How to Take a Screen Shot on Your Android Tablet

By Dan Gookin

A screen shot, also called a screen cap (for capture), is a picture of your Android tablet’s touchscreen. So if you see something interesting on the screen or you just want to take a quick pic of your tablet life, you take a screen shot.

The stock Android method of shooting the screen is to press and hold both the Volume Down and Power/Lock keys at the same time. Upon success, the touchscreen image reduces in size, you may hear a shutter sound, and the screen shot is saved.

  • Screen shots are accessed through the Photos app. If your tablet uses the old Gallery app, you’ll find screen shots in their own album.
  • Some Samsung tablets use the Motion command to capture the screen: Hold your hand perpendicular to the tablet, like you’re giving it a karate chop. Swipe the edge of your palm over the screen, right-to-left or left-to-right. Upon success, you hear a shutter sound.
  • Internally, screen shots are stored in the Pictures/Screenshots folder. They’re created in the PNG graphics file format.