just.yoga

July 5, 2010

How to take screenshots on Android


I’ve been asked this a couple of times so I decided to do a post on it instead of explaining it over and over again 😀 Yes I’m going to admit it Android phones with it’s multitude of features doesn’t allow you to take screen capture unlike the iPhone unless of course if you have rooted your phone. Capturing a screenshot on the Android requires a PC, yeah I know bummer but at hey at least there’s a workaround to the problem right ? Don’t worry it’s not as complicated as it sounds.

First of all, you need to download the SDK (Software Development Kit) on your computer. You can get it from here http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html. Choose your appropriate platform and download the SDK.

Downlod the SDK

Downlod the SDK

I only have a Windows machine at my disposal so this guide will be based on that, hopefully it’s almost the same for the other platforms. Once you’ve downloaded the files, you’ll need to unzip it. If you’ve chosen to unzip the file with the default folder you’ll end up with a folder named android-sdk-windows. Run the SDK Setup.exe in that folder. You’ll be presented with the following screen prompting you to install the appropriate SDK package. You’ll only need to download the  Usb Driver Package which is right at the bottom. You can skip the rest if all you’re interested in is screen captures as the rest of the package is for those who want to develop applications on the Android.

Choose USB driver package

Choose USB driver package

If you’ve installed the software that came with the phone, in this case for me it was HTC sync, you can skip this part as the USB drivers are already installed in Windows. If windows prompts with a “Found New Hardware” message when you connect your phone then you’ll need to follow these steps to get it configured.

Select “Locate and install driver software.”

Select “Don’t search online.”

Select “I don’t have the disk. Show me other options.”

Select “Browse my computer for driver software.”

Now browse to the SDK folder, and point Windows to the folder named usb_driver.

That should be the hardest part in setting up the SDK.

Now that you’ve got the SDK setup you’ll have to enable the USB debugging setting on the phone. To do that go to Menu, choose setting and then Applications. Click on Development and make sure USB debugging is checked.

Choose Applications

Choose Applications

Choose Development

Choose Development

USB Debugging checked

USB Debugging checked

Now all you have to do is browse to the SDK folder and open the folder called Tools. In my case it was C:\android-sdk-windows\tools. Launch ddms.bat

Tools folder

Tools folder

You should be presented with the screen with your device being shown as Online. Go to Device, Screen capture or use the shortcut key Ctrl+S to do a screen capture.

Capture screen

Capture screen

Navigate your phone to the application or screen that you want to capture and click on refresh. Once you’re happy with the screen capture all that’s left to do is click save.

Screen capture

Screen capture

That’s it you’re now ready to share your favourite screen shots with the world 🙂

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