How to Take Screenshots on Android

Capture your screen in different ways on different Android devices

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge held in man's hand above a keyboard

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Whether you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, a Moto X Pure Edition, or a Google Pixel, every Android device is a little different. For that reason, it's not always obvious which buttons you should press to take a screenshot. Learn how to capture what's on your screen and add effects to Android screenshots on any smartphone or tablet.

Instructions in this article apply to all smartphones and tablets running Android 2.3 and later.

How to Take a Screenshot on Any Android Device

How you take an Android screenshot depends on where the Home button is located on your device. Take a look at your smartphone or tablet. Does it have a physical Home button like the Samsung Galaxy or Google Pixel devices?

If so, the Home button is located on the bottom bezel of the device. Press and hold the Home and Power/Lock buttons at the same time for a few seconds to capture the screen. The Power/Lock button is usually on the top or upper-right side of the device. 

On devices like the Motorola X Pure Edition, Droid Turbo 2, Google Nexus, and Droid Maxx 2, the physical Home button has been replaced by a screen icon. If this is the case for you, press and hold the Power/Lock button and the Volume Down button at the same time to take a screenshot.

Since these buttons are typically on the same side of the device, it may take a few tries to get it right. Be sure to press both buttons simultaneously or else you may adjust the volume or lock the device instead.

How to Take Screenshots on Galaxy Devices Using Motions and Gestures

Samsung Galaxy devices offer an alternative method for taking screenshots using the Motions and gestures feature. Go to your device settings, choose Advanced features, select Motions and gestures, then enable Palm swipe to capture.

Advanced features, Motions and gestures, and Palm swipe to capture toggle ON in Samsung settings

When you want to take a screenshot, swipe the side of your palm from left to right or from right to left. Be careful when you swipe so that you don't accidentally interact with the screen.

Where to Find Your Android Screenshots

Regardless of the device, after you capture a screenshot, you'll find the most recently taken screenshot in your notification bar. After clearing your notifications, look in the Gallery app or in Google Photos for an album called Screenshots.

How to Add Effects to Android Screenshots

From the Gallery app, it's possible to share images and make alterations such as cropping or adding special effects. Choose the photo you want to view, then tap the icons in the upper-right corner of the app to share or edit the image. If you want more options, try a dedicated photo editing app for Android.