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Pro Tip: There’s a better way to take screenshots in Android Marshmallow


If you hate the standard screenshot-taking mechanism in Android — typically a combo of pressing down the home and power buttons, or power and volume buttons at the same time — you’re probably not alone. What if we told you there’s a better way to take screenshots that doesn’t require awkward button combinations (which could often be hard to pull off thanks to things like bad cases)?

Well, there is, but there’s just one catch: you have to be on Android 6.0 Marshmallow as it requires Google Now on Tap:

  • Hold down the home button (from any screen)
  • Tap the “Share” icon on the far left
  • The “Screen Capture” animation occurs and the “Share with” dialogue opens
  • Select the app with which you’d like to share/send the screenshot!


What’s great about this method is that it also makes your status bar turn up empty in the resulting picture, so if there are notifications from apps you’d rather people not see then you won’t have to worry about clearing it out before taking the screenshot. Give it a try the next time you want to take a screenshot and see if it doesn’t make your life a little bit easier.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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