Screenshots are an easy way to record the information on the screen and share it with your contacts. Once you get your hands on a new device, you should know how to capture its screen. While you may be familiar with the standard way of taking a screenshot, there are a few other tricks you can use as well. In this article, we bring you the top 7 ways to take a screenshot on a Mac, Windows PC or laptop, iPhone, and Android smartphone.
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Take a screenshot on Mac
There are a few ways you can go about taking a screenshot on an Apple Mac. In order to capture the entire screen, press Shift + command + 3. To capture a portion of the screen, press Shift + command + 4. Drag the crosshair to select the area you want to capture. Once the release the mouse/trackpad, your Mac will take a screenshot of the selected area.
Take a screenshot on Windows
Here are some of the different ways you can take a screenshot on your Windows PC or laptop.
Use the PrtScn key
Pressing the ‘PrtScn’ (print screen) key is the quickest way to take a screenshot on your Windows PC and laptop. On systems running Windows 11, it will trigger the screenshot control bar. You can simply select the area of the screen that you want in the screenshot. The image will be saved as soon as you release the cursor. Devices running Windows 10 or older will simply copy the screenshot on the clipboard when the prtsc key is pressed. You can paste the screenshot on any photo editor using the Ctrl + V key combination.
Windows’ native Snipping Tool app comes in very handy while taking screenshots. Simply search ‘Snipping Tool’ in the Windows search bar and once you’ve opened the app, select ‘New’. Select the area on the screen you want to capture. Once you’ve selected the area, the Snipping Tool will open the screenshot on a preview window where you can further edit it.
Take a screenshot on your iPhone
Here are some easy ways to take a screenshot on an iPhone.
Use the key combination
The most common way to take a screenshot on an iPhone is by pressing the Volume Up button + Side Key. This works on iPhones with Face ID. On older iPhones with a dedicated home button, press the top key + home button to take a screenshot.
Use Back Tap
Want to take a screenshot by simply tapping your iPhone’s back two times? Follow these steps.
Step 1: Go to Settings and select Accessibility.
Step 2: Select Touch and tap on ‘Back tap’.
Step 3: After you’ve turned on the toggle bar for Back Tap, choose the appropriate trigger. We suggest a double-tap trigger as it is much easier to use.
Step 4: Choose ‘Screenshot’ as the action for the trigger you have selected.
Take a screenshot on Android
Here are some of the ways to take a screenshot on an Android smartphone.
Use the key combination
To take a quick screenshot on your Android smartphone, simply press the Volume Down + Power keys together. If you’re using an old Android device with a dedicated home button, press Power Key + Home Button to take a screenshot. Make sure you press both buttons at the same time to take a screenshot. Pressing either button even a tiny bit earlier will not capture the screenshot.
Use the screenshot option from Quick Settings
If your Volume keys aren’t working, you can take a screenshot from the Quick Settings menu on your Android phone or tablet. Simply swipe down from the status bar and tap on ‘Screenshot’. Once you press on the tile, your smartphone will capture the screen you are on after rolling up the quick settings menu.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do I take a screenshot on iPhone?
Press the Volume Down key + Side key to take a screenshot on your iPhone.
How do I take a screenshot on my Android phone?
To take a screenshot on your Android phone, press the Volume Down key + Power key at the same time.
How do I take a screenshot on my Windows PC or laptop?
To take a screenshot on your Windows device, simply press the PrtScn key on your keyboard and drag the cursor over the area you want to capture.
This is how you can take a screenshot on a Mac, Windows PC or laptop, iPhone, and Android phone. You can instantly edit your screenshot using Markup on an iPhone. Android phones also have an easily accessible editor that lets you crop, highlight, and add text to the screenshot. On a laptop, however, you will need to use a dedicated photo editor to make changes to a screenshot.
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