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How to take screenshots on an Android phone

You just made it to the top of the leaderboards in your favorite game and want to show off to your buddies. The problem is, most of them live far away and there's always the chance you'll be knocked off the board by some punk kid before you get a chance to brag about your exploits. The easiest way to flaunt your victory is to take a screenshot of your accomplishment and send it to your friends. There's just one problem: You have an Android phone and you don't know how to take a screenshot.

While most people know how to take a screenshot on an iPhone (press the power and home buttons down at the same time), not everyone knows how to do the same on Android. To be fair, though, Android only recently got the ability to take screenshots without first having to plug your phone into your computer and running the Android SDK. If you have a phone running Android 4.0 or higher, taking screenshots is a snap.

To take a screenshot on most Android phones, press and hold the power and volume down buttons.

First, go to the screen that you want to capture an image of. Once there, press and hold the power and volume down buttons at the same time until your screen flashes. Once this happens you'll get a notification telling you that your screenshot is being saved. Your screenshot will appear in your phone's photo gallery app, and from there you can edit it or share it with whoever you want.

If you have a Samsung phone, though, you have to do something slightly different: Instead of holding down the power and volume down buttons at the same time, you snap screenshots like you would on the iPhone and hold down the power and home buttons instead. The screen will still flash like it does on other Android phones and you'll still get a notification when the screenshot is saved to your gallery.

Have an older Android phone? Check out our screenshot guide on page 2!

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