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  1. vadinne
    vadinne September 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm .

    THANKS so much, i was doing this accidentally and couldn’t figure out how to do it on purpose!

    1. April
      April September 10, 2011 at 11:21 pm .

      Omg i was doing it accidentlly to &&couldn’t figure out how it worked,,it was driving me crazy!! Lolz

    2. Yellow Nova
      Yellow Nova September 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm .

      Same here i was as well LOL

      1. momo
        momo September 27, 2011 at 1:23 am .

        Lmao glad to know that I’m not the only. I’m like…”how did I do that?..”

        1. hamish
          hamish October 22, 2011 at 12:57 am .

          haha i know i was too and i was like what the f@$! and then yeah i was like oohhh

    3. momo
      momo September 27, 2011 at 3:13 am .

      Me too lol

    4. WorkForAChange
      WorkForAChange October 30, 2011 at 7:41 am .

      Me too. LOL, I was wondering, “Why do I keep on taking screenshots?” When I tried to repeat it I couldn’t figure what I did.

    5. Carlos
      Carlos November 4, 2011 at 4:16 pm .

      I have four screen shots of my alarm clock going off.

      That’s what happens when you’re desperately trying to go back to bed I guess!


    6. Maxos
      Maxos February 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm .

      Me too so i use google and it helped πŸ˜€ thx πŸ˜€

    7. Adam
      Adam March 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm .

      Same. I kept taking pictures of my screen and couldn’t for the life of me figure out how. Glad I know how to avoid when needing to avoid and how to use when need to use πŸ˜€

    8. Greg
      Greg April 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm .

      Major thanks for posting this. I would do this sh!t accidentally and not know how…and then when I *wanted* to do it I couldn’t figure out how to! πŸ˜›

    9. A guy
      A guy May 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm .

      SAME! lol

    10. Leah
      Leah October 5, 2012 at 11:18 pm .

      Lol me too!! I thought I was the only one.

    11. Salvy Blaze
      Salvy Blaze November 13, 2012 at 11:02 pm .

      dude! me too! and i always wanted to take screenshots! i couldnt figure out how i kept doing it back accident. and i get really funny pissed off texts from girls and ive always wanted to screenshot them and show them off and make my friends laugh ya know and now i can, THANKS DROID LESSONS!

    12. Stefanie
      Stefanie November 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm .

      I too was doing it by accident and could never do it on purpose!

    13. christina madrigal
      christina madrigal December 27, 2012 at 11:33 am .

      same here!!! i did it on accident this morning and couldn’t figure out how to do it and this helped!! thx a million!1

  2. katie
    katie September 3, 2011 at 7:06 pm .

    mehh i want this for the evo 4g.. i don’t have evo 3d ;(

  3. Jillian
    Jillian September 4, 2011 at 5:54 am .

    I second Vadinne. Awesome feature.

  4. julian
    julian September 5, 2011 at 12:27 am .

    And to think I was just about to buy the five dollar app….
    Thanks a bunch!!(:

  5. Erik Restificar
    Erik Restificar September 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm .

    For the past few weeks I have been wondering why my gallery is always filled with random screenshots of my phone. Thanks, they must have rolled this feature out recently.

  6. Joshua
    Joshua September 11, 2011 at 12:11 am .

    I couldnt do it I held the power button then i pushed the home key and bothing happened

    1. Daniel
      Daniel October 30, 2011 at 9:49 pm .

      Don’t hold it down until the menu screen pops up. Hold it down for half a second then press the home button.

  7. Darlene
    Darlene September 13, 2011 at 1:21 am .

    Thanks so much! I was trying to figure it out and all the other forums are trying to sell me screen shot apps! You kick butt…

  8. gp
    gp September 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm .

    Thanks! I just did this accidentally like twice and couldn’t figure out how to do it. Great!!!

  9. Gisy
    Gisy September 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm .

    My daughter did it by accident & I asked her how she did it, she said she didn’t know so here I am googleing it, Thanks millions for the info. SWEET!!!!!

  10. ViAnEy
    ViAnEy September 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm .

    I was getting screen shots accidentally n i had no idea how 2 do it 4 reals… This was really helpful thanks a lot! =)

    STEVEN MOOSING September 18, 2011 at 9:22 pm .

    what a swagfest. thank you

  12. Alexandria
    Alexandria September 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm .


  13. nuyon
    nuyon September 28, 2011 at 2:27 am .

    Omg…my misery gone u guys ive accidently svreenshot too.. n cudnt figure out how i did it..thanks gor this superb info..

  14. Brandi
    Brandi September 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm .

    Didn’t work on my evo

  15. sunshiney
    sunshiney September 30, 2011 at 12:12 am .

    omg!!!! thank you soo much!! i saw that i took a screenshot the other day and couldnt figure out how i did it…. i totally loved the app on my evo prior to changing to gingerbread. – best thing ever πŸ™‚

  16. Rey
    Rey October 7, 2011 at 3:15 am .

    Is there other new tricks on the htc evo 3d because the screen shot was cool

    1. Tommy
      Tommy October 24, 2011 at 5:31 am .

      Clear, informative, simple. Could I send you some e-hugs?

  17. Cindy L
    Cindy L October 8, 2011 at 4:27 am .

    I got an EVO 3D back on September 15th & was able to take screenshots on that one but I had to exchange for a new EVO 3D today & for some reason I can’t take screenshots on this one. Is there something I need to do so I can take screenshots?

  18. audrey
    audrey October 8, 2011 at 3:34 pm .

    I just found out abt the screen shots…was doing it accidentally..and cldnt figure out how…called Sprint and they didn’t even know…found this and I’m so thankful!! But sometimes I’m assuming the power button gets stuck and all I have to do is hit the home key…weird…but thnx sooo much…

  19. Rachel
    Rachel October 10, 2011 at 12:53 pm .

    Oh my gosh! I accidentally did this and was freaking out. I’ve always been jealous of people with iPhones who could do this. So excited! Thank you so much!!

  20. Dom de Leon
    Dom de Leon October 31, 2011 at 12:15 am .

    Just like everyone else, I too accidentally did a couple screen shots and couldn’t figure out how. Thanks so much!!!

  21. Christina
    Christina October 31, 2011 at 10:14 am .

    Every time I try this, once I hold down the POWER button, my screen goes black, putting it to sleep. Is there a setting I need to change to be able to get screen shots?

    Thanks for your help!

    1. emily
      emily November 2, 2011 at 6:08 am .

      No, Christina, your just holding the power button down too long. Try hitting the power button and the home key almost at the exact same time. Hope this helps!

      1. Christina
        Christina November 4, 2011 at 8:40 pm .

        Hi Emily,

        I’ve tried that as well, still no luck, it always goes to the “sleep” mode. Any other thoughts??


  22. Jaime
    Jaime November 2, 2011 at 4:15 pm .

    I was in the same situation as most of people here said about accidentally taking screenshots and I googled it once and found this and it greatly helped. It’s really the same to that of the iPhone screenshots keys holding down power and home screen button. Thank u so much!

  23. kirk
    kirk November 6, 2011 at 12:17 am .

    Im having the same problem with my 4g but don’t have any software installed to do it. Sucks to download 579 picturs and 413 of them are of random screen shots, some ot them I don’t even remember viewing. Virus?

  24. Humanzee
    Humanzee November 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm .

    Very handy, thanks! Any good place you folks know of that lists other handy stuff like this for the EVO? There’s got to be other good builtin tricks I’m missing…

  25. galdino
    galdino November 9, 2011 at 5:53 pm .

    I have the EVO 3d and i did the steps, but it won’t work πŸ™ help please!!!

  26. rigodini
    rigodini November 11, 2011 at 2:05 pm .

    Dude THANKS A LOT… Have a Good One \m/

  27. brook a
    brook a November 12, 2011 at 11:43 pm .

    For some reson mine won’t do it! My sisters will and we have the same exact phone….

  28. sebastian
    sebastian November 14, 2011 at 11:53 pm .

    I followed the directions and it didnt work how exactly do you do it?

    1. Ray
      Ray December 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm .

      Make sure your software is up to date. If it is, all you need to do is hold the power button briefly, then hit the ‘home’ button on the bottom of your phone without letting go of the power button. The length of time you hold the power button is very short. If you hold it too long, you end up getting your power menu instead.

  29. Ray
    Ray November 16, 2011 at 6:34 am .

    Hilarious. I did it by accident while putting it in me belt case. Spent 15 minutes trying to figure out how it happened. Concerned it was a rogue app misusing permissions, I googled it and found this. I have only had the 3VO for a couple weeks, and hadn’t known it did it. Thanks for being “johnny on the spot” with the story.

  30. SU
    SU November 19, 2011 at 12:55 pm .

    Yea I def was doin it by accident too! It was driving me nuts! LOL until I thought let me google this real quick! LOL, THANKS!

  31. amy
    amy November 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm .

    thanks,this helped my husband on his sprint evo 3d. he kept doing it on accident but couldnt figure out how to do it when he needed to lol.go figure. anywho. i have the sprint evo shift 4g, and cant figure out a way to get screen shots on here without having to be plugged into a computer. any idea? thanks.

  32. Lauren M.
    Lauren M. November 21, 2011 at 12:50 am .

    I didnt work for me at first. Then after taking off the lock on my phone it began to work . Hope this helps others who are having trouble.

  33. brittany
    brittany November 28, 2011 at 4:56 pm .

    how do i find the screen shots ive taken? i go to my gallery and there is nothing in there. i checked every album i have and nothing πŸ™ HELP!!!

    1. Ray
      Ray December 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm .

      They are stored by default in the ‘camera shots’ folder of your gallery. When you take the shot and it makes the camera shutter sound, it immediately flashes a notification on the bottom of your screen telling you this.

  34. Aaron M
    Aaron M December 15, 2011 at 10:30 am .

    FREAKIN MONEY! Almost spent 4 dollars on screenshot it!!! WHOOOHOOOOOOO NICE

  35. Lily
    Lily December 19, 2011 at 7:46 pm .

    The screenshots have been working fine for me, but they are no longer being saved in my camera shots even though thr screenshot takes and says that its been saved in camera shots. Any ideas on what’s going on?

    1. hanna
      hanna December 21, 2011 at 11:43 am .

      I’m having the same problem on my evo design 4G. i can take a screen shot and it says its saved in the camera shots, but its not there πŸ™

  36. james
    james January 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm .

    Thanks, I was wondering how i did that. i looked everywhere on the for for the screen shot button, and couldnt find it, but there it is, lol, much abliged.

  37. shahrukh
    shahrukh January 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm .

    I am from Pakistan , its working absolutely fine on my evo 3d … thx for the help…

  38. Abii
    Abii January 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm .

    This works for my EVO 4D as well, weird? I kept doing it on accident, and honestly spent 30 minutes searching to do it on purpose! But everywhere I went they told me to root my phone! Thank you sooo much!(:

  39. Has
    Has January 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm .

    Tried it with HTC Sensation XE. Nice Tricks~!!!

  40. Kayla
    Kayla January 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm .

    I have the Evo 3D 4G, and this is not working. It’s just putting my phone to sleep. Does it matter that it’s the 4G 3D?

  41. Kayla
    Kayla January 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm .

    Nevermind! There was an upgrade that I’d missed, works great!

  42. Tyy
    Tyy February 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm .

    I went through hell, but after updating my phone it works…FINALLY! πŸ™‚

  43. Door #3
    Door #3 February 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm .

    Thank you

    And yes, I’m a member of this “me too” crowd πŸ˜€

  44. kiim
    kiim February 6, 2012 at 10:45 pm .

    I keep trying it and its like sometime it works sometimes it dont..i just have to keep practicing….question does it matter if my phone has a lock on it or not?

  45. daryl
    daryl February 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm .

    yezzzzzzz thanks!!!!

  46. kaw
    kaw March 16, 2012 at 10:06 am .

    Thanks for this. I was trying to figure out why I have random pics in my gallery.

    This will be helpful to save some hilarious Draw Something pictures!

  47. prisci
    prisci March 31, 2012 at 2:35 pm .

    wow i have been doing screenshots in accident, not knowing how lol, well i know, this is sooo amazing!

  48. Cloie
    Cloie April 9, 2012 at 11:36 pm .

    THANKS so much, i was doing this accidentally and couldn’t figure out how to do it on purpose!
    >>> ditto!!


  49. Actualise Design
    Actualise Design May 1, 2012 at 3:25 am .

    Works, too easy!

  50. sarah
    sarah May 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm .

    i would be walking home form school and i would unknowingly take a screenshot and it pissed me off so much so one night i sat for 2 hours trying to press every button combination in the hope of finding out how to take the bloody screenshot i even looked on the net and they were no help until i stumbeled across some angles who have rescued my from midnight unwanted screen shots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    thanx a bunch!!!!!!!!!

  51. steve
    steve May 15, 2012 at 2:48 pm .

    all these people taking accidental screenshots. I have never done them on accident. And when i purposely want to take one it takes me 10 minutes of locking/unlocking my phone before it actually takes. #sonofab!tch

  52. jaf
    jaf May 28, 2012 at 7:51 am .

    i am sure that everyone’s problem is the same with me, did it but couldn’t figure out how. even though i’ve known it before, still thanks anyway for the useful info.

  53. rodolfo rodriguez
    rodolfo rodriguez June 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm .

    Awesome πŸ˜€ thanks guys

  54. Abra
    Abra June 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm .

    i still cant do it!! after i hold down the power button and the options come out and i press screen: my recents come out instead… plzz help!!

  55. dds
    dds June 27, 2012 at 9:49 am .

    Tnx man

  56. Gabby
    Gabby July 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm .

    It’s not working for me I’ve taken random screenshots before but its not working when i try can u tell me exactly which button is the home button maybe I am just being slow

  57. Gabby
    Gabby July 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm .

    Actually thank u lol I finally got it to work thanx!!

  58. Key
    Key July 3, 2012 at 4:29 pm .

    thanks for the tip. now I don’t need to install a screenshot app. this is awesome

  59. Marshall Bezant
    Marshall Bezant July 31, 2012 at 1:40 am .

    This is so insane! I spent weeks trying to find an application that would let me do this, but as everybody here knows I got nowhere. But then the shots started happening by accident, because the phone is so sensitive. A group called the “geek squad” told me it had to be a fluke because the Evo will not do it. I find you, 30 seconds later I’m doing it! Thank you much!

  60. Marshall Bezant
    Marshall Bezant July 31, 2012 at 2:07 am .

    Btw! This has got to be the craziest and funniest comment thread that I have read in quite some time. I have always been a Windows user, so Android is new to me. Thank you again!

  61. wondering
    wondering August 2, 2012 at 2:29 am .

    thanks mate It happened to me accidentally and I was wondering how and tried with the power button many times and didn’t get it and I did not know about the home key and thank again.

  62. goku
    goku August 8, 2012 at 12:08 am .

    i have been doing the same thing did it accidentally and then cound not do it purposely thanks!

  63. Devon
    Devon August 28, 2012 at 9:27 am .

    Umm yeah it is not working for me. i have downloaded all of the updates and all but still nothing. can someone tell me what i am doing wrong?

  64. Marshall Bezant
    Marshall Bezant August 28, 2012 at 11:32 am .

    Hey Devon. Try power button + vol dn key at the same time. A small picture will appear in the middle of the screen. Or try power key then wait half of a second – then home key.

  65. Rob
    Rob August 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm .

    Just noticed this thread. My friend has the HTC EVO 3D and I was telling him about how to do screen captures, but for some reason his would not work. later on, his voicemail wasn’t working and he factory reset his entire phone and set it up again. Voice mail worked (besides the issue)..but I said..”hey..try the screen capture (power+home)..and it worked…so for those that are all up to date and still no capture..maybe give factory reset of your phone a try, if you don’t mind going through all the setup again!

  66. paege
    paege September 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm .

    OMG thank you.. I was doing and not even knowing how.. then I was trying to find apps but i would have had to root my phone but I am so glad that this works..

  67. veranda
    veranda September 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm .

    I have the EVO 3d and my old one let me take screen shots but my new one won’t allow me!

  68. Your~Pharoah
    Your~Pharoah November 2, 2012 at 3:54 am .

    Thanks I got a stalker, now I can prove my case with post they put up & then call them self deleting latter.

  69. Chris
    Chris December 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm .

    Only took me a little over a year but i found the answer on your site! Thank you so much!

  70. Barry Smith
    Barry Smith December 31, 2012 at 11:29 pm .

    Thank you sooo much. This was driving me crazy. I was doing this by accident and no clue how I was doing it, and even thought the HTC evo 3d was not capable of screen shots. I know my Asus tf201prime tablet is capable of screen shots and use it quite often. This is great knowing I now have this feature on my HTC evo 3d. Thank you

  71. Donald Peterson
    Donald Peterson January 24, 2013 at 3:17 pm .

    Thanks!!! My Galaxy Player v5 needed an app for screen shots. This is so much better!! None of the apps I tried worked, and this worked perfectly the first time!!! Thanks again!!

  72. derrick
    derrick March 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm .

    u are awsome thanks

  73. SGE
    SGE April 19, 2013 at 2:51 am .

    Thanks a lot!! I spent a lot of time chasing down what others wrote that wasn’t working. Thanks for sharing!

  74. ANAS ALI
    ANAS ALI April 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm .

    THanx BUDDY….! Feeling so relaxed n happy cause had a match wd xperia arc… n couldnt find da way to take a screenshot on ma cell.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! u helped alo00oot.. thanx again..!

  75. Natalie
    Natalie April 22, 2013 at 6:06 pm .

    thanks so much this really helped me and now i am screen shotting everything.

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