3 ways to take a screenshot, on Android (including Samsung Galaxy devices)

Do you need to take a screenshot on your Android smartphone or tablet? Do you need a guide that is updated for the latest versions of Android like 8.0 Oreo and the newest smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S9 or Huawei P20 Pro? We have three methods that work well both on Android smartphones and tablets. Let's get started:

NOTE: This guide was tested and confirmed to work on the following versions of Android: Android 8.0 Oreo, Android 7.0 Nougat, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. However, it should also work on older versions.

Method 1: Simultaneously press the Power plus Volume Down buttons

If you use a recent version of Android, then this method works, no matter what smartphone or tablet you have. All you have to do is press Power and Volume Down, simultaneously. You then see an animation showing that you captured what is on the screen. The only issue is to find these two buttons. They have a different place depending on the device that you have. For example, on a Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone, the Power button is on the right side of the phone, and the Volume Down button on the left.

Many other smartphone manufacturers have a different placement for their buttons. For example, on a Huawei P20 Pro, the Volume Down button is just above the Power button.

The screenshot is saved automatically on your smartphone in PNG or JPEG format, depending on the format chosen by the manufacturer of your device. For example, Huawei smartphones only use the JPEG format for screenshots. The same is true for the latest Samsung smartphones. ASUS Zenfone smartphones can use either PNG or JPEG, while Google Pixel smartphones use PNG as the default format.

Method 2: Use the screenshot tool provided by your smartphone manufacturer

Some Android smartphone manufacturers like Huawei or Sony, offer their screenshot-taking tools, alongside the default offered by Android. For example, on a Huawei P20 smartphone, extend the list of quick settings from the top side of the screen, and you can find a Screenshot button. Tap on it, and a screenshot is taken for everything that is on the screen, behind the list of quick settings.

If a similar button is not there, you can personalize the list of quick settings, to add it, using the instructions from this guide: How to change the quick settings available on Android smartphones and tablets.

Method 3: Use a screenshot-taking app from Play Store, like Screen Master

Fire up the Play Store and search for the word screenshot. You find many apps for taking screenshots. When choosing the one you want to install, see the average ratings, and read the reviews. There are considerable differences in quality between apps. One of the apps we like best is Screen Master: Screenshot & Longshot, Photo Markup.

The app offers additional features that you might like when compared to the standard Android experience. For example, you can choose the file format and the image quality you prefer for taking screenshots. You can use a gesture to take screenshots, like shaking your Android smartphone or tablet, or you can enable a floating button on the screen, that you can press to take screenshots.

Another useful feature is the fact that you can stitch screenshots together or do some light editing on them. The Screen Master app is free and supported with a discreet ad. If you want to, you can also go ad-free by paying a small fee for the Pro version.

Where does Android store your screenshots? How to view your screenshots.

By default, the Android operating system stores screenshots on your device's internal storage, in the following location: Pictures -> Screenshots. When you open the Google Photos app, you see them directly alongside the pictures you took. Tap on the screenshot that you want to see, and it is loaded immediately.

You can view all your screenshots by tapping on Albums and then on Screenshots.

Which method do you prefer for taking screenshots?

Now you know three methods for taking screenshots on Android devices, which do not involve rooting your smartphone or doing anything complicated. Try them out and see which method you prefer best. Also, comment below and share with us your favorite way of taking screenshots on Android smartphones and tablets.