Taking a scrolling screenshot is easy on Android devices. It’s almost exactly the same as taking a regular screenshot. You can extend the image and convey more information in a single image with just a few extra steps.
With four Android devices in my repertoire, I’m very familiar with the inner workings of Android functionality. Even if I don’t think I’ll use a feature, I try to keep up with all the newest developments; there’s no wrong time to become more knowledgeable.
In just a few short steps, we’ll help you master taking scrolling screenshots and boosting your engagement by encapsulating more information in each image!
- How to Take Screenshots Using Android’s Native Functionality
- How to Take Scrolling Screenshots Using Samsung’s Proprietary Software
- Final Thoughts
How to Take Screenshots Using Android’s Native Functionality
Step 1: Check That Your Device Is Compatible
While most current Android devices should be able to take scrolling screenshots, the feature wasn’t introduced until Android 12 Beta 3. We’re currently in the beta testing stage for Android 13, but there are plenty of devices on the market still running Android 11.
Once you’ve checked your device’s compatibility, you’re ready to take your first scrolling screenshot.
Step 2: Take a Screenshot
Simultaneously hold the Volume Down and Power buttons until the screen flashes, indicating that you’ve taken a screenshot. From there, a small toolbar should pop up at the bottom of your screen with additional options to edit the image.
If the application you’re using is compatible with Android’s scrolling screenshot function, there will be a button that says “Capture More” on the right side of the toolbar. Press that to open the scrolling screenshot feature.
Step 3: Crop Your Screenshot
Once you open the scrolling screenshot interface, you’ll be greeted with a sleek-looking crop box that you can drag to scroll up and down the page. Next, drag the box to encompass what you want to be included in your screenshot.
After you’ve set up the perfect crop, you can hit the save button in the top left corner of the screen to save the image to your device or tap the pencil icon in the bottom right corner to edit your photo further.
How to Take Scrolling Screenshots Using Samsung’s Proprietary Software
If you have a Samsung device, you’ll need to use Samsung’s proprietary scrolling screenshot software. It’s essentially the same as Android’s software but overrides the functionality. So, you won’t be able to use Android’s native software.
Step 1: Ensure Your Device is Compatible
Like other Android devices, not all Samsung devices have access to Samsung’s scrolling screenshot feature. Older and lower-powered devices did not receive access to this functionality.
For instance, my S22 Ultra has scrolling screenshots, but my A03S doesn’t. Additionally, since the A03S only supports up to Android 11, I can’t use Android’s native functionality either.
There are two ways to take a scrolling screenshot using a Samsung device. First, if you have a device with S Pen functionality, you can use the S Pen to do so. However, the S Pen is not necessary for taking a scrolling screenshot on a compatible device.
Method 1: Take a Screenshot
Using the regular screenshot function, you can bring up Samsung’s scrolling screenshot function. Like Android’s proprietary screenshot function, the scrolling screenshot button appears on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen after taking a screenshot.
Tap the button below to scroll the screen down, capture the information, and add it to the image.
Method 2: Use the S Pen
Devices with S Pen functionality can also take scrolling screens using the S Pen. Start by undocking the S Pen. That will bring up the S Pen menu.
Select “Screen Write” to bring up the screenshot interface. Then, tap the scroll button to scroll the screen down and capture the image.
Taking a scrolling screenshot is an excellent way to send lots of information to friends and family. In addition, you can use this functionality to post long messages on Twitter or make image comparisons; the possibilities are endless!
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