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  1. Boris
    Boris December 5, 2011 at 11:38 am .

    Hey there,

    thanks for the info, very useful but… is there ANY way to make this work for apps that process the “back” key like… instantly?

    1. Andrew
      Andrew December 9, 2011 at 6:53 am .

      has this worked for anyone? i keep trying it but it hasn’t worked

      1. Ally
        Ally December 12, 2011 at 1:18 am .

        Thank you so much! Not being able to take screenshots was the one thing that I disliked about my phone. So easy. I’m going to call my parents and teach them too!

      2. mark
        mark October 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm .

        My question is what would cause my Galaxy Exhilarate to take screenshots each time I press the lock/power button? It did this several times then stopped. I wasn’t trying to do this it just did it on its own.

      3. Rita
        Rita November 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm .

        It didn’t work to me until I read the update part. Pressing Volume Down button & the Power Button at the SAME time worked just fine.

        1. Rita
          Rita December 1, 2012 at 9:15 pm .

          Haha , it’s funny how same happen to me xD

      4. Gaz
        Gaz July 11, 2013 at 8:17 am .

        you press and hold the centre button (home) then press the back button once then press and hold the power button ….. took me a while to do it but it does work!

    2. Luis from NM
      Luis from NM July 17, 2012 at 7:06 pm .

      Press and hold power button first

      Then press volume button down.


      You should hear and see results!

      1. Sas
        Sas November 20, 2012 at 7:08 am .

        Thanks. it worked for me. Galaxy S2, (Ice cream 4.2) and picture was stored in /SDcard/pictures/screenshots

      2. Sas
        Sas November 20, 2012 at 7:17 am .

        you have to give it a second. (and no double clickin)

  2. Dave-O
    Dave-O December 12, 2011 at 6:50 pm .

    Can’t get either of those methods to work on my Galaxy S

    1. Simone
      Simone December 15, 2011 at 12:33 pm .

      I’ve get it to work on my Samsung Galaxy S with the 2nd method: just hold the back button and then double-click the HOME button.

      Btw didn’t know this trick. Thank you!

      1. Kia
        Kia February 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm .

        OMG….thank you for telling us how to use the screen shot!!! A friend of mine who is team iPhone laughed and said droid phones couldnt do it….HA!!!!

  3. raafat
    raafat December 22, 2011 at 7:07 pm .

    Thank you for the info..when i’m playing a video and make pause for the frame and take a screen capture it appears black with no image but when i do the same with iphone 3G it takes the picture.

  4. Brandon
    Brandon December 27, 2011 at 10:06 pm .

    Is there anyway to do this on the Samsung infuse 4G?

  5. DP
    DP January 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm .

    The HOME+POWER button combination is working for my Samsung Galaxy R too. Thanks mate. 🙂

    1. Mesakf
      Mesakf September 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm .

      That worked for me as well, Home+Power at the same time.
      It’ll get some use to.

  6. Kevin G.
    Kevin G. January 20, 2012 at 12:05 am .

    Thank you soo much! The back button and double clicking the home button worked on my galaxy s. I somehow accidentally did a while back and have been trying to figure out how every since! Thanks again!

  7. Kia
    Kia February 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm .

    On the Sprint version you have to hold the home button and quickly click the power button twice….and I mean quickly bc the task manager will pop up in the way of the screen you’re trying to capture a photo of.

    1. laura ash
      laura ash April 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm .

      Omg I love you for this! Wow just made my day

    2. Nathan
      Nathan May 3, 2012 at 5:08 am .

      I have a galaxy S2 and it only worked for me by quickly pressboth the home button and the power button at the same time.

      1. jen
        jen May 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm .

        Same here.

        1. furrukht
          furrukht July 13, 2012 at 2:51 am .

          yeah.. press and hold the Home and Power button at the same time.

    3. will
      will October 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm .

      thank youuu sooo much

  8. Jay
    Jay March 11, 2012 at 10:29 pm .

    Could you please tell me how I could take a screen shot of a video clip?

    1. GIO
      GIO April 15, 2012 at 10:09 am .

      Pause the video where you u want and then press and hold home and then power botton.

  9. Heather
    Heather April 25, 2012 at 9:25 am .

    Ok yea it worked for me. However when holding the home button I get the task manager to pop up. How do I do it without that popping up?

  10. Heather
    Heather April 25, 2012 at 9:27 am .

    lol! never mind!! Guess I was holding the button down too long hehe. I got it

  11. Cher
    Cher May 6, 2012 at 9:38 am .

    I have a new S2….when I try to do this, the screen shot takes, but a box titled “recent’ pops up, and the screen shot takes a picture of THAT, which blocks the picture I’m trying to take. Is there any way to get that box from popping up when I hold down the “home” key?

  12. dave sutton
    dave sutton May 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm .

    If your running ics android 4 the its changed!

    Hold Volume down + power button and hey presto screen shot!!

  13. Lauren
    Lauren May 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm .

    Is there any way to make this work when I’m playing a video? When I pause a video and take a screen shot the picture ends up black.

    1. GalaxyS2Fan
      GalaxyS2Fan June 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm .

      I am also trying the same thing. When i want to take a.SCREENSHOT of a video already on my Galaxy S2 The screen always ends up Black. How do i take a screenshot of a video?!?!?!?

    2. Roy
      Roy June 25, 2012 at 2:10 am .

      hi. did you find out how to take a screen shot of a video without the picture ending up black? i have same problem and can’t seem to find an answer…

  14. carol sy
    carol sy May 12, 2012 at 11:19 pm .

    I recently upgraded my galaxy s2. And now the screen shot is not working anymore. Is there a new way to take screen shot on galaxy s2? help

    1. Tsvety
      Tsvety December 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm .

      You have to press/hold ( Home+Volume Down + Power button). This works for me. 🙂

      1. DayneJah
        DayneJah May 23, 2013 at 1:42 pm .

        thank you….everything else wasn’t working..

  15. ekin
    ekin May 15, 2012 at 8:46 pm .

    How to snap screen capture for Samsung S Advance?.

  16. Anne W.
    Anne W. May 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm .

    I’ve managed to be successful half the time with taking a screen shot with my Samsung s2. When holding down the home button, half the time it brings up the Task manager right in the middle of the screen. I really don’t want a picture of that!

  17. yessenia
    yessenia May 17, 2012 at 12:54 am .

    This was just what I needed to know thanks!!!!

  18. Redex
    Redex May 19, 2012 at 3:10 am .

    I want this to work on my Samsung Q (T589R)

  19. Vinson Mai
    Vinson Mai May 21, 2012 at 10:50 am .

    Does anyone know how to do it with the new update? I looked up numerous forums, and they says volume down and power button, but that doesn’t seem to work :/

    1. me
      me May 23, 2012 at 8:33 am .

      You have to hold them for about a second, just a little longer than feels right. Works for me on my Bell S2 running Android 4

      1. Kara
        Kara July 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm .

        Oh my god! That worked! I was having the same problem but holding it down longer makes it work! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

      2. Umashankar
        Umashankar July 17, 2012 at 1:09 am .

        Thanks!! it worked for too on S2!!! need to press volume down and home together for a second.

  20. aritha lipata
    aritha lipata May 22, 2012 at 7:45 pm .

    mine works i have samsung galaxy s2 but whenever i videocall someone and i print screen it the photo of the person i am talking appears but my image which is front camera appears black. i also tried print screening it using my front camera and as a result its also blank.

  21. jeannette
    jeannette May 22, 2012 at 11:41 pm .

    I’ve tried all three methods for my sprint galaxy s with the keyboard and none worked, any advice?

  22. Rahul Gupta
    Rahul Gupta May 30, 2012 at 12:22 am .

    Thanks for this info. My daughter had accidentally taken 5 screenshots.
    In spite of my best effort I was not able to find out this function on my phone . On your site i have found this info. Thanks

  23. Lizzie
    Lizzie May 30, 2012 at 3:48 am .

    If you guys want to take a screenshot after the new android 4 update hold down the down volume button and the hold button at the same time (to put it screenshot mode), dont let go, then click the home button (to snap the shot.) With a little practice it should work!

  24. Erricka
    Erricka May 30, 2012 at 8:31 pm .

    Does anybody know how to take screenshots in Galaxy S Advance? Please. 🙁

  25. lani
    lani June 10, 2012 at 5:11 am .

    Ive tried but when i double click the home key it gose to the voice command?

  26. Joshydroid
    Joshydroid June 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm .

    Does anyone know why despite being able to take wonderful screenshots it remains impossible to take a screenshot of a recorded video?

  27. Annet
    Annet June 15, 2012 at 6:04 am .

    Hi All,

    The first method used to work for me (the power button& home button) on my Galaxy S2. Now that doesn’t work anymore. I tried to hold the volume down button and the power button, that does not work either. When holding down the volume down, the power button and the home button, this also does not work. I cannot make screenshots anymore, anyone who knows how to make a screenshot?!
    hope someone can help..

    1. Born
      Born June 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm .

      Did you recently upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich? Try pressing the Volume down & power button at the same time. It worked for me!

  28. xkovi
    xkovi June 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm .

    The last method for ICS works! However, important thing is missing – YOU HAVE TO HOLD IT FOR AT LEAST 1 SECOND! So, press Volume Down button & the Power Button at the SAME time and keep holding until you see a screenshot has been made! Tested on Neat Rom v2.3.2. Hope it helps…

  29. Antonio
    Antonio June 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm .

    Great! thanks guys

  30. Born
    Born June 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm .

    Awesome!! Just upgraded my S2 to ICS and that “Volume Down + Power bottun” combo works like magic. No third party apps for me.

    Thank you so much!

  31. O
    O June 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm .

    Is there a way to take a screen shot in the midst of playing a video or of a paused video? When I try the pic is all black…..

  32. Patric
    Patric June 23, 2012 at 5:29 am .

    This method works for the Samsung Galaxy S Advance with Android 2.3.6: Hold down the Home button and press the Power button. It is enough to hold the Home button for half a second or so, just long enough not to bring the Recent Apps screen up.

    1. missbadabeem
      missbadabeem June 30, 2012 at 12:09 pm .

      I’m using galaxy s advance. and this Home+Power button method works well! 😀 Thank you!

  33. Kierra
    Kierra June 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm .

    Thank you sooooo much. I’ve always acidentally taken screenshots on my HTC Vivid and never knew how i did it. Even though this post wasn’t for my phone i knew it might work since my phone is 4G and up to date. This just made my day, thanks !

  34. laurie
    laurie June 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm .

    The volume down button + power button on my Samsung galaxy a II works like a charm! Thanx.

  35. O
    O June 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm .

    No -I never got a reply or any suggestions about how to take a screen shot of a video. I even tried pausing the video thinking that the video playing was the problem. It would appear as though the functionality to capture screenshots of a playing or paused video was not something that was taken into account during the development of the phone/software. While not a big deal – the truth is I expect my samsung video recorder to do everything I would otherwise be able to do with a camcorder. perhaps not as well as a “dedicated” camcorder – but the basics – and to me this should be a ‘basic’ function.

  36. rishabh
    rishabh July 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm .

    the hme+power key method works great on my galaxy s advance thanks…,

  37. Ron
    Ron July 11, 2012 at 8:25 pm .

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for this article i was beginning to become very pissed because I recently downloaded the new ice cream sandwhich upgrade and I couldnt screen shot. Thank you again…

  38. Stephanie
    Stephanie July 16, 2012 at 8:58 am .

    Thanks so much, since my icecream sandwhich update the home and power button wasn’t working anymore, but the volume down and power button works!!! Thanks again!

  39. Stephanie
    Stephanie July 16, 2012 at 9:03 am .

    con’t …the only this is now it doesn’t save it into a “screen capture folder” like before, i have to figure out where the screen shots go after you take the pic lol

  40. g
    g July 18, 2012 at 9:27 am .

    I just recently upgraded my phone (within the last 2 days) and neither method works for me to take a screen capture. Did the update disable this function for anyone else?

  41. joe
    joe July 23, 2012 at 11:38 pm .

    thank you for this information i did it with my gallaxy s 2 at first i was getting a recent box / task manager but i was able to figure it out . and it works great thanks again

  42. kristie
    kristie July 25, 2012 at 5:00 pm .

    How do you screen shot joe? I can’t figure it out. I keep getting the task manager!

    1. Kevin
      Kevin August 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm .

      You have to be quick. Have to hold the power button before task manager pops up.

  43. kristie
    kristie July 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm .

    The new software disabled it for me 🙁
    I am not happy with the update at all!
    I can’t figure it out..

  44. Priscilla
    Priscilla July 26, 2012 at 9:54 pm .

    The HOME+POWER BUTTON worked for my Galaxy SII !!!! Screen capture is very important for me especially when i pay a bill online i need it for the confirmation # =) Thank you♥♥♥♥♥

  45. sage
    sage August 17, 2012 at 11:36 am .

    so yes i used to be able to do this by holding the power button and home button but now it isnt working 🙁 i really hope u can answer my question thank u!

  46. bacidash
    bacidash August 20, 2012 at 8:21 pm .

    Does anyone know how to set the screencapture so it saves my photos to my microSD card and not into my phone?

  47. MARION
    MARION August 20, 2012 at 8:30 pm .

    I know now how to take a screenshot, but how can you email it to yourself in the bigger format. When I email it to myself the file becomes very small, 96 x 160, and I want the screenshot in the original size which is 480 x 800 pixels. Can anyone help with that?

    Thank you

  48. MARION
    MARION August 20, 2012 at 9:04 pm .

    I have found the answer to my question above. I tried sending the screenshot to my gmail account, and it sent it the correct size. When I send to hotmail it automatically reduces the size!

    So, gmail is one way that works!

  49. Galaxy S Advance User
    Galaxy S Advance User August 24, 2012 at 3:26 am .

    Thanks for your tips.. it is so easy.. press and hold home button then press power button.. it capture screen on my galaxy s advance..

  50. gmich
    gmich August 30, 2012 at 12:39 pm .

    I upgraded my Galaxy S2 to ICS, and the home+power keys still work. The volume down + power keys don’t work for me.

  51. Maza
    Maza September 18, 2012 at 10:24 pm .

    Yes I can get it working!

    Samsung Galaxy S2 (G version)
    Android ICS 4.0.3.

    The method that worked for me : Press HOME + POWER button simultaneously and hold for about 1 second. A snapshot will be created. The thumbnail will be ‘posted’ in the notification for us to view.

    The screen capture picture files are stored in :


    Thanks guys!!!

    1. tyler
      tyler November 5, 2012 at 7:07 pm .

      Okay this worked. I had to hold both down for about 2 secs.

    2. Jannice
      Jannice April 15, 2013 at 8:08 am .


  52. Yogi
    Yogi October 31, 2012 at 8:18 am .

    thanks a ton! it worked on my updated S2 🙂

  53. tyler
    tyler November 5, 2012 at 7:02 pm .

    Ok. CLEARLY all of you are playing me for a fool. I have ICS on my S2. I’ve tried ALL the methods in different orders and varying speeds but NONE of them work. I’m just going to save up and buy an S3 for christmas. So I can just swipe my hand over the screem to take a screenshot instead of holding down the HOME button while double pressing the power button and waiting 5 secs to press the volume button while hopping on leg and singing Mary Had A Little Lamb at the top of my lungs. The end.

    1. julie
      julie November 7, 2012 at 3:07 am .

      hold the home and power button at the same time (push them at the same time) and you’ll hear and see it take a screen shot. i promise it works, it might take a few times but it’ll happen

      1. kcalvert1245
        kcalvert1245 March 12, 2013 at 12:33 am .

        I had the same problem but what he said was finally the only thing that worked!

  54. Hossein
    Hossein November 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm .

    Thanks a lot!

  55. Byek
    Byek November 21, 2012 at 3:21 am .

    Thanks a lot. It worked for me. Volume down + Power button. Great !!!

  56. Rita
    Rita November 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm .

    It didn’t work to me until I read the update part. Pressing Volume Down button & the Power Button at the SAME time worked just fine. Very helpful. Thanks

  57. Chris
    Chris November 28, 2012 at 6:35 pm .

    It might be helpful to instead of saying “press,” say “press/hold.” I sat there for a good minute tapping the volume down button and the power button with no results, but as soon as I held them both down it took it.

  58. JERamos
    JERamos January 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm .

    AWESOME!! I was needlessly envious of the “I-clan” for being able to this!! LOVE MY ANDROID!!

  59. Lauren
    Lauren January 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm .

    Thanks so much for the tip! Worked for me!

  60. Dee
    Dee January 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm .

    GREAT!!! Thanks for the tip!

  61. Sam Salameh
    Sam Salameh February 14, 2013 at 6:42 am .

    Thanks for this gr8 information i was searching for a third part app to get that

  62. Jo-Nathan
    Jo-Nathan July 1, 2013 at 5:08 pm .

    Galaxy S2 FINALLY got mine to work after accidently doing it ..HOLD POWER AND HOME like a charm now

  63. Mahen
    Mahen October 9, 2013 at 8:11 pm .

    Confirmed. Galalaxy S2. Hold Power and Home key about 1 sec.

  64. confused.amber
    confused.amber January 5, 2014 at 11:10 pm .

    I have the samsung galaxy s2 and when I got it I had a shortcut on the main menu by the home key that I could press and take a screen shot. I updated my tablet today and it took the shortcut for the screen shot away. Can anyone please tell me how to get it back, please.
    Thank you,

  65. Liza
    Liza January 8, 2014 at 10:49 pm .

    thank you so much! I actually like my phone again Samsung Galaxy 2 maybe it isn’t so bad after all

  66. Lara
    Lara January 31, 2014 at 9:55 am .

    The power/volume-down button combo worked until I upgraded the Samsung software. Now it does not work anymore. Anybody else having this same issue?

  67. Ojy
    Ojy June 4, 2015 at 1:27 am .

    My T-mobile Galaxy S2 doesn’t have a home button. And the volume+power trick doesn’t work. Send help. >.<

  68. mary mcdaniel
    mary mcdaniel April 15, 2016 at 8:56 pm .

    Of youre getting TM your NOT doing it exact same sec!!! I have Samsung Gal 2. Keep trying for exact same sec. If you get TM you know you didnt get exact same time!!!!

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