How to take Screenshot in Android-Screenshot Without Root

How to take Screenshot in Android:

I discovered that taking a screenshot of the Android screen isn’t really that difficult using a PC or laptop. I’m going to show you how to connect your Android device to your PC via USB and quickly capture a screenshot whenever you like.  The first step of course is to make sure your PC is configured to quickly connect to your Android phone. To do this, you just need to set up the following applicationsonce on your computer.

  1. Install the USB driver for your phone onto your PC. You can get the Droid driver for Windows PCs here.
  2. The Java SE developers kit.
  3. The Android SDK developers kit.

Download and install those three applications, and you’re already halfway to taking screenshots with your Android quickly and easily. After you set up the Android SDK developer kit, you’ll be presented with an update screen that probably has an error saying you need to force download. Just cancel/close that screen and continue to the procedure below.

Setting Up Your PC To Take Android Screenshots:

You don’t have to do this every single time you need a screenshot, only once to configure your PC. Most online instructions don’t make that clear, and most Android users assume the procedure is too annoying and time consuming – it’s not!  Here’s how you set up your PC to take Android screenshots.

First, if you still have the Android SDK developer kit setup screen up (if you don’t just run the SDK Setup in the folder you extracted the files to), then click “Update All.”  However, if you get the error that tells you to do a force download, then just click on the Settings option in the menu.


All you have to do is make sure that the “Force https://…” is selected under the “Misc” section. Click “Save & Apply” and then go back to the Installed Packages screen. Click on the “Update All” button.


Then just click on “Install Accepted,” and wait a while for the app to install all of the packages. It’s a good idea to just install all of them for compatibility. When this is done, go to the “Available Packages” screen and click on “Refresh.”


Now that you’ve updated the Android SDK developers kit, you’re ready to start taking screenshots of your Android device. However, I have one more step that will save you a lot of annoyance later. Create a link to the Dalvik Debug Monitor in the SDK developer kit that you can quickly use to capture screenshots. Just go to the Tools folder in the folder where you downloaded the SDK developer kit. Find the DDMS.BAT file there, and create a shortcut to it that you can place on your desktop whenever you want to take a screenshot.

Please Note: I ran into two significant issues when doing this setup on my 64 bit Vista installation. Running DDMS.BAT may return a few errors. You may need to manually enter the PATH in my system environment variables for the bin folder of your Java installation. You may also need to manually enter the ANDROID_SWT variable for the path to the swt.jar file in your Android SDK installation. You may not need to do either of these things – just pay attention to any errors the DDMS.bat file returns.


Taking Screenshots Of Your Android Device

Now that you’ve configured your PC above once, taking screenshots of your Android from now on is fast and easy. The first thing you’ll want to do when you’re ready to start taking screenshots is to enable USB debugging on your phone. You can do this by going to Settings ->Applications->Development and click to enable “USB Debugging.”

Once that’s done, go ahead and plug your mobile phone into the USB port. Since you’ve already installed the driver for your device, your computer will identify and connect – if it doesn’t then just browse to directly where you downloaded the driver files (again, you’ll only have to do this once.)

Then, from now on all you need to do to take screenshots is as follows:

1. Run the DDMS.BAT file, and the Dalvik Debug Monitor will launch.



You’ll see your device displayed in the left top pane. All of your phone activity is logged below and you’ll see the activity scrolling up the pane.

2. To take your screenshot, just click Device and then Screen Capture



3. Just save your screenshot!


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