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How to take screenshots on an Android phone or tablet

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Sometimes it is necessary to take a still image of what is happening on the screen of your device; that’s called a screenshot. While this used to be a nuisance on Android (many moons ago), all modern phones include the capability. Here’s how to do it.

How to take a screenshot on Android

Android devices can vary a lot when it comes to how things work. Fortunately, the vast majority of Android phones and tablets can take a screenshot using the same method.

Just press and hold Power + Volume Down buttons for one second. The screen will flash and you will see a thumbnail preview of the screenshot in the corner of the screen (this will look different depending on your phone).

Android image preview.
Screenshot preview on Google Pixel phones.

You’ll see options to “Share” and “Edit,” plus some devices also have a “Capture More” option to scroll through screenshots.

RELATED: How to Take a Scrolling Screenshot on Android

How to take a screenshot on Samsung Galaxy devices

Galaxy S21
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The above method works on Samsung Galaxy devices, but there are other methods you can use as well. Seriously, Samsung includes many methods to take screenshots.

In addition to the Power + Volume Down method, there is also a palm gesture, “Smart Select” to capture sections of the screen, and “Hey Bixby”. We have detailed instructions for all these methods in our dedicated guide.

Samsung Image Toolbar.

You’ll still see a small preview of the screenshot in the corner of the screen with some immediate sharing and editing options.

How to find screenshots on Android

Regardless of the phone model, you can interact with the screenshot directly from the thumbnail preview toolbar. You may also be wondering where screenshots can be found after that preview is gone.

Most Android devices put screenshots in their own folder called “Screenshots”. This also applies to Samsung Galaxy. You can find this folder in any gallery or file manager app of your choice.

Binder "images" from Android.
Samsung Gallery / Google Photos / Google Files

The one weird exception is Google Photos on Samsung Galaxy devices. While there is a “Screenshots” folder on Galaxy devices, it doesn’t show up in the Google Photos app for some reason. Screenshots appear in the “Camera” folder.


This is how you take screenshots on Android phones and tablets! It’s a fairly easy thing to do, but you may have more than one option to do it. After taking the screenshot, there are also a handful of editing tools at your disposal.

RELATED: How to Take a Scrolling Screenshot on Android

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