How to Take a Google Pixel Screenshot

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Sometimes you need to screenshot something on your Google Pixel, and luckily, it's pretty easy to do.

Here's how to screenshot on Google Pixel phones, regardless of if you have Android 7.0 Nougat, 8.0 Oreo, or 9.0 Pie.

Instructions in this article apply to the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.

Take a Pixel Screenshot With Android 9.0 Pie

Taking screenshots on the Google Pixel running Android 9.0 Pie is easier than ever. You no longer have to hold two buttons at once, which can frequently result in user error. Android Pie also adds the option to edit and annotate screenshots after you capture one.

To capture a screenshot on Android Pie:

  1. Navigate to the screen you want to capture.

  2. Press and hold the Power button.

  3. You'll see three options: Power off, Restart, and Screenshot.

    Google Pixel screen with three options on the right side: power off, restart, and screenshot
  4. Tap Screenshot.

  5. The Pixel will take the screenshot and display a notification that says "Screenshot saved."

  6. You can tap the screenshot to view it.

  7. There are three other options: Share, Edit, and Delete.

  8. Tap Edit to open the Markup tool and edit the image to your liking.

If you don't see the Screenshot capture notification, return to the Home screen to see it or pull down the notification shade. The screenshot will be saved to your Gallery or Google Photos app inside a screenshot folder.

Take a Pixel Screenshot With Android 8.0 Oreo and Android 7.1 Nougat

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

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.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Open the screen you want to capture.

  2. On the right side of the Pixel device is a power button, and below are volume up and down buttons.

  3. Press the Power button and Volume Down at the same time.

  4. The screen will flash when the screenshot is captured. If your volume is on, the phone will make a clicking sound.

  5. A screenshot icon screen will appear in the notification bar at the top. If you swipe down, you should see a "Screenshot captured" notification to let you know the process was successful.

  6. The Pixel will display a notification that says "Screenshot saved." The screenshot will be saved to your Gallery or Google Photos app inside a screenshot folder.

    If you don't see the Screenshot notification, return to the Home screen to see it or pull down the notification shade. 

  7. Tap the screenshot notification to view it.

  8. There are two other options: Share and Delete. Tap Share to share it with social media or your contacts. Tap Delete if you're unsatisfied with the screenshot and try again.