Since after the version 4.0, the Android system has had a built-in feature that allows you to take a screenshot on your mobile device by pressing the Power button and Volume-Down button simultaneously.
However, using these two buttons at the same time to capture a screenshot can be a pain—pressing the Power button too soon shuts down the screen, or pressing the Volume-Down button too soon reduces the volume.
To ease the pain, some device manufacturers have modified the Android system to let you take a screenshot by simply pressing an icon or a shortcut. Without that, it's worthwhile to install a third party app that helps.
Screenshot Easy is one of the most popular third party apps that you can download from the Google Play store and install to your device for taking screenshots in more ways.
After the install, run this app and tap "Start Capture". You can then use any of the following methods that you've enabled in the app to snap a screenshot:
- Tap an icon overlaid on the screen;
- Tap the app icon from the notification accessible by swiping down from top of the screen;
- Shake your device;
- Use the camera button if supported on your device;
- Use the button combo, either Power+VolumeDown buttons or Power+Home buttons depending on your device;
- Connect or disconnect your device to/from power.
As a bonus, Screenshot Easy gives you more choices in handling your screenshots such as switching colors, rotate, date and time stamps, timeout, image format, notification, save location and more.
This app works on most mobile devices, is free and supported by ads. If the Android system on your device is older than the version 4.0, this app may not work. In that case, taking screenshots is still possible but a lot more troublesome, like using the Android SDK or otherwise on a rooted mobile device.
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