Android devices used to be notoriously irritating when it came to taking screenshots. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case. You no longer need to install the Android SDK or consider rooting and installing a third-party app because an easy screenshot solution has been baked into the platform. If you’ve got a Nexus 4 smartphone, a Nexus 7 tablet, or a Nexus 10 tablet (or, a Galaxy Nexus and most Android devices) the steps are exactly the same.
- Hold the Volume down button and the Power button at the same time
On the Nexus 4 you’ll find the Volume rocker on the left spine and the Power button on the right. On the Nexus 7 both buttons are on the right side of the device, if it’s held vertically. On the Nexus 10, look in the upper left. The trick is to hold Volume down and Power at exactly the same time.
When you do it successfully on the Nexus 4 you’ll see the screen blink and a confirmation of your screenshot will be accompanied by a sound and vibration. On the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 you’ll see the same animation and you’ll get the sound feedback without the vibration.
The screenshot will appear in the Notifications bar so simply drag it down to review and share. With Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) you can share it directly from the Notifications bar via email, social media, or SMS. It will also automatically be saved in your Gallery app in an album called Screenshots.
Take all the screenshots you want! Enjoy.