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[Free] How to Take Screenshots on Phone and Computer?

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Annie Brooks

Updated: Jul 21, 2022 05:28 pm

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Taking a screenshot of the content on your device screen to save it for the future or share it with someone else is a common practice. The steps on how to take screenshots vary from one device to another based on their operating system.

Here we will illustrate how to take a screenshot on different devices in simple steps. Also, we will show you how to take a screenshot on someone's phone secretly.

[Android] How to Take A Screenshot on Android?

There are several ways by which you can capture a screenshot on Android device. The latest Android devices generally come with Screenshot option in Quick Settings. However, the option may not be available on all the latest Android devices because it varies from one model to another.

Another way to take a screenshot on Android device is by using Google Assistant. Just say "Ok Google, take a screenshot" and Google Assistant will take the screenshot for you. However, you may not have Google Assistant activated on all smartphones. Therefore, capturing screenshots with button combinations is the most common way. Here are the steps on how to take a screenshot on Android device.

Step 1: On your Android device, open the screen that you want to take a screenshot.

Step 2: Press the Power and Volume Down buttons together for a few seconds.

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You will hear a shutter sound along with a screen flash animation to confirm that the screenshot is taken.

Step 3: You will either get a notification that a screenshot is taken or you can go to your phone gallery to check if the screenshot is taken.

android screenshot animation

Please note that if Power + Volume Down button combination does not work, you can press Home + Power button if you have an older Android device.

Bonus: How to Secretly Take Screenshots on Someone's Android Phone?

If you want to take screenshots of someone's Android phone without him knowing, you need to use a remote monitoring and controlling app. We recommend KidsGuard Pro for Android app that lets you take screenshots of the target person's Android phone remotely from your phone.

You have to install the app on the target person's phone and the app will stay hidden in stealth mode. Therefore, you can take screenshots of his phone screen secretly without even rooting the device.

Let's check how it works:

Step 1. Register A KidsGuard Pro Account

Create an account for KidsGuard Pro with your email address and purchase a suitable plan. Thereafter, you will be redirected to My Products and Orders Management page where you can click on Setup Guide to check all the necessary instructions.

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Step 2. Install KidsGuard Pro for Android on Target Phone

Get the target person's phone and install KidsGuard Pro for Android app. Visit www.clevguard.net from web browser app and download the APK file of the app.

Install the app from its APK file and make sure you turn on the permission to install app from unknown sources beforehand. After successful installation, launch the app and set it up perfectly.

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Step 3. Take Screenshots of Target Phone

On your device, visit KidsGuard Pro web portal and log into your account. Go to Dashboard, and you will see the target person's device name. From Dashboard, go to Remote Control from the left panel and click on the Capture Screenshots option to take screenshots of the target person's phone secretly.

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Other Features of KidsGuard Pro for Android

Apart from taking screenshots remotely and secretly, here are all the useful features of KidsGuard Pro for Android.

Record Phone Screen:

Instead of taking screenshots, you can record the phone screens remotely in the form of a video. This will help you to check what the target person has been doing on his phone over a period of time.

Record Phone Calls:

You can even record the target person's call conversations remotely so that you can listen to them in your free time. These recorded conversations are accessible from your Dashboard.

Monitor Social Media:

KidsGuard Pro for Android is a popular social media monitoring app. This means you can check the target person's social media conversations from your Dashboard. Starting from WhatsApp and Facebook to Instagram and Tinder, you can monitor all the popular social media platforms.

Check YouTube & TikTok History:

You can even check the target person's watch history and search history on his YouTube and TikTok accounts secretly.

Read Text Messages:

Apart from social media messages, you can even track the text messages sent and received on the person's phone directly from your KidsGuard Pro Dashboard.

View Browsing History:

Just like viewing YouTube and TikTok history, you can check the target phone's web browser history. Therefore, you can monitor the websites visited and the searches made by the target person.

Track Location:

KidsGuard Pro for Android lets you track the target person's location in real-time on the map. You can even check the location history details as well as set Geofence for an instant alert when the person crosses the virtual fence.

Listen to Phone Surroundings:

You can even remotely access the target person's camera as well as microphone. Therefore, you can listen to the phone's surroundings.

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[Samsung] How to Take A Screenshot on Samsung?

There are several ways you can take screenshots on Samsung device. First of all, you can use Power + Volume Down button combination to take screenshots like every other Android device. You can use Google Assistant as well. But Samsung comes with Bixby voice assistant, and if it is activated on your Samsung device, you can say "Hey Bixby, take a screenshot".

If your Samsung device has S Pen, you can use the same to take a screenshot. Use the pen to bring up Air Command menu and tap on Screen Write to take instant screenshots. Besides, if Smart Capture feature is enabled on your Samsung Device, you can even capture scrolling screen.

But the easiest and unique way to capture screenshots on Samsung device is by palm swipe. Here are the steps to follow to enable the feature and take screenshots by hand gesture.

Step 1: Open Settings app on your Samsung device.

Step 2: Go to Advanced Features> Motion and Gestures and toggle on Palm swipe to capture option.

settings palm swipe

Step 3: Go to the screen whose screenshot you want to capture.

Step 4: Place your palm vertically to the right of your Samsung device and swipe your palm to the left like a scanner.

samsung palm swipe

Step 5: You will hear a shutter sound and a screen flash to confirm that the screenshot is taken. You may get a notification of the screenshot and you can view the screenshot from phone gallery.

[iPhone] How to Take A Screenshot on iPhone?

If you have an older iPhone where Touch ID and side button are present, here are the steps to follow.

Step 1: Go to the screen that you want to capture.

Step 2: Press the Side button as well as Home button together.

older iphone take screenshot

Step 3: Release them quickly and a thumbnail will appear at the bottom-left corner of the screenshot that you have captured. Tap on the thumbnail to open it.

If you have the latest iPhone such as Phone X or higher, here are the steps to capture a screenshot.

Step 1: Prepare the screen whose screenshot you want to capture.

Step 2: Press the Volume Up and Side buttons simultaneously.

iphone take screenshot

Step 3: Release the button together instantly and tap on the thumbnail at the bottom-left corner to check the screenshot captured.

Otherwise, you can go to Photos app and go to Albums > Screenshots to find the screenshots you have taken.

[Mac] How to Take A Screenshot on Mac?

If you are a Mac user, there are different key combinations available to capture the screen. You can capture the entire screen, an application window as well as a portion of the screen with different key combinations. Here are the steps to take a screenshot on Mac for all the different requirements.

Step 1: If you want to capture the entire screen, press and hold Shift + Command + 3 keys together. Release the buttons when you see the screenshot saved to Desktop.

Step 2: If you want to capture a portion of the screen, press and hold Shift + Command + 4 keys together.

You will get a crosshair in place of the mouse pointer to select the portion of the screen that you want to capture as a screenshot. Release your mouse or trackpad button to complete capturing the screenshot.

mac screenshot portion

Step 3: If you want to capture an application window, press and hold Shift + Command + 4 + Space bar keys together.

You will get a camera icon in place of the mouse pointer and click on the window to complete capturing the screenshot. You will find the screenshot on your Desktop.

mac screenshot window

[Windows] How to Take A Screenshot on Windows?

The easiest way to take a screenshot on Windows is by pressing Print Screen(PrtScr) key on the keyboard. However, it does not save the screenshot on your hard drive. Therefore, you have to paste the screenshot into any application such as Paint to save the screenshot. If you are using a laptop, you have to press Function key along with Print Screen key.

If you are using Windows 7 or above, you can use Snipping Tool app that comes pre-installed. The tool is designed for capturing customized screenshots as per your requirements. Here are the steps to follow.

Step 1: Go to Start menu and search for Snipping Tool.

windows search snipping tool

Step 2: Open Snipping Tool and go to Mode and choose the selection tool as per your requirements.

windows snipping tool

Step 3: Click on New option and use the crosshair pointer to select the area of the screen whose screenshot you want to capture.

windows snipping tool new option

Step 4: Once you release the crosshair pointer, the captured screen will appear on Snipping Tool. Click on Save icon to save the screenshot in PNG format.

windows snipping tool save

If you are wondering how to take a screenshot on a Chromebook, you can use Screenshot key if available. Otherwise, you can go to Quick Settings> Screen Capture and use Screen Capture tool for customized screenshot capturing.

Final Words

Taking a screenshot on phone or computer is a common activity. But the steps to take screenshots vary wildly from one device to another. We have illustrated how to take screenshots on Android smartphones and iPhone. Similarly, we have stated how you can capture screenshots on Mac and Windows PC easily. To capture someone's Android phone screenshot secretly, we recommend KidsGuard Pro for Android app.

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By Annie Brooks

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