Android ICS: How to Screen Capture

   Posted April 27, 2012 by Jimmy Selix in Android


With Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), Google has brought back native screen capture abilities. This allows users to take a screen capture of any screen on their Android 4.0/ICS device.

Here at Tech-Recipes we require screen captures for tutorials all the time. And who hasn’t wanted to capture a crazy txt message conversation as an image to keep for all eternity–or at least to post to Facebook. Previously, taking screen captures required painful tethering of the device back to an Android development install on a computer. With the release of ICS, screen shots are finally coming to the Android masses.

Like all Android installations, vendors do have the option to block this feature. However, for most ICS devices, this should work.

1. On your Android 4.0 / ICS phone, go to the screen you want to capture.

2.  Then press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons for 2-3 seconds.

3. This will capture the screen and save it into your Gallery > Screenshots.   On your phone’s memory card or memory, it will save these photos into the Pictures/Screenshots folder.




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  • Lê Hoàng

    Wow, I didn’t know about this. Thank you, Jimmy! 😀

  • Lê Hoàng

    Wow, I didn’t know about this. Thank you, Jimmy! 😀

  • Renan

    Thanks man! It worked for me!

  • CrowdedCranium

    Hmm, that worked on the Samsung SGH-i727 with 2.3.6, but with last weeks Samsung OEM ICS4.0.4 this does not work. You get volume down and power off menu. Perhaps Samsung has some insight into what they have done to it.

  • rocketero

    does not work in my tablet, 9.8 inches running android ics 4.0.4

  • FreeTibet

    It’s different for the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. If you have a Skyrocket, it’s almost exactly like you used to do it pre-ICS. You still use the power & home buttons (NOT volume down), but you have to do 2 things to get it right: you have to press power a split second before home, and you have to hold them both down for about 2 seconds. Personally, I prefer it this way. If power & volume down take a screen shot, I’d be constantly taking accidental shots whenever I’m running with it in my armband.

  • Sunny

    This is still not good. Why not provide a soft button/hotkey as well to capture the screen?

  • Glauco

    With my HTC One X it also works by holding the power button and then pressing home.