How to Capture Screenshots on Samsung Galaxy S without Rooting

samsung galaxy sIf you wanted to share some tutorials to your friends or if you are a tech blogger like me then it is very important that you should be in a position to take screen shots so that you can share things with others. But out of the box you cannot take screen shots right away from the device, for this holy thing you need to take some pains in configuring. I would not say pains but since it’s an additional thing am calling pains. I’m not the techie who believes in rooting things and then taking chances to brick the phone as rooting has its own  advantages and disadvantages. So, let’s proceed to the procedure where in you can take snapshots without rooting your device that is Samsung Galaxy S.

Before proceeding to the procedure, let’s download and install some of the ingredient softwares like Sun Java SE Development Kit (SDK) and Android SDK . After downloading these two software tools you need to unzip and install the same on the desktop. Now, you will have to set the debugging mode. Just tap on Applications icon from the home screen, select Settings, then Applications, you will now find an option called Development, select that. After selecting you will find an option called USB Debugging, select that before connecting your device to PC or Laptop for further process. Also you will find an exclamation mark on the above bar in red color.

USB Debugging

Now, connect your device which is now in the debugging mode with the computer via a USB cable. If you are connecting your device for the first time then you will find that some of the devices will be getting installed as shown below. In some cases, you will be requiring internet connection, so always keep it available.

device software installation

After connecting your phone with computer, you should see a shortcut in the android-sdk-windows folder on the desktop called Screenshot Shortcut which directly points to the ddms.bat file in tools folder, now just double click on the shortcut or the bat file so that this file opens up. Now, you can see that a black cmd screen and after sometime you should see a Graphical User Interface (GUI) window as shown below,

DALVIK Debug Monitor

Now, if you can see the phone as shown above then everything is going correct. If you are not seeing the phone that means something is wrong with the steps you have done so far, So please scroll to the end to see an alternate method to take screen shots without rooting.

Now, go to Device Menu and then to the Screenshot option or press Ctrl+ S. You should now able to see the live screen of your phone. Click on Refresh to refresh screen and Copy to copy the screen shot. It is recommended to do a copy rather than save option which will directly save the screen shot easily.

After finishing with the screen shot process don’t forget to TURN OFF USB Debugging mode from phone. So with simple steps you have successfully learnt on how to take screen shots from your Samsung Galaxy S and that too without rooting your device. You can also capture screen shots withourt rooting easily.



  1. Dan Gallant

    May 31, 2012 at 1:56 am

    After searching a number of these forums, I’ve discovered that the back/home button combo does not work on T-Mobile (US) Vibrant models, regardless of Android version. Since that is the device I use, I find this article very helpful.

  2. Guido van der Velden

    May 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Unfortunatelly the back/home combo does not work in every app.
    The way to get around these buttons i discovered a few days ago:

    Kind regards


  3. christian

    May 10, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    so do i need to download an application or do it over the computer? im sort of confused.

    • Neal Pradeep

      May 10, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      @christian download an application preferably if you are not comfortable with!

  4. Michael King

    May 5, 2011 at 4:08 am

    On the Galaxy S GT-I9000 all you have to do to capture the screen is press (bottom right) then, while still holding , press (bottom middle).

  5. mangesh

    March 19, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Yess………. it’s working in andriod 2.2 version . First hold(Long press) the Back button & then press on mobile center button ( Home button) ………..screen get captured ………..u can see the screen in the screen capture folder

    • Ray

      April 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      Tried this while on my Homescreen and I got an image of EVERY app on my phone, but no pic of my Homescreen.

      • Reann

        September 15, 2011 at 8:39 am

        there is a five second delay on all screen shots using this method, so you may have to go to where you want to take the screen shot (accept that it will go ‘back’ when you hold the back button), then hit the centre ‘home’ button and quickly go back to where you wanted the screen shot taken. It may take a couple of tries, but you’ll get there!

  6. shayral

    February 14, 2011 at 12:42 am

    I’ve got my GalaxyS running Android 2.2 and my carrier’s Vodafone NL. This works for me, and I think it’s the OS version rather than carrier.

  7. the zombie machinist

    February 5, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    i also cannot get this to work by pressing the Back & Home buttons. in fact the only reason i knew the phone had this feature was by complete fluke. took screenshots randomly a couple of times while texting. dont know how it happened.

  8. rachel

    February 2, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    @hazzatori. who is your carrier? when i press these buttons as others have mentioned it does not work.

  9. Hazzatori

    January 19, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    What a stupid article, Simply hold your thumb on the back button and then while holding press the home button and it will take a screen capture!


    • Darian

      September 13, 2011 at 8:01 am

      i didnt even bother to read the article, just happened to read ur comment, tried it n my phone and it worked! thanksssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  10. Daniel

    January 6, 2011 at 1:57 am

    I was wondering if there was any way to capture videos of the screen on the Samsung Galaxy S like capturing screenshots, without the use of another camera.

    • Sutikshan Dubey

      June 6, 2011 at 4:51 am

      Thanks Mate. Searching for this and found your answer as first in google.

  11. Steffen Andersen

    December 27, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Very cool. I am about to build a suite with tuturials to the Samsung Galaxy S, and this was just what I wanted 🙂

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