Taking a screenshot on Windows PC or Mac is easy but what about smartphones, since they claim to have the functionality of a full-featured PC. Yes, you can also take screenshots on your smartphone whether it’s an Android, iOS or Windows Phone smartphone. There are lots of means with which you can take screenshots on your smartphone. Let’s have a look:

Android Featured Phones

Taking screenshots on Android smartphones is a delight. Some manufacturers like Samsung and Sony have made screenshot capturing easier and built-in feature in their smartphones.

Samsung Smartphones

Samsung smartphones come with this functionality built in them, but it is limited to the latest Samsung smartphones only.

Palm swipe to capture

Steps to take snapshots on Samsung smartphones:

  1. Go to settings > motion and gesture and enable “Palm swipe to capture“.
  2. After enabling the feature, navigate to where you want to take the screenshot.
  3. Now swipe your palm as shown in the screenshot so that your palm covers the display.

You will see that the screen is captured and the screenshot is saved straight to the gallery under the album “Screenshot”.

Sony Xperia Smartphones

In Sony smartphones, taking a screenshot is easier than the Samsung ones.


  1. First, navigate to where you want to take the screenshot.
  2. Press and hold power key till you see power menu.
  3. Tap on “Take Screenshot” and you will hear a sound and the screen will animate.
  4. Now you can check the screenshot by dragging the notification panel.

Hardware Key Combo

You can take a screenshot with hardware key combo on almost every Android smartphone. This is a little tricky but  it is the fastest way to take a screenshot on Android smartphones.

  1. Open the app you want to take the screenshot of.
  2. Now press and hold “volume down key and power key“, leave them when you hear a sound as the screen has been animated.
  3. Your screenshot is saved in “Gallery”.

Use any app:

If none of the above helps you in getting a screenshot on your Android smartphone, use any app from Google Play Store, e.g. Screenshot Easy.
sony screenshot

  1. Download Screenshot Easy from Google Play Store.
  2. Once you launch that app, a small camera icon will pop up on the display and follow everywhere.
  3. Now whenever you want to take a screenshot, just tap on that camera icon overlay and your screenshot will automatically get captured and saved.

These were the only ways by which you can take the screenshot on your Android phone.

Apple iOS Devices:

On Apple smartphones, you can only take screenshots using hardware key combination and the trick is as follows:


  1. First, navigate to where you want to take the screenshot.
  2. Press and hold “power key” and immediately tap the “home key“.
  3. You’ll see that the screen flash once and your screenshot will be then saved automatically inside the “Photos” app.

Windows Phone:

Windows Phone is also limited to taking screenshots using hardware keys only. To take a screenshot on Windows phone, follow these steps:

  1. Open any app.
  2. Press and hold volume down key and power key together for one second.
  3. The screenshot will get saved in the “Photos” app.