Blackberry Playbook: How to do a screen capture on the Playbook

   Posted May 7, 2011 by Jimmy Selix in Blackberry

This tech-recipe will explain how to use the Playbook’s built-in screen capture feature to capture screenshots from the Playbook. This can be very useful for creating documentation and guides.

1. In order for screen capturing to work, you CAN NOT be connected to your Blackberry smartphone via Blackberry Bridge.  Due to security concerns, RIM disables the screen capture function when your Playbook is connected to a Blackberry smartphone via the Bridge application.

– If you need to disconnect from Blackberry Bridge, you can do this by going into Settings > Blackberry Bridge, then on the right pane tap the Disconnect button.

2. On your Blackberry Playbook, go to the screen you want to capture or app (again, none of the Blackberry Bridge apps will allow you to use Screen Capture; ie Messages, Calendar, Notes, Tasks, etc).

Hold the Volume UP and DOWN buttons together and you will hear a camera shutter sound.

The screen capture will get saved to your Pictures > Camera folder on the Playbook.


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  • Julien MENARD

     very cool tips

  • Buzondeporquerias

    Great! Thank you so much!!! I was looking for a program to do this, but I didn’t have any idea my playbook already had the ability to do it so!!! Thank you again!!!

  • max

    thank you. very straight forward answer

  • Juan Alvarez

    i just tried with my new playbook and it worked with my bridge on, I also had the playbook use the phone as a modem at the same time.

  • Simone

    I was still connected to my bb bridge and used the screen grab function on my playbook. I did it by accident the first time but then used it properly the second. I read that you “CAN NOT” use it while connected to your bridge, but that is not the case.

  • Simone

    I just read your advice again about the screen capture and I was not reading it properly(my mistake) I understand now! Due to security reasons RIM disables your fiction. I won’t be doing that again even if I am just testing it. Think I should read advice a bit more thoroughly before testing out my own theories. Thanks x