How to Take Screenshots on Android 2.3.4 Without Rooting

by Tyler on September 1, 2011 · 14 comments

by Tyler on September 1, 2011 · 14 comments

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A new Gingerbread update to version 2.3.4 began rolling out on August 18 for devices like the HTC Sensation 4G and the HTC Evo 3D.  Of the numerous changes made to android, which can be found here, there was a feature that was not listed on any of the websites that I perused, namely the ability to take a screenshot with the touch of a button (or 2, as the case may be). Let me show you how this works.

Native Screenshots

I discovered this quite by accident a few days after I received the OTA update.  I was sitting at dinner with my parents, and some of my dad’s co-workers, and as I was pulling out my phone and going to the home screen I saw the following message: “screenshot saved to Camera shots”

I was confused, as the only way that I knew of to capture screenshots on an Android phone involved rooting, a 3rd party app, and a USB connection to your computer or Wi-Fi.  No matter what I tried after that, though, I couldn’t seem to find the magical button combination that would allow me to recreate what had happened seemingly at random.

Several days later, when it happened again, I was able to deduce the secret.  Press the power button then tap the home button, that simple. You need to tap the home button before the menu for powering off your android device appears. Your screen will flash and you will see the message that the screenshot has been saved.  That’s it!  Tap two buttons and you have a screenshot from anywhere!  No need to be stuck at your computer when you feel the burning desire to share someone’s predictive text mishaps.

The screenshots are stored in the camera shots section of your gallery.  This has been confirmed to work on the European and US versions of the HTC Sensation 4G and the HTC Evo 3D, as well as the Nexus One and Nexus S 4G.

For any of you rooted folks running a build of 2.3.4, I’d be very interested to know if this works for you, as well.

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  • buckofive

    This works on many of the Sensation custom ROMs. I’m running LeeDroid Sensational 2.2 and it works the same as you described. Really handy too as it crabs the screen shot without a message like some of the 3rd party apps use.

  • Christopher Durham

    This process was first found on the G2x.  It’s a crap phone but it does take screen shots on the stock ROM.

  • Tom Wilson

    Works on the Evo View 4G. Incidentally, the View can also take screen shots with the stylus; so I wonder if HTC added that feature for the stylus, and Google brought it back to Android or if the Android feature made someone at HTC go “Hmm…”

  • MPaja

    Unfortunately this does not work on my Nexus One with 2.3.4

  • mThomas

    I had also been doing this several times without having any idea how I’ve been doing this…and what combination actually would do the trick intentionally. Luckily, I stumbled across this post. Thank you! Evo 3D.

  • Paranjothi19

    It doesn’t work for HTC incredible S

  • Tyler Harman

    Is the Incredible S running 2.3.4, or 2.3.3?  Sadly, this doesn’t work for 2.3.3, so Droid X and Incredible users are out of luck for native screen capture.    All of the apps that used to require root for screen shots, though, should be able to work as of 2.3.3    It’s up to the developer to update them, though.  I’ll do some research and put another post up about which programs now work root free for 2.3.3

  • uglymutt

    all I have to do is hold down power button and when the options come up (like for airplane mode ect ect) take scrrenshot is in the menu and I select it by tapping and a second later the message that its saved appears at the bottom so it does work, I have a HTC Hero with 2.3.4

  • Chaose37

    Doesn’t work on EVO 4G running Sensational ROM

  • Tinytox

    Works a charm for my Droid incredible running 2.3.4, I am rooted and have a custom ROM, but it still works, thanks much! (You may want to specify to HOLD the power/lock button, then press the home button.)

  • Mark

    works on incredible 2

  • Ericlizerickson

    Cool! Thanks! I had a random pic of my text convo btwn my mom & I show up in my gallary.  I was thinking, WTH? So, the search was on…thanks for making in a short search.
    ps…I have an Incredible 2

  • Christopher Todd

    Does NOT work for my Droid 3 running 2.3.4 :0/

  • Alexa

    i have a droid incredible 2 2.3.4 but its not letting me do it….what should i do?