On Any Phone or Laptop, Here’s How to Take a Screenshot (iPhone, Android, Mac, Windows, Chromebook)

On Any Phone or Laptop, Here’s How to Take a Screenshot (iPhone, Android, Mac, Windows, Chromebook)

To capture a screenshot on your iPhone or iPad, press the Sleep/Wake and Volume Up buttons simultaneously. On older devices with a Home button, press the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons simultaneously.

SOMETIMES YOU HAVE to capture that crazy text you received, grab proof of your amazing high score in a game, or send the IT department a picture of what’s going wrong on your device. Knowing how to take a screenshot can save you a lot of explaining. Every operating system has a built-in method of capturing the screen. Some even allow you to capture specific portions or grab a scrolling screenshot. We’ll explain how.

When it works, you will hear a capture sound and see a screenshot preview at the bottom left of the screen, where you can tap on it to edit or share.

Screenshots only capture the visible portion of the screen, but you can capture a whole document or webpage by tapping on the screenshot preview and selecting Full Page at the top right.

How to Take a Screenshot on an Android Phone or Tablet
screenshot of Android OS
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To capture a screenshot on an Android phone or tablet, press the Power and Volume Down buttons simultaneously.

When it works, you will hear a capture sound and see a screenshot preview at the bottom left of the screen, where you can tap on it to edit or share.

Some Android phone manufacturers offer a scrolling screenshot feature that can capture a whole webpage or message thread. They all have different names, but each involves taking a screenshot, then tapping on a button when the preview appears. For example, on a Samsung phone, you should press the button with two arrows in a box to use Scroll Capture. Huawei has a similar option called Scrollshot, LG offers an Extended option, and OnePlus has Expanded Screenshot.

If your phone lacks this feature, consider a third-party app like Screen Master.

How to Take a Screenshot on a Windows PC
screenshot of Windows OS
Windows Snipping Tool PHOTOGRAPH: SIMON HILL
To capture a screenshot on a Windows laptop or desktop computer, press the Print Screen keyboard key (usually abbreviated to Prt Scn or similar). If you only want to grab a screenshot of the active window, press the Alt and Print Screen keys together. Your captured screenshot is copied to the clipboard automatically, and you must open Microsoft Paint, Photoshop, or whatever image software you use, to paste it, so you can edit and save it. If you just want to capture a portion of the screen in Windows 10 try pressing the Windows, Shift, and S keys together. You can then click and drag to highlight the bit you want and let go to capture it. In earlier versions of Windows, you can do the same thing with the Snipping Tool, which is found by clicking Start and typing “Snipping Tool” in the search bar. Once again, the screenshot is copied to your clipboard for you to paste.

To capture screenshots and automatically save them, press the Windows and Print Screen keys together. Screenshots are saved in a folder titled Screenshots in your Pictures folder. How to Take a Screenshot on a Chromebook
To capture a screenshot on a Chromebook, press the Control (usually abbreviated to Ctrl) and Show Windows (a rectangle with two lines to the right) keys together.

To capture a portion of the screen, press the Shift, Control, and Show Windows keys, click and drag to highlight the bit you want, then let go to grab the screenshot. The screenshot preview should pop up at the bottom right, and you can copy or annotate it. To find screenshots later, click the Launcher button (the circle at the bottom left corner), then select Files, and click Downloads on the left.

How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac
macOS screenshot
PHOTOGRAPH: APPLE
To capture a screenshot on a Mac, press the Shift, Command, and 3 keys simultaneously. If you only want to grab a screenshot of the active window or a specific portion of the screen, press the Shift, Command, and 4 keys together. Press the Spacebar to capture an active window or click and drag to highlight a portion of the screen, then release to capture it.

The screenshots you take, save to your desktop. To copy a screenshot to paste it into another app, you must also press the Control key when capturing. For example, to grab your whole screen you must press the Shift, Command, Control, and 3 keys together. More Great WIRED Stories
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