How to Take a Screenshot Tutorial on the LG G Flex

A screenshot of the LG G Flex phone.

 Screenshot Courtesy of LG

So you’re playing around with your brand-spanking new LG G Flex and admiring its curves — perhaps even thinking which of your offspring to sell to pay for a price tag that’s as sizable as its humongous 6-inch screen. Maybe you’re browsing online for LG G Flex accessories to protect your big investment. Then you stumble across an image of Justin Bieber that you just gotta have. My first tip? Seek professional help. If you still want a picture of the guy after that, well, I at least admire your dedication. To reward your iron will and impressive courage in admitting that you actually want a picture of Justin Bieber, I have put together a tutorial about taking a screenshot with the LG G Flex. 

Note: Although the directions below are specific to the GL G Flex phone, they may still apply to other Android phones including those made by Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.

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Pick the Image or Screen You Want to Capture

To get started, make sure you've got the image you want to capture on your LG G Flex Android smartphone's screen. Image © Jason Hidalgo

If you own the newer LG G Flex 2, the process is actually the same, which I talk about in my LG G Flex 2 Tips and Tricks article. Anyway, for this tutorial, I’ll start with this picture of a Monster Hunter Silver Rathalos from my old Loc Lac Kitty Karters blog. And no, I’m not going to use a picture of Justin Bieber for this tutorial. Seriously. Now onward to the next step.

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Take Your Screenshot with the LG G Flex

To take a screenshot with the LG G Flex smartphone, press the "power" and "volume down" buttons at the same time. Image © Jason Hidalgo

Once you decide on an image, it’s time to capture it. For web photos, the simplest way is to just tap and hold the image to bring up a menu that will save the image right away. Sometimes, though, you might run across an image you can’t save or you may want to take a an image of your actual phone screen. As with devices such as the iPhone, iPad or Samsung Galaxy line, the move requires pressing two buttons. In the case of the aforementioned devices, you use the power and home buttons. The LG G Flex, however, has two key differences. One is that it doesn’t have a physical home button. Another is that the power button is actually on the back. The good news is that taking a screenshot is still pretty simple. All you need to do is press the power button and the “volume down” button at the same time. You can do so with two fingers though you also can strategically press between both buttons if you prefer to use just one finger. If you do it right, you’ll hear a snapping sound effect and visual cue that the screenshot was taken. But wait, in some cases, you might realize the picture doesn’t look quite right and now you want to crop it. Read on for the next step.

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How to Crop an Image or Photo With the LG G Flex

This image lists a step-by-step explanation on how to crop an image, photo or screenshot with the LG G Flex Android smartphone. Image © Jason Hidalgo

To crop an image, photo or screenshot with your LG G Flex, tap on it to bring up the photo menu and click on the upper pencil icon just to the left of the camera icon. This will bring up the “Choose an action” box. Click on the “Photo Studio” app and you’ll notice a bunch of new icons below. On the rightmost menu you’ll see the crop tool icon (it’s the small box with overlapping lines). Tap that to bring out another row of adjustment and image editing tools, including red eye removal, a “Face Glow” tool, as well as straightening, rotation, flipping and sharpening tool. For cropping, you’ll want the very first one that says, uh, “Crop.” Yet another useful tip from Captain Obvious’ less well known brother, Captain Super Obvious. This will bring up a cropping box that you can adjust. Swiping within the box moves the entire square while pulling on the handles resizes the crop box. Once the photo is cropped the right way, tap on the crop icon to crop the the photo. Yes, I just used the same word three times in one sentence, much to the dismay of all my English teachers. Your cropped photo will now be saved in one of your image folders. In my case, the photo was saved in the “Screenshots” folder because that’s where the source image came from. You can move the photo to any image album in your LG G Flex, however, by tapping and holding on its thumbnail from the “Screenshots” folder to bring out a menu with the “Move” command. From the same menu, you also can delete photos or set images as a contact photo or wallpaper for your home screen or lock screen.

Looking for pointers on the Apple iPad? Check out my iPad Tutorials for more tips.