Whether you’re a new Galaxy smartphone owner, a webmaster or just an excited Android user who wants to show off their home screen to friends, Android screen capture can be a pain. While later versions of Android offer, easier, built-in approaches for taking screenshots, device owners running 4.0 and below have to go through quite some trouble. But no matter what type of smartphone you are using, and regardless your Android operating system version, you can definitely capture the screen on your Android phone.

In this post, we look at 6 ways to capture screen on and Android smartphone.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich & Later Versions

A good deal of the more recent versions of Android screen capture absolutely easy. All you need to do is press and hold the Volume down and Power buttons simultaneously. An animation then presents on the screen showing that the screen capture has been saved. By default, screen capture images go to the Gallery. Most devices will also produce the typical Android camera capture sound to confirm that the screenshot has been taken successfully. You can easily access them by launching the Gallery app.

Manufacturer Shortcuts

Sometimes, manufacturers build special screen capture shortcuts into their pre-Android 4.0 devices. Samsung is one of these manufacturers. On the Galaxy Note and Galaxy SII devices running earlier versions of Android, you can just press the home and Power buttons simultaneously to capture screen. Practically, you have to press and hold the Home button, then quickly press the Power button. The Galaxy S also has a special combination of keys that allow for a screen capture — press and hold the Back button + the Power button together. Alternatively, you can press the Back button and double-tap the Home button to capture a screenshot on the same device. A good number of devices running earlier versions of Android have their own manufacturer-specified approaches for screenshot taking. Just give it a Google search and most likely you’ll get something.

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Manufacturer Hooks

There are also manufacturer-made hooks that allow for Android screen capture. They typically allow some apps to capture a screenshot. Devices with these include the Samsung galaxy Tab, the Samsung Galaxy S and the Pre-ICS Android Galaxy SII. The AndroSS app is a device-specific app that allows users to capture screen shots of their device without root access. Search the Google Play for an application that might work with your device.

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