How to Take Screenshots in Windows Phone 8 and 8.1

Taking screenshots in Windows Phone has been problematic, at least until the release of Windows Phone 8. Now this task can be done with ease, by pressing two buttons on your phone. Also, Windows Phone 8.1 has changed the procedure for taking screenshots, which may confuse users. To learn how to take screenshots in Windows Phone 8 and 8.1, read this quick tutorial.

NOTE: If you have a smartphone with Windows Phone 7.5 or 7.8 you won't be able to take screenshots. This feature is not included in these editions of Windows Phone.

Taking Screenshots in Windows Phone 8

To take screenshots, simply press and hold the Windows and Power buttons, simultaneously. You will hear a click sound and the screenshot is taken.

To view your screenshots, go to Photos. Tap albums and then Screenshots.

Windows Phone 8, screenshot

When you connect your phone to your PC, screenshots get automatically synchronized together with all of your pictures. You will notice that they are saved as PNG files, which is great.

Taking Screenshots in Windows Phone 8.1

If you follow the same procedure in Windows Phone 8.1, you won't be able to take any screenshots. The first time you try to take a screenshot using the method from Windows Phone 8, you will see a warning that says "The screenshot button combo has changed".

Windows Phone 8.1, screenshot

In order to take screenshots in Windows Phone 8.1, you need to press and hold the Power and Volume Up buttons at the same time.

Why This Change in Windows Phone 8.1?

That's because Windows Phone 8.1 was updated to also work with smartphones that do not have a hardware Windows button like smartphones with Windows Phone 8 do. You will see many new Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones being launched without this button. In order to keep providing this feature, Microsoft had to change the button combination for taking screenshots, so that it works on all smartphones.

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.