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Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) brings you screen capture functionality

I know a lot of people wants to take screenies of their Android phone. As a phone reviewer or somebody who writes Android guides, the ability to take screenshots on a phone is something that we would often need.

Previously, the only way to take screenshots on an Android phone is install the SDK and tether the phone to your machine and use your PC to take the screenshot. There are lots of screen capturing tools in the Android market but they usually require you to have a rooted phone.

gingerbread screenshot

Now with Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread), Google gave us the ability to capture screenshots easily by a combination of buttons. Hold the Power button then quickly press the Home/Back button. The second button varies between handsets because button placements are not the same on all Android phones. Anyway, it works similarly as that of iOS and the screenies are stored in your Gallery folder.

UPDATE: Ok it seems that a number of Samsung phones have this feature built-in already regardless of Android OS rendering the title of this post moot. To take a screenshot on your Samsung Android phone, try the Home and Back button combination. It worked on our Galaxy Ace running on Froyo. Thanks to those who send this tip in. 🙂

I’ve tried this on my HTC Sensation. Saw it work on the HTC ChaCha and heard it works on the Samsung Galaxy SII as well. If you have a different phone on Gingerbread 2.3.4, try it out and let us know if it worked for you.

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  • I’m using a Galaxy SII on 2.3.3 and it works! Thanks a lot for the information!

    • oh so it works on the 2.3.3? it didn’t work on my sensation until i upgraded to 2.3.4. same with my friend’s HTC Desire HD.

      • yup it worked! how can i upgrade my galaxy SII to 2.3.4?

  • Mustafa

    Galaxy Tab 7, works even with Froyo 🙂

    • ahhh really?? hmm it didn’t work on a Galaxy Ace running Froyo.

      • leo

        calvin,different on the ace, its the back button plus the home button, and yes, working on my s2 version 2.3.3

        • Holy crap you’re right! It works on the Ace. Home and Back.

  • JayBEsguerra

    It works on Samsung Galaxy S II out of the box (2.3.3). No upgrade needed.

  • Screenshot (Press and hold Back button while pressing Home button) works on my stock GT-S5830 Samsung Galaxy Ace running FroYo 2.2.1 DXKC1.

  • Doesn’t work on stock Gingerbread 2.3.6 Nexus S. :S

    • You already! With the Gingerbread 2.3.6 and Nexus S. Maybe it’s a different combination?

      • So far no luck. It might be a feature added by those skins.

  • I discovered this a while ago on Galaxy SL with 2.2


  • Griswold

    Well I guess it’s phone dependent, not OS dependent. kelangan lang alamin ang button combination.

  • Zo

    also built in with stock froyo on the 2x 🙂

  • Haven’t seen the Mini and/or the following second button combination mentioned, so I guess I’ll share it as well.

    Samsung GALAXY mini @ Android 2.2.1 Froyo:

    Samsung GALAXY mini @ Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread:

    • thanks buddy!

    • Woah. I’ve been looking for this info for a long time. Thank you! 🙂

  • TimWiley

    How do you do it on HTC Thunderbolt?

  • DjGlobal

    Samsung GALAXY Fit @ Android 2.2.1 Froyo:

    Samsung GALAXY Fit @ Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread:

    Samsung GALAXY Fit @ Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread:

  • DjGlobal

    Does it work on Icecream Sandwich?

    • I think ICS has its own screen capture button on its nav bar.

    • Francisco Alvarado

      Hold [Power] + [Vol-] for aprox. 2 secs. That should do the trick (No need for roots, 3rd party apps, or custom ROMs).

  • DjGlobal

    Thanks. It was my last doubt of Android 4.0.
    P.S. Sorry for my english – I’m russian. 🙂

  • Rohan

    i hav galaxy pop….it was the home key+back key…bt after updated to 2.3.6 ….it didnt work….suggest me sth

  • galaxy pro-user

    Galaxy pro b7510

    Android 2.3.6 gingerbread

    Hold [main menu]+power

    Android 2.2.2 froyo

    Hold [search]+C

  • kia

    I have a lg marquee any suggestions please.

  • Karyn

    Bravo! Thank you for this!! I was using ICS (didn’t care for it much except for new UI and screenshot feature). I ended up with a new warranty phone that had Gingerbread on it and I thought I had lost the ability to screenshot. On ICS, you hold down ringer and power. Gingerbread is much better. I love the combination it uses. Much easier to work.

    I was just about to spend $5.00 on an app that seemed complicated and inconvenient to do what my phone already does for free– and quite easily I might add. I’m so glad I gave the internet one more try and found your article before I bought that app!! You saved me money and made me one very happy girl!!

    HTC Vivid, Gingerbread 2.3.4 HTC Sense 3.0

  • Zoe

    What about the Samsung Galaxy SGH-I897
    GINGERBREAD 2.3.4?
    the Hold key and power didn’t work, the Hold key and back either
    nor the power key and volume.
    I tried to download app but they seem not to work, any ideas?

    • Niraver

      As DJGlobal said:
      Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread:

  • Aryii

    Droid3 2.3.4 ? Tried back &home, home & power, and neither worked. any ideas ?

  • raud

    Please, help me I have an alcatel one touch 995 who run with the gingerbread 2.3
    6 and those combinations didn’t work :s

  • Lol ♪ Good Heavens it works! ^_^ actually i already have an app *screencapture* i downloaded it on google play.. i thought it’s that app that’s workin not the tricks so i deleted it then i tried to press the switch key and the home key at the same time and OLAH it works!! ♬ ^_^
    Thank you. ♥

  • The key combination restarted my phone…

  • ideal

    I have ZTE Avail phone nd Android Version 2.3.4 who can i make screenshoot ?

  • Dushyant

    Is there anyone who can tell me how to take screenshot on karbonn a7+ 2.3.6 without rooting it

  • Porshia

    I have T-Mobile Mytouch 4g running gingerbread 2.3.4 and I’ve tried all tricks listed, except apps, and can not screen shot. Can anyone help me with this feature?

  • Nini

    Hello, I have a Cloudfone Ice (Huawei something something) from Globe plan, Android 2.2.2.

    I tried everything in the comments, but it either restarts my phone or just puts it to sleep or do nothing.

    Hmmm. Any ideas?

    • maybe it’s broken. might want to have it replaced habang maaga pa.

  • tanu

    is screenshot available for micromax bolt a27 .??

  • Michelle

    It doesn’t work on Telecom Y300

  • pikapizy

    I’ve tried all the options listed above on my TECNO gingerbread. didn’t work…but screenshots do work on newer TECNO phones running on ICS and above…probably is not the OS its the carrier e.g samsung and HTC brands runing on GB

  • jacob

    How do you do it on a pantech running gingerbread its like a p906 or something Idk

  • akash

    how can i take screen shots on my karbonn 2.3.6 gingerbread

  • maru

    Hi itdid not work on my android 2.3.6

  • peaton

    Back(hold)+ Home works on samsung fit froyo 2.2.1