Screenshot Hot Shot: Clever Ways to Take Screenshots on Any Device
Thursday, 13 February 2020

 Want to become a screenshot hot shot? We're here for you. Click here to learn about clever ways to take screenshots on any device!

 Remember the days when you had to show people what was on your phone by meeting up with them in person? There was once a time when there was no way to prove that a certain individual was texting your phone or that your computer was actually putting out an error code stopping you from doing homework. Thank goodness those are times of the past!

Gone are the caveman days and here are the days of screenshots! Everyone loves a good screenshot whether it's for personal reasons, business reasons, or something else. However, knowing how to take screenshots on every type of device takes a lot of memorization. 

Not all devices take screenshots the same way, but one thing is true for all devices: there is a way to take the screenshot. Phones aren't the only things that you can screenshot on. You can screenshot on just about any device you own.

All you need to do is learn how to do it! Are you ready to become a screenshotting pro? Continue reading below to learn everything you need to know!
Android Devices

In the past, Android devices used a hand swiping motion to trigger the screenshot feature. Although this still might be true for some Android devices, there's now a much easier way to take a screenshots.

Here are a few ways to take screenshots on Androids. 

Key Combos

The most universal way of taking screenshots on Androids is to use key combos. Most Androids require you to hold down the power button and the volume down button at the same time. However, there are a few devices that require you to use a different type of key combo. 

LG phones allow you to take screenshots when pressing the lock button at the same time as the volume down button. HTC phones require you to press the power and home button at the same time. 

Power Buttons

Some Android phones and tablets have a screenshot option within the power menu. Try holding down the power button on your Android device. A menu should then appear. 

If an option for a screenshot comes up, you can click it and take a screenshot of whatever's on your screen! Don't worry, the power menu won't show in the screenshot.


Another way to take screenshots on an Android is to use AirDroid. This comes in handy when taking a screenshot on one device but wanting to transfer the screenshot to another device. Both devices will need to be connected to the same Wifi network and then you're good to go!

Download the AirDroid app onto your Android device. Then, you'll want to click on the AirDroid Web and write down the IP address shown. Open a new tab on your computer's browser and type the IP address in. 

After hitting enter, your computer will launch Airdroid. You should then see an option for screenshots. Go to the screen on your phone that you want screenshotted and then click on the screenshot option on your computer.
This will take a screenshot of your phone from your computer! The image will then be saved on your computer. 

Windows Devices

If you own a Windows device, then you have it quite easy! Although all Windows devices are unique in their own way, the process of taking a screenshot is an easy task to do. This is because most Windows devices have an actual button on the keyboard for screenshots! 

Here are your options.

Print Screen Key

There is a screenshot button right on your keyboard! This button will say PrintScreen or "Prt Sc." 

Some keyboards are different than others so it depends on what type of Windows device you're using. Either way, taking the screenshot is simple! Press this button when on the screen that you want to copy, and your computer will save it to your clipboard.

You can now post this image into a blank document. To take a screenshot and have it saved onto your device, press the Windows key+Prt Sc. On tablets, press the Windows key+Volume down. 

Windows Button and Print Screen Key

When using Windows 10, you can press the Windows button and the print screen button at the same time. When using this technique, your computer will save the screenshot image into a folder labeled, "Screenshots." 

You can find this folder in your computer's pictures folder. You'll click on pictures and then on screenshots. If you want to take a screenshot of only the contents in a currently opened window, you can press Atl+PrtSc. 


Some devices don't have a print screen button but don't fear. You can still take a screenshot using another method. For devices without the convenient print screen button, press Fn+Win+Spacebar (Win is the Windows button). 

Mac Devices

If you own a Mac, you can take a screenshot on your Mac devices as well. The way that you'll need to do so is a bit different than how you would on other devices, but the end result is just the same.

Here's what you'll need to do. 


To save a full-screen screenshot, be sure to press the command+shift+3. Do you want to save a screenshot of a single window? Press command+shift+4. 

After doing so, press the spacebar and then click on the window that you want to take a screenshot of. If you're looking to take a screenshot of a selection and nothing else, this is also an option. To do so, press command+shift+4 and then use your mouse cursor to select what you want screenshotted. 

Chrome Devices

Chrome devices are useful tools and can be much more convenient than laptops. If you own a Chrome device such as a Chromebook, you have some screenshotting options of your own.

Here's how you'll screenshot on your Chrome devices!

Ctrl+Switch Window Button

When you want to take a screenshot of the entire screen, press the ctrl+window switch button. The window switcher button is the button on your Chrome device that you use to switch between different windows. Want to only take a screenshot of a selection of the screen?

To do this, press the ctrl+shift+window switch button. After doing this, click and drag to select the area that you want screenshotted.

iPhone Devices

iPhone devices have their own ways of taking screenshots. Although their way of taking screenshots is different from other devices, it still gets the job done. It's also not much different than other devices. 

Here's how to take a screenshot on your iPhone devices. 

Home and Power Button

You'll need to press the home button and the power button at the same time. This technique will work using iPhones and iPads. A full-screen screenshot will be taken and saved into your photos app. 

The screenshots are saved into a folder labeled, "screenshots" within the photos app. This makes it easy for iPhone users as all screenshots will be saved in the same place, rather than saving into the gallery with other types of images. 

iPhones also allow you to take video screenshots. You'll need to first add the screen recording widget from your iPhone's control settings. Open the widget and tap record to take a video screenshot of your phone. 

Other Devices

Screenshotting for Androids, iPhones, and Windows and Macs isn't the only type of screenshotting available. There are other devices other than the ones listed above that also have screenshotting abilities. Here are some other techniques you might need to know.

Do you own an Apple Watch? Go into your Apple Watch settings on your iPhone and enable screenshots. Then, on your watch, press and hold down the Digital Crown button and the side button at the same time. The screenshot will be saved on your iPhone.

Own a Kindle? Take a screenshot on your kindle by tapping the lower right and upper left corners of the screen at the same time. The image will be saved and can then be uploaded onto your computer by connecting your kindle to it.

For Samsung Galaxy Gear, press and hold the home button while swiping right on the screen at the same time. The screenshot will be saved on the Galaxy Gear's photo app.

Learn How to Take Screenshots Today!

If you weren't sure how to take screenshots before, we hope you now know how! Use this guide when in question and know that no matter what type of device you have, there's a good chance that taking screenshots is an option!

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