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Connect 101: How to Take a Screenshot on Any Device

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| By Stephen Fenech | October 13, 2020

Sometimes you just need to capture what’s on your screen. We’ll teach you how to take a screenshot on any device, whether it's a Mac or PC, iOS or Android.

How to take a screenshot on any device, whether it’s a phone, smart watch or laptop.

With all the time we spend on our smartphones, smart watches, tablets, laptops and desktop computers, it’s likely you’ll come across something you want to capture on the spot – an article to remember for later, directions to an Airbnb, a funny photo. Every device has simple commands to do this – follow the instructions below and learn how to take a screenshot on any device so you never lose a reference again.

iPhone and iPad

A guide for how to take a screenshot on any device including tablets and iPads.


There are two types of iPhones and iPads – those with “Home” buttons and those without, and capturing a screenshot is slightly different for each.

For devices with a “Home” button, press the “Home” and the “Power” buttons simultaneously. The “Power” button will be at the top of your iPad and either the top or right side of your phone, depending on the model. Hold them down for a few seconds until you hear a camera shutter sound (if your volume is turned up).

If your iPhone is a newer model that doesn’t have a “Home” button, or you’re using a new iPad Pro (which also doesn’t have a “Home” button), press the “Power” button (on the right side of your phone or the top of the device on an iPad Pro) and the “Volume up” button simultaneously.

After using either method, the screenshot will appear in the bottom left corner of the screen. Tapping on it will open the image so you can edit it or save it to your camera roll – or put it in the trash if you accidentally took a screenshot. Hey, it happens!

What To Try

Apple Watch

It’s also possible to capture the screen of an Apple Watch by pressing the side button and the “Digital crown” (the scrolling wheel) at the same time. The display will flash and the image will appear in the camera roll of your linked iPhone. This feature must be active first in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, though: in the “My Watch” tab, under “General”, turn on “Enable Screenshots”.

SEE ALSO: Connect 101: How to Back up Your iPhone

Android Smartphones and Tablets

Steps for how to take a screenshot on any device whether it’s iOS or Android


The screenshot capturing method is different across various Android devices, depending on the brand or the version of the operating system you’re running.

As a general rule, though, the easiest way to capture a screenshot on an Android device is to press the “Volume down” button and the “Power” button together. You’ll then be given the option of editing or trashing that image, which will appear in your photos or gallery app.

On older devices with a physical “Home” button, you need to press the “Home” button and the “Power” button simultaneously.

If you have a more recent Android smartphone or tablet and are running Android 10, press and hold the “Power” button and you’ll see the options to “Power off”, “Restart” and “Capture a screenshot”. Choose the last one.

What To Try

Samsung Smartphones and Tablets

In addition to the conventional ways of taking screenshots described above, most Samsung devices offer several other methods.

The most interesting is Palm Motion or Palm Swipe, as it’s called on newer devices. Turn your palm sideways, like you’re about to perform a karate chop, and slide your hand across the screen from right to left. The screen will “blink” like a camera shutter. You’ll then be able to edit or annotate the image or put it in the bin before it is sent to the gallery. To use this option, check if “Palm swipe to capture” is turned on in “Advanced features” in “Settings”.

What To Try

Windows PCs and Laptops

How to quickly and easily take a screenshot on any device in any program or app


Windows 10 users have an easy way to capture their screen with the “Print Screen” button in the top row of function keys – it might read “PrtScn”. When you press the button, nothing will appear on screen. Instead, a screenshot is placed into the Clipboard. Press “CTRL” + “V” to paste the screenshot into Word or Paint.

If you prefer to capture just your current open browser window and not the entire screen, press “ALT” + “PrtScn”. If you have a recent version of Windows, you can get really precise and press “Windows Key” + “Shift” + “S” and drag the mouse around the area you want to capture.

What To Try

Apple Mac Computers and MacBooks

To take a screenshot on an Apple Mac, press “Command” + “Shift” + “3” to capture the entire screen or “Command” + “Shift” + “4” to bring up a crosshair you can drag to select the area of the screen you want. These screenshots will save to your desktop named by date and time.

What To Try


Quick Tips: Sometimes you want to capture an entire website that scrolls and scrolls, annotate your screenshot easily or share a screen capture quickly with others. There are several browser plug-ins you can get to help. These include LightShot – a free Windows or Mac browser plug-in for Chrome and Firefox; Awesome Screenshot for Chrome, Edge and Firefox; or Mac users of Safari can purchase Page Screenshot.

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