Taking A Screenshot on Your Tablet: A Few Tips and Tricks
Taking photographs and screenshots are one of the most frequently used features of any smartphone or tablet. A screenshot is a handy tool to make things easier in terms of tech support and customer care, a help guide, or sometimes just a way to save something cool.
The camera design on many smartphones and tablets are really well thought through and incredibly intuitive to use. On the other hand, taking a screenshot seems to be a bit trickier, and even frustrating. But never fear, we are here to help you get rid of the frustration.
So you can take screenshots of everything from the hilarious text conversation you had with a friend, to your winning high score on a game, or an important element of a text file that you need to share quickly.
The type of device
Firstly, remember that most devices will have the same basic way of taking a screenshot, but there can be some variation between different types. If you have an Android device it should not be to difficult to take a screenshot on your phone or tablet even if you have a different brand. This includes brands like LG, Samsung, Lenovo, and the list goes on.
Screenshots on Android devices
When you want to take a screenshot on your Android device we have a few basic steps for you to follow.
First, you need to go the screen you want to capture. So navigate to the page or image that you would like to take a screenshot of. Remember the screenshot will include everything you see on the screen. This includes buttons and menus.
Now, to take the screenshot you will need to do one of two things (usually). The first option will be to press a combination of buttons for one to two seconds. The second option (especially on Samsung devices) will be to swipe the screen.
If you want to take a screenshot using the button method is will depend on your device, but you usually need to press a combination of the Power (Lock) button and volume down for a second or two. Sometimes the combination of buttons will be different. They might also be located on different parts of the device, but are usually located on the top edges.
It can be a combination of the power and home buttons or on older devices, the back and home button. Play around with this a little, but you should be able to figure out quickly which combination works on your device.
The shot will have been taken if you see one of the following things on your screen after pressing the buttons. One, you will see a copy of the screen you are on shrink into the corner or a type of frame.
Second, you may also hear the camera sound. It can be helpful to turn your sound on if you are trying a screenshot for the first time.
Third, if your device is capable of this, you might see a notification bar or icon appear.
If you don’t see anything try to a screenshot a few more times. It can take a little practice to get the combination of buttons and timing right if you are not used to using this method.
The key trick is to press the two buttons at the same time, for at least a second or even two.
This method is easy to use on a smaller device like a smartphone, but it can be a bit trickier on larger devices like a Samsung Galaxy Tab. For this swiping movement you need to swipe the length of your hand across the entire screen.
So imagine that you want to wipe something with the edge of your hand with your thumb pointing upward (away from the screen). The swipe in one steady movement from right to left across the screen.
As with the button method, you should heart the camera sound, or see a screen animation to confirm that you had a successful capture.
Where is my image?
Now the next step is to see if the image is the one you need. If you are sure you did get a screen capture you can now go and retrieve the image you need. Go to your gallery app, once you open it there should be a screenshots library.
If you don’t see it there, it might be under recent images. If you don’t find anything in your gallery or photo album folders, try to take another screenshot to confirm that you did take one.
You can also check your notification screen or bar, there you can also select the image and decide what you want to do with it.
Once you have your screenshot, you can select it by tapping on the image. Then you can either touch or hold it to open more options, or select the menu function to share or edit it.
Also remember that older devices might not have the functionality to take a screenshot (Android 2.2 and earlier for example).
Screenshots on Apple devices
Taking a screenshot on an Apple device is not that much different from what we have described, but we will take you through the steps so you can do it easily.
On an Apple device like an iPad you will also need to press two buttons at the same time. In this case it will be the sleep/wake button and the home button. The sleep/wake button is usually at the top of device and the home button is the circular one at the bottom in the center.
From there the steps really don’t differ at all from an Android device. You should be able to find your image in the photos app under camera roll.
There is an app for that
If you still find taking a screenshot a bit of a hassle, you can download an app to make the process more streamlined. There are a huge range of apps out there to help you with screenshots and image editing.
Play around with one of them and see if it helps you take the shots you need. Hopefully, you will now be able to easily take a screenshot and send your images to your friends or to tech support.