Taking screenshots in Android is pain. Although, most of the phones are capable of taking screenshots, manufacturers mostly do not care to enable it out of the box.
However, there are third party several screenshot apps for android that make this job easier. A simple search on the Play Store will yield various apps, but most of them are either useless or they don’t work as advertised.
In this post, I’ll be featuring 3 of the best you’ll find for this task.
(Also check out my List of 33 Awesome Android Augmented Reality Apps & Games)
Without Rooting Your Phone
1. Screenshot It! (No Root Required)
Screenshot It is an awesome app for taking screenshots of your phone’s screen without rooting your phone! It works as advertised and has a has two different methods for taking screenshots:
- By choosing the Take Screenshot button. A delay of 5 seconds will be added.
- By using an overlay icon that stays always on-top of screen. Whenever you wish to take a screenshot – tap it and a snapshot will be saved.
After taking a screenshot, you can even crop the photo, edit it or share it using other apps. However, the crop option did not work on my Galaxy S II, which I guess is more of a ROM problem.
The price is quite high but considering the fact that this is the only app on the market which can take screenshots in android without root.
Play Store: Screenshot It! ($4.99)
For Rooted Phones
2. Screenshot ER [Free]
Screenshot ER is the best app with a clean interface to capture screenshots. Unlike, Screenshot it!, this app requires your phone to be rooted. The app has several customizable options such as capture delay, shake to capture and few more. There are two ways of taking screenshots -
1) By starting its service – it’ll run in background and wait for you to trigger a method to take a screenshot.
2) Capture button – as soon as you press the capture button, the app will start an on-screen timer and will take a screenshot when it reaches zero.
The free version simply restricts all screen-capture delays to 6 seconds.
3. Screenshot UX
Screenshot UX is another great application for taking screenshots on Android. As you might have already guessed, it does require your phone to be rooted except for few phones:
- Gallaxy series (S,S2,…)
- HTC phones (Sensation, …)
- Motorola (Atrix, …).
- LG Optimus series (G2X, …)
Similar to Screenshot ER, this app also has few customizable options like shake to capture and more.
Play Store: Screenshot UX (free)
I’ve tested all the three apps listed above and I believe at-least one of them should work for you. If you still experience any problem, here two more free apps that you can check out:
Use your Phone’s Inbuilt feature to take Screenshots
Some phones like Samsung Galaxy S II come pre-loaded with a feature to take screenshots without any app or rooting required. For SGS II, its Home+Lock button. Search the web about your phone and you might get a tip to do the same with your phone.