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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!
 HERE
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HowTo: Take Untethered Screenshots in Froyo

With the latest update of Android “Froyo”, it’s now possible to take screenshots/screen captures without the need to be plugged into a computer, mess around with the Android SDK or Root your phone. You are easily able to take screenshots of the home screen and while in any app. I have only been able to test this with a Samsung Galaxy S (I9000-GT) running

Froyo so comment on your results.

Here’s how to take a screenshot in Froyo:

Hold down Back and then press the Home button.

You should now see a pop-up near the bottom saying “Screen captured. Saved as image file” as in the following image. The files will be saved to a folder named ScreenCapture in your home directory as a .PNG.

By holding down the Back button it doesn’t actually go back if held down, it waits for you to press Home. After a few seconds of holding it down however(I can’t quite figure it out) pressing Home will continue the “going back” operation as if the Back button was tapped.