How to Capture Screenshots in Android Phones Without Rooting

The rooted Android phones have an advantage of getting more access and usage of apps, which are not allowed in the non-rooted phones, but users are pretty conscious about the rooting and would opt against it many a times. In the phones which are not rooted, capturing the screenshots is not possible unless you pay for it, as of now. There is an application called “No Root Screenshot It” which is available at a price of 4.99 USD and can be bought from the Android market.

I would rather root the phone and use the free apps like ShootMe, but still if you thinking spending a few bucks is better than rooting the Android phone, No Root Screenshot It is a good option.

Here is how you can capture screenshots in Non-rooted Android phones –
Buy the No Root Screenshot It app from the Android market, and open it. It wouldn’t allow you to capture screenshots so soon. You need to enable the screenshot capture by doing it from your Windows or Mac computer. Download the software and you would be able to enable or disable the capturing of screenshots. Once you enable it, you would be taken to the screenshot taking page, where you can make changes to the settings.

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The app has a lot of settings, a few of which include –

  • Image format – Selecting between JPG and PNG for the screenshots captured
  • Flip Image – If at all the screenshots appear upside down, you can select this option to make the alignment right
  • Rotate Image
  • Invert colors – The colors can be inverted if you feel the screenshot colors are incorrect
  • Alternate method of screenshot if the screenshot comes out blank
  • Preview after save – You can preview the screenshot instantly once it is saved
  • Save directory – Select a place where the captured screenshots can be saved

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Apart from these options, once the image is captured, you can select to save it directly or crop to a particular section and save only that area. You can share the image directly through email, bluetooth etc. and the other Android phone sharing options just like any other image from the gallery.

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Here is a video explaining what the Screenshot app does in Non-rooted Android phones –


We have found with our commentators that the pressing of Back and Home key together helps in capturing the screenshots  but we could confirm that on only the HTC Evo, and the Samsung Galaxy S so didn’t share the trick and did the one that worked on most of the phones. However, you can try out the trick of pressing the back and home key together to capture the screenshot.

  • Gerald Johnson

    For Android phones 4.0 and up, hold volume down and power button. You should hear a camera shutter click…screenshot saved! :-)

  • Jessica Melendez

    How do i take a screen shot on a verizon revolution?

  • Austin

    More than likely, it’s working for all of the Samsung phones because of the operating system skin and firmware that Samsung installs proprietorially on all of their devices. I, myself, hate the operating system but it comes with a lot of goodies.

  • Marissa

    cinami’s method didn’t work for my htc inspire 4g with 2.2.1… My software says up to date. I want to try the app that is suggested but I don’t want to buy it for it not to work.

    • Mike

      HTC phones seem to use the power & home button combo to take a screen shot, instead of back & home. Not sure how long for, never been a priority for me but did it by accident and then found many newer HTC phones do it now – I’m guessing it depends on the software, mine is HTC Desire HD running 2.3.5 – you also may know this by now – but many sites still seem to think the Development kit is still the only way to do it.

  • wixter

    did NOT work on my evo shift running gingerbread…………weird

    • Neal Pradeep

      it should work, just try again!

      • mtnmedic

        Does NOT work for my EVO 4G as well. My phone is completely updated to the latest build of Gingerbread. Not rooted. FAIL.

  • Ray of Perth

    I can also confirm this method has worked on Galaxy S GTi9000 since factory update to Froyo 2.2
    (On Virgin Mobile Australia)

    Cheers, Ray

    • Amit Bhawani

      yep we just checked and confirm that in the latest firmwares its available.

  • JohnD

    On my Samsung Galaxy S2 hold the home button and then quickly press power key.

    • Smartt

      Works the same way on my Galaxy S II (Gingerbread 2.3.4. XXKH3 with Lite`ning ROM V6.1) home button+power key

  • tp

    cinami’s tip works for Galaxy S with 2.2

  • Paul

    I appreciate the video but please, please Chetan, either go to diction school or have someone else who can properly and clearly speak English. I mean no offence but I didn’t understand half of what you said.
    Take care and keep up the good work

    • Chetan Bhawani

      Will keep that in mind, Paul. Changing the accent would take time, but I appreciate your comments and would try to do better in the coming videos.

  • cinami

    This advice is nonsense. All I have to do is hold my back button and press home key to take a screen shot

    • Amit Bhawani

      Are you serious about that? Because that works on iOS based devices and not on Android.

      • Kartik

        cinami is right, Back key + Home button combination works on my SGS i9000 at least and is the best way to capture a screenshot.

        • Amit Bhawani

          Possibly true but we have never found that option working except on our iPhone & iPad. May be because of firmware, can you share your firmware version.

    • Chetan Bhawani

      It didn’t work in the Galaxy Froyo version, but after the gingerbread update we could see that option. Not every user would upgrade to gingerbread until it is officially released, so we talked about the app.