How to Take a Google Pixel Screenshot

Capture your screen with Android 9, 8, and 7

Sometimes you may want to take a screenshot on your Google Pixel. Luckily, that's easy to do whether your device is running Android 9.0 (Pie), 8.0 (Oreo), or 7.0 (Nougat).

Instructions in this article apply to the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL devices running Android 7.0 (Nougat) and later.

How to Take a Pixel Screenshot

Taking screenshots on the Google Pixel running Android 9.0 is easier than ever since you no longer have to hold two buttons at once. Android Pie also adds the option to edit and annotate screenshots after you capture one.

For Android 9.0 Pie

To capture a screenshot on Android Pie:

  1. Navigate to the screen you want to capture.

  2. Press and hold the Power button. You'll see three options: Power off, Restart, and Screenshot.

  3. Tap Screenshot.

    Screenshot button on Google Pixel
  4. The Pixel takes the screenshot and displays a notification confirming that it was saved. Tap the screenshot to view it.

    If you don't see the screen capture notification, pull down the notification shade. The screenshot is saved to the Gallery or the Google Photos app inside a folder called Screenshots.

  5. Tap Edit to open the Markup tool and edit the image to your liking. You also have the option to Share or Delete the screenshot.

For Android 8.0 Oreo and Android 7.1 Nougat

If you haven't upgraded Android to 9.0 yet, the screenshot process is different because you'll have to hold down two buttons simultaneously:

  1. Open the screen you want to capture.

  2. Press and hold the Power button and Volume Down at the same time. Both buttons are on the right side of the Pixel device. The screen flashes when the screenshot is captured. If the volume is on, the phone makes a sound.

    This may take a few tries. If you don't press the buttons at the exact same time, you'll either shut off the screen or lower the volume.

  3. Tap the screenshot notification to view it.

    If you don't see the screen capture notification, pull down the notification shade. The screenshot is saved to the Gallery or the Google Photos app inside a folder called Screenshots.

  4. Tap Share to share the image on social media or with your contacts, or tap Delete if you're unsatisfied with the screenshot.