Thursday, February 16, 2012

How to take Screen Shot in Android Devices

I could have done an introduction post but I’ll pass with that one this time and get down to business right away. Android is fabulous. I think it has fantastic future. With more and more devices adopting the opensource platform offered by Google, there’s a race out there for writing applications for Android. I’d like to start of this blog by writing a post on how to take screenshots of your android phone. Yes there are some applications out there which do the job but require root access. We’ll be seeing a more native and fool proof method of taking screenshots on you android screens.

1. Make sure you have Java Runtime Installed. If you don’t get it first and install it (Download link at the end of the post).

2. Connect your phone to your computer using your data cable.

If it is your first time connecting to computer using data cable, you’ll be prompted with installing drivers. I am using Windows 7 so I’ll focus on using your Android phone with Windows 7.

3. Once the phone is connected and all the drivers are installed, staying on the home screen click the menu button and navigate to

Settings > Application > Development and check the checkbox which reads USB debugging.

4. Now we need download what is called as Android SDK. (Download link at the end of the post)

5. Once downloaded, extract the content to some folder.

6. Go to the folder inside the Android SDK folder and navigate into the folder named tools.

7. Double click the file named ddms. This should open a window titled Dalvik Debug Monitor and will show your android device.

8. Click on the device menu and select screencapture to start capturing screens from your android phone.

Everytime you have to capture a new screen, click Refresh button. Click save to save the file to a specified location. Following is a sample screenshot of my home screen.

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