Screenshots are handy. You can use them to show your grandparent how to use a new app. You can use them to send a shot of that strange error message to your company’s IT department. You can use them to capture tweets — yours or someone else’s — before they disappear down the deletion black hole.
Methods to take screenshots can differ depending on the version of Android your phone is running and also on who manufactured your phone. In this case, we used Google Pixel 6 and Samsung Galaxy S23 phones running Android 13.
Screenshots on phones running Android 13
There are several ways to take a simple screenshot, depending on your phone and what you’re comfortable with.
- For the Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy: Hold down the power button and press the volume-down button. (This also works with Android 12.) Or...
- For the Pixel: Go to the app and / or page you want to take a screenshot of. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to the Recents screen; you’ll see a button for Screenshot at the bottom of the screen. Or...
- For the Galaxy: Swipe the edge of your palm across the screen. (To make sure this is activated, go to Settings > Advanced features > Motions and gestures and enable Palm swipe to capture.) Or...
- Activate Google Assistant and tell it to take a screenshot.
Just after you take your screenshot, a smaller version (or, in the case of the Samsung, a round icon) will appear in the bottom left of your screen, along with buttons to let you share or edit the image — or, possibly, to take a scrolling screenshot (which I’ll explain in a moment). You can also tap on the screenshot to get more options. But hurry — that corner version disappears in a few seconds.
Take scrolling screenshots
One really nice feature introduced in Android 12 is the ability to take scrolling screenshots — in other words, to get more of the page than you immediately see on your screen.
For the Pixel
- Take your screenshot.
- Look for the Capture more button down in the lower-left corner, next to the Share and Edit buttons. (It may not be available in all apps.) Tap on it.
- You’ll see the entire page on your display; the longer the page, the smaller the type. Adjust the margins to encompass as much of the page as you want to capture, then select Save at the top left of the screen.
For the Galaxy
- Take your screenshot.
- Next to the little round thumbnail in the left lower corner, there will be a toolbar. The first icon on the left will show two small down-pointing arrows. Tap and hold that icon.
- The thumbnail will expand to show how much of the screen you’re capturing. Once you’ve got as much of the screen as you want, lift your finger.
Find your screenshots
Your screenshots won’t do you much good if you can’t find them!
- Long-press on the Photos icon on your homescreen.
- Tap the Screenshot shortcut (Pixel) or the View Screenshots label (Galaxy). This will take you directly to your Screenshots folder.
If you’re already in your Photos app:
- Tap on Library in the lower right corner.
- You should see an icon with the word Screenshots under it (scroll down if it’s not immediately visible. Tap on that.
Update April 26th, 2023, 11:45AM ET: This article was originally published on July 27th, 2020, and has been since updated to center on directions for Android 13 on Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy devices.