How to take screenshots in Windows Phone 8.1 & Windows 10 Mobile

There are times when you need a quick screenshot of what’s on the screen of your smartphone. You might have a funny conversation to capture, an error message or a screen from an app that you are using. If you have a smartphone with Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows 10 Mobile installed, here’s what you have to do in order to take a screenshot of just about anything:

NOTE: If you have a smartphone with Windows Phone 7.8, you won't be able to take screenshots. This feature is not included in this edition of Windows Phone. This guide applies only to smartphones with Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows 10 Mobile.

Take screenshots in Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile

In order to take screenshots in Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile, go to the screen or app that you want to capture in the screenshot. Then, press and hold the Power and Volume Up buttons at the same time.

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When the screenshot is taken, you see the text “Saving to Screenshots on the top side of the screen.

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Where to find your screenshots?

Screenshots in Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile are saved as PNG image files. They are found on your smartphone’s memory card or storage space (depending on how you have set up the operating system to store pictures).

There, go the Pictures folder and then to the Screenshots subfolder. You can open this location by using the Files app for Windows Phone 8.1 or File Explorer for Windows 10 Mobile.

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Alternatively, you can use the Photos app from your smartphone and go to the Screenshots folder.

Another way to access the screenshots on your smartphone is by connecting it to a Windows PC and then navigating with File Explorer. Open your smartphone’s internal storage space or microSD card and then go to Pictures -> Screenshots.

Conclusion

As you can see, taking a screenshot of anything in Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile is quite easy and it involves pressing only two buttons. If you have any question on this subject, don’t hesitate to use the comments form below.

About the Author: Ciprian Adrian Rusen
I love technology and I work in IT for more than a decade. I am the co-founder of Digital Citizen and its chief editor. Alongside my work as an editor, I am also an author. I have written and published 7 books, most of them about Microsoft products and technologies. They are translated into more than 12 languages. In 2014, I have been recognized by Microsoft for my technical expertise and involvement in the community with the title of Microsoft MVP - Windows Consumer Expert.