How to Take a Screenshot on Xbox One

Learn how to capture, share, and upload Xbox images and video

Xbox One features built-in screenshot and video capture capabilities, allowing you to photograph or record game footage that can be shared online.

Once captured, users can upload images and video to OneDrive, share them directly to Twitter, or back them up to a computer. Screenshots and videos can also be downloaded through the Xbox app, which makes it easy to archive your favorite moments and share them on other social media platforms.

How to Take a Screenshot on Xbox One

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Taking an Xbox One screenshot only requires you to push two buttons.

Follow these steps to take a screenshot on Xbox One:

This feature only works while playing a game. It is also disabled for streaming.

  1. Press the Xbox button.

  2. When the screen overlay appears, press the Y button.

You will see a message informing you that your screenshot has been saved. The screen overlay will disappear, allowing you to return to your game.

If you'd like to capture the last 30 seconds of gameplay as a video, press the X button instead.

How to Share a Screenshot on Xbox One

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Xbox One lets you share screenshots and videos right from the console.

Follow these steps to share screenshots and videos that you have captured with Xbox One:

  1. Press the Xbox button.

  2. Navigate to the Broadcast and Capture tab.

  3. Select Recent Captures.

  4. Select a video or image to share.

  5. Select OneDrive to upload the video or image to the OneDrive account associated with your Gamertag.

Select Twitter to share an image directly to Twitter. Other options allow you to share images and videos to your activity feed, an Xbox club, or in a message to one of your friends.

How to Capture 4K HDR Screenshots and Video Clips on Xbox One

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Xbox One S and Xbox One X allow you to capture screenshots and gameplay footage in 4k.

If your Xbox One is capable of outputting 4K video, and your television is capable of displaying 4K, then you can capture screenshots and video in 4K. If your television has high dynamic range (HDR) enabled, your captures will also reflect the improved contrast.

To capture media in 4K you have to change your Xbox One capture settings:

  1. Press the Xbox button.

  2. Navigate to System > Settings.

  3. Select Preferences > Broadcast & Capture > Game clip resolution.

  4. Select one of the 4K options.

This will dramatically increase the file size of screenshots and video clips. If you want to share your 4K screenshots on social media platforms like Twitter, you may need to download them to your PC and then resize the images.

How to Access Xbox One Screenshots and Videos From a Computer

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If you don't like Twitter, the Xbox app lets you download your Xbox One screenshots so you can share them wherever you want.

While it's easy to share screenshots directly from your Xbox One, you may want to archive your favorite moments on a computer. One way to do this is by uploading content to OneDrive and then downloading it to a computer. Alternatively, you can use the Xbox app.

Here's how to use the Xbox app to download Xbox One media to a Windows PC:

  1. Download and install the Xbox app.

  2. Launch the Xbox app and select Game DVR.

  3. Select On Xbox Live.

  4. Select the screenshots or videos you'd like to save.

  5. Select Download.

Once you have downloaded Xbox One content to your PC, you can access it by following these instructions:

  1. Launch the Xbox app and select Game DVR.

  2. Select On this PC.

  3. Select the screenshots or videos you want to view.

  4. Select Open folder.

This will open the folder on your computer where the media has been saved. Now you can share it to any social media platform you like. You can also organize and archive your favorite gaming memories.