How To Take Screenshots on Android Smartphones Without Installing App

Last Updated: March 19, 2014

We all know that screenshots are essential for an effective tutorial! Since people need more tutorials for mobile than PCs and traditional computers now, it makes enough sense to learn how to take screenshots on your Android device. Particularly, this is useful if you are a blogger, who writes on Android, as you can use those screenshots to make that tutorial really effective, especially for those who are not patient enough to read text tutorial and to act. Likewise, it is quite useful if you want to share your Android experience with your friends or colleagues as well as, when you like to report bugs and issues.

Just as all other purposes, you can find a number of Android Apps that can help you to take screenshots of Android Smartphone as well. Nevertheless, the fact has it that each Smartphone has a dedicated key to take screenshots by default settings, but most of Android users seem to unaware about those key combinations. In this post, we shall tell you methods to take screenshots on some of popular Android Smartphones without installing any applications. We will also mention if you can use those key combinations for other devices as well, as it is not possible to list out all those Android devices in market.

Taking Screenshots on Samsung Galaxy S3

Samsung offers different ways to take screenshots on your Samsung Galaxy S3, and you can choose best according to your convenience.

Method 1: Hand Swipe Method

You can use this method to take screenshot of your Galaxy S3 and you need only your hands. You shall follow tips we have given below to use this method.

  1. Go to Settings and to Motion
  2. Fine ‘Hand Motion’ and go to ‘Palm Swipe to Capture’
  3. Tick the Box
  4. Go to the specific part of screen that you want to capture, and swipe your hands horizontally as though you are chopping the screen. If you were successful, you can hear a shutter sound, and find the image in gallery.

Method 2: Button Method

You can press the power button and home button at the same time to take screenshot of Galaxy S3. You can use this method to take screenshots on Samsung Galaxy S4, which is the successor of S3 in the series, as well.

How to Take Screenshot on Micromax Canvas A110

To capture screen of your Micromax Canvas A110, you have to press Volume Down and Power Button together, and screenshot will be saved in specific folder of gallery. In addition, you can use the same method to capture screenshot of any other Android Smartphone from Micromax Canvas series such as Canvas 4, Canvas 2, Micromax Canvas HD as well as Canvas Viva.

Capture Screen of Google Nexus 4

The process to take screenshot of Google Nexus 4 is quite simple! You have to press both volume down key and that power key simultaneously to capture the screen of Nexus 4. In seconds, the device will save the screenshot in device, and you can access it from there. In addition, to confirm your action, you can listen to a small flash in the screen.

You can use the same method to take screenshot on Google Nexus 5.

How to Take Screenshot on your Moto X

Well, the warrior from Motorola is here! Just like the device, process to take screenshot of your Moto X is so simple! For doing that, you have to press Power Button and the Volume Down button at the same time, and you can listen to a capture sound along with a message, saying that your screenshot has been saved to the gallery. Likewise, you can use this method to take screenshot of your Moto G, the budget-friendly Smartphone, as well.

Taking Screenshot on Sony Xperia S

If you want to capture screen of your Sony Xperia S for later use, you have to do the following key combination

Press Power Key and Volume down Key of your Sony Xperia S at same second

Pressing these two keys should be simultaneous, or you will have your Smartphone turned off or volume decreased. You can use the same method to take screenshot on Sony Xperia P and Sony Xperia Z as well.

How to Capture Screen of Galaxy Note 2

Resembling the case of Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 has different options to take screenshot of device. And those are as follows.

  1. Swipe your hands horizontally over the screen after enabling ‘Palm Swipe to Capture’ from Settings menu
  2. Press Power Button and Volume down button together

Note: The screenshot taking method, using combination of power button and home button seems to work in most of Samsung Galaxy Smartphones, whereas the Power button + Volume down button works for all Smartphones running Android v 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and later versions such as Android 4.3, Jelly Bean or Android 4.4 KitKat .

We hope these shortcuts will help you take screenshot on your Note 2 or Galaxy S3 without glitches of installing third party applications in your device. Do you know any other shortcuts to capture screen of these Smartphones? We will be glad to know them through your comments.

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