Want to take a screenshot on your Android smartphone, but don’t really know how it works? Nothing could be simpler, we explain everything here.

Take a screenshot – or screenshot– on Android. Of course, a good part of our usual readership probably doesn’t need to be told how to use this ultra-simple, old-fashioned feature. But every day sees its batch of neophytes taking their first steps on Android and it is never bad to remember the basics.

Time for explanations! Be careful, for some Samsung smartphones (Galaxy S7, Galaxy A5 2017, Galaxy A3 2017, among others, as well as on previous models), the process is different and we explain it a little further down in this paper.

Make a screenshot

The method described below is the one that works for the vast majority of smartphones. If you have – at random – an Honor 8, a Huawei P20 Pro, a Sony Xperia XA2 or a Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) to name but a few, it will work.

To take a screenshot, you need to press the physical buttonsOn/Off andBottom Volumeon the edge of the phone at the same time. On some models, you will need to hold down for a little more than a second. On others, capture is instantaneous.

The image you have just captured is then in your Photo Gallery, in a specially dedicated “Screenshots” folder.

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Special feature of some Samsung Galaxy

On Samsung models with a physical home button at the bottom of the screen, the method is different: press theHome/Home and On/Offbutton at the same time. In the following non-exhaustive list, you will find some Samsung smartphones on which you need to use this particular method to make a screenshot :

  • Galaxy S7; S7 Edge
  • Galaxy S6
  • Galaxy A5 (2017); Galaxy A5 (2016)
  • Galaxy A3 (2017); Galaxy A3 (2016)
  • Galaxy Note 4

On Samsung smartphones, you can also make a screenshot by dragging the side of your hand from one edge of the screen to the other. Just remember to enable this option in the phone settings.

Huawei and Honor options

If you have an Honor or Huawei smartphone, they allow you to take a screenshot from the shortcuts panel. Simply place your finger at the very top of your screen and slide it down to lower the panel. Then press the “Screenshot” tile.

If you don’t see the famous tile, tap the pencil at the top of your screen which will allow you to reorganize your shortcuts panel by making new icons appear.

Also note that on some high-end smartphones from these two brands, such as the Huawei P20 Pro, you can also take screenshots by tapping twice with your finger joint. By dragging the joint, you can also capture only a particular area of the screen.

Remember to enable this option in the device settings.

New on Android P, already present on the Sony Xperia

On Sony smartphones, such as the Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ2, XZ2 Compact, XZ Premium or XA2, simply press and hold the On/Offbutton. Instead of choosing to turn off or restart the device, simply choose the third option : “Take a screenshot”.

Android P brings this feature as well.