How To Take Screenshots in Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.x)

Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) finally brings screenshots natively to the mobile platform, to a lot of users of custom ROMs such as CyanogenMod or Darkys ROM it may seem like this has been a feature for a while but that isn’t the case.

To take a screenshot:
  • Simply hold down the Volume Down button and Power button for about a second.


You’ll see a flash and the screen will be framed which shows the screenshot was taken (I’ve tried grabbing a screenshot of this screen, but it’s pretty tricky and no luck yet!). The screenshot will be saved in a folder /Pictures/Screenshots on your phones internal SD card.

You’ll also get a new notification in the notification bar saying “Saving Screenshot…” and once it’s done there’ll be a “Screenshot captured.” notification in the pull down menu which will take you directly the screenshot in the Gallery.

For more screenshots, check out my first look and impressions post about ICS!

67 comments to How To Take Screenshots in Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.x)

  • Sandra

    Doesn’t work on the Galaxy Exhilarate. Any suggestions?

  • rebecca

    Same as what Sandra said. Took me forever to figure it out before ice cream sandwich and now it’s no where to be found again.

  • Stevan

    Thank you very much :) pressed togather volume down and power and hold it for about sec and WOALA there it goes :) Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanksss!!

  • jlo

    It does not work either on Samsung Galaxy S Blaze.

  • Charley

    Thanks. It worked effortlessly on my Sony Xperia Tipo but it’s not the most easy to utilize invention by Google. Nevertheless, thanks for saving me the trouble of searching for a screenshot app on Google play.

  • OVI

    oh…its wonderful…once i upgraded from android 2.3 to 4.1, i couldn’t find the screenshot…i thought they forgot to bring that option on upgraded version….but now i see its still there but a little bit complexity has come… :p

  • Candace

    I have a Samsung Galaxy Exhilerate,, and I cannot get the screenshot to work ever since I upgraded to ICS,, it worked perfectly before icecream,, any suggestions please.

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  • Tye

    I just went an updated to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.x) on my Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate an it’s still the same as Gingerbread only you have to hole the home an power key down a bit longer :)

  • Neo

    It worked on Sony Xperia Pro!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tj

    Doesnt work for my galaxy s2 ics…. UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • gin

    On my Atrix 2 it works. But appeared not to work if I hold down volume down then press power. Or vise versa. I have to press them close to simultaneously.

  • ashhar

    i have samsung galaxy music duos running on Icecream sandwich…any idea on how to take a screenshot?

  • john

    i don’t think ya’ll are listing to the problem, i’ve seen 4 posts that it does not work on the samsung galaxy exhilarate and y’all are just giving the same answer that your being told dosen’t work… Samsung galaxy exhilarate people, screenshot… there has to be at least one person with a brain out there who will take some pity on those of us that are less fortunate that they are in the phone tech dept and will through us a bone

  • For all those having problems on Galaxy phones: The Galaxy s3 provides it’s own mechanism for screenshots… so it’s possible they have disabled the standard ICS mechanism.

    On the Galaxy s3 hold down the power button and the home button for about a second.

    Worth a try for all the other Galaxy devices also.

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  • On my Acer Iconia Tab a100, you have to press the power button and the volume up button to take a screenshot. Not the volume down button.


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