How to Capture Screen on Android Devices

In a recent post about WordPress App for Android, you can see some nice screenshots I took on my Android device. Honestly, I didn’t know how to do it on Android and even intended to use a camera to take pictures of my phone’s screen. That’s the easiest way to take screenshots or record the screen, however, those images couldn’t be as clear and sharp as the ones you see on that post. Therefore, to bring more value to that post, I made some researches to find out an easy and effective way to take screenshots on Android devices.

There are some tutorials on the Internet guiding to take screenshots on Android but most of them are complicated and even require you to root your device. I know how inconvenient it is, so if you are searching for a simpler way, you can follow the steps below to do it.

Install Necessary Programs

  • Download and install Java SE Developement Kit (JDK) (67 MB) first.
  • Download Android SDK (31 MB) and install it. Write down the full path to Android SDK for a later step, in my case the path is C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\
  • Download the tool Android Screenshots and Screen Capture (2.8 MB). When you first run the tool, you will need to select path to the Android SDK installed above.

Activate USB Debugging on your Android device

From the home screen of your phone, click Menu – Settings – Applications – Developement, here make sure the option USB Debugging is checked.


Set up Windows USB Driver and Android SDK Platform tools

  • Run SDK Manager from Android SDK Tools.
  • Click Cancel when it requires you to choose packages to install.
  • Go to the left panel, select Available packages.
  • Expand the Android Repository and check the Android SDK Platform-tools.
  • Expand the Third party Add-onsGoogle Inc. and check the Google USB Driver Package.
  • Now click on Install Selected, choose the option Accept All in the next window and then click on Install.
  • Close SDK Manager and connect your phone to computer. When being prompted for driver, you can get the driver from the folder of USB Driver installed in the above step (C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\extras\google\usb_driver).
  • Add the path of platform-tools to your system PATH variable by appending ;C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools to the PATH.
  • Copy adb.exe from the folder android-sdk\platform-tools to android-sdk\tools.

All done, now you can run the tool AndroidScreenCapure to start. What you see on your device is now showed on your computer screen and you can easily capture screenshots of your devices.

If you have any problem, please let me know below. Good luck.

About Tuan Do

I am a professional blogger on TechWalls - Technology Blog since 2011. I write about anything related to technology and Internet. Wordpress blogging tips, technology and gadget news are my favorite topics. You can follow TechWalls to get my guide on making money from Wordpress blog.
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  1. Hi Tuan,

    Much appreciated and thanks for sharing the tutorial. The Android OS must have a screen-shot capturing feature enabled by default like those seen on iPhones. Looking at the crooked ways users have to opt in just for the screen capturing process, lets hope the developers end up adding the iPhone like feature or something similar in the coming versions of Android.

    • Yeah, I am a little surprised when I couldn’t find out any good Android app to capture screen-shots on my device. There is a Screenshot app on Android market but it requires rooting our device. This is maybe the only way to capture screenshots on Android without rooting.

  2. TnTonly says:

    After reading all of this, I still think it is too complicated compared to rooting the device then installing any screenshot application. There are even some applications do not require root privilege.

    My HTC Hero was rooted when I bought it, but I heard there are some applications on the Market to help you one-click-root. I’m not so sure because I haven’t tried one.

    • It looks complicated but it is not. I did all those steps in less than 5 minutes. According to what I know, this is the only tool that doesn’t require root privilege. Do you know any other?

      Many users don’t want to root device as it is very dangerous. Apart from the warranty problem, who can guarantee that the third party doesn’t steal your private info?

  3. I’m planning to buy android phone shortly as I’m now on iphone.

  4. I got one Nexus One, however, there’s an hardware errors.

  5. This process does sound complicated to me. I wish there was a simpler way to take screenshots without rooting the phone or needing a PC.

  6. There isn’t unless you root your device. No haven’t moved my blog yet, been busy over the weekend.

  7. Nexus_S says:

    I can’t manage to make it work with my Nexus S (Windows XP SP3)
    Installation OK / path is correcty set.
    Android Composite ADB interface monts correctly when the phone is connected, USB debugging is active, but ASSC won’t see my phone…
    Any idea of what I could possibly have done wrong ?

  8. I has recently installed SDK and trying to connect my dell XCD35 android phone with my PC.
    I think it will work for me and I will be able to capture screen of my cell phone.

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