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How To Take A Screenshot On Your Smartphone (Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, Whatever)

Daniel Bean
Assistant Editor
Yahoo Tech

Forget the selfie — we think the “screenie” will be the next big thing.

Taking screenshots — a picture of whatever is on your display at the moment — can be helpful for many reasons: Sharing an accomplishment in a game with a friend; quickly saving a map to your camera roll; getting photographic evidence of an hilarious text message conversation caused by an Autocorrect mishap

With this in mind, we’d like to teach you how to take a screenshot on your device: Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, whatever. Read on below.

Android 4.0 and Newer: (Galaxy SIII, Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Note 2 and3, HTC One, Nexus phones, Droid phones)

Any Android phone running Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) or later can easily take a screenshot. Hold the Power and Volume Down buttons together until the screen flashes and you hear the shutter sound. The screenshot image will appear in your Gallery app, usually inside the Screenshots folder.

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iPhone

The method for taking a screenshot in iOS has been the same since version 2.0. Hold the Power (Sleep/Wake) and Home buttons together until the screen flashes and you hear the shutter sound. The screenshot image will appear in your Photos app under Camera Roll.

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Windows Phone

Hold the Start and Power buttons together until the screen flashes and you hear the shutter sound. The screenshot image will appear in your Photos app under Albums > Screenshots.

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BlackBerry 10 (Q5, Q10, Z10, and Z30)

Hold the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons together until you hear the shutter sound. The screenshot image will appear in your Pictures app under Recent tab

Older Android Phones (2.3 or earlier)

Generally, the only real way to capture a screenshot with an Android phone running anything earlier than 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is to use an app. The only good one that we could find will run you about $3 in the Google Play store, but it does have a neat feature that allows for a “shake to take a screenshot” feature (it’s called Screenshot). The exceptions to this rule are the few pre-Ice Cream Sandwich versions of Android that were released on earlier Samsung Galaxy phones. These builds do offer built-in screenshot options (typically by the combination of Home and Power buttons, or sometimes the Back and Power buttons).