?

Most Android devices will be equipped with an option to take a screenshot with your hardware buttons. Different phones have different combinations to do this. We will go over the most popular devices and how to use the hardware buttons to take screenshots.


Samsung Galaxy
Sony Xperia

How Do I Screen Record?

If your version of Android is not Lollipop or above, you will need root access to screen record. We will take a look at the best root and non-root apps.

Lollipop Screen Recorder

This particular screen recorder app requires Android 5.0 or above. It very easy to use and lets you choose your resolution output, which is a nice feature.

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AZ Screen Recorder

This app has a great feature that lets you pause and resume your screen records, then export them to one file. You don’t realize how useful it is until you try it. There’s no time limit to your records, no watermark and it’s completely ad free.

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Rec. (Screen Recorder)

And for those of you that require root to run screen records, this is the best app for you. Rec. allows you to choose the bitrate for your records and the resolution. The best thing about this app is that it lets you record system audio or mic audio. This is perfect for game recording.

Play store link


So that is everything you need to know about screenshots and screen recording. It is what it is.