In the past, most Android phones required Root access and/or an app in order to be able to take a screenshot of your phone’s display. Well, that’s no longer the case for the Sony Xperia Ion! With the Xperia Ion you can capture a screenshot easily without any third-party apps! You heard correctly… no root or third-party paid apps required. This is now a stock feature on Android 4 ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich). This method is totally free and simple!
Why would you need to capture screenshots on your device? So that you can share what is on your screen with your friends! Get a high score on a game? Take a screenshot and send it to friends via email or Facebook! Want to share a funny text that someone sent you? There are so many reasons!
There are actually two different screenshot methods available for the Sony Xperia Ion depending on which version of Android you currently have running. Just follow the steps below to start taking screen shots on your Xperia.
Method 1 (Xperia S with Gingerbread):
1. HOLD down the POWER button and then press the “Take Screenshot” button that appears.
2. That’s it! Seriously, it’s that easy! You’ll see a message appear on the screen that says “screenshot saved to Camera shots”. With this method, your screenshot will appear in the directory /Pictures/Screenshots. You can also go to your Gallery app to see the screenshots that you have captured.
Method 2 (Xperia Ion with Android 4.0 ICS):
1. Hold down the POWER button and then press the VOLUME DOWN button. (hold the buttons for a second or two)
2. That’s it for this method too! You’ll see a message appear on the screen that says “screenshot saved to Camera shots”. With this method, your screenshot will appear in the directory /Pictures/Screenshots. You can also go to your Gallery app to see the screenshots that you have captured.
Now go try it out and start capturing some cool images of your Android screens! Leave us a comment if you have any questions.
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