Sometimes I need to capture what’s happening on my phone screen, especially since I teach people how to use apps and programs so frequently. For the longest time, I just didn’t think my phone was programmed to do this, but I was wrong.
You heard it here, folks. I was wrong! I’m so glad because it gave me a chance to learn something! And if you have an Android phone, I can show you how.
Find your settings
Here’s the most difficult part of this process. You have to find your phone settings to see what version of Android you’re running. Now, if you already know what version you’re using, then you’re golden. But if you don’t, this is how to find out.
What you’re looking for is probably going to be in two places: the pull-down bar or listed among your apps.
Regardless you’re looking for an icon that looks like a gear. It may or may not have the caption “Settings” beneath it.
Review your system settings
Once you’re there, you’re going to what to look for your system settings. Generally you’re going to see a screen where you can change your sounds, your display, your battery settings, etc. But if you scroll all the way down (usually to the bottom), you’ll find your system settings.
Under System settings, look for something similar to “About Phone.”
Depending on what phone you have, you may need to select it, but as you see with my screenshot, it tells me what version of Android I’m running right there.
What the heck does that mean?
Okay, so you know how you use Windows on a computer? Most recently, everyone is talking about Windows 10, because it’s the latest version of Windows. Myself, I’m running Windows 7. There are many many versions of Windows (I learned on Windows 94; guess when that one released).
So when you hear Android 7, that means the operating system on your Android phone is running the seventh version.
Why is that important?
I’m making a big deal out of Android 7, and that’s because of a feature of this operating system that will solve your screenshot problems.
For every Android phone running Android 4 or higher, to take a screenshot, all you have to do is press and hold the power and volume-down buttons at the same time. Give it about a second and presto! Instant screenshot!
Isn’t that easy?
Your phone will save the image, and (most likely) you’ll be able to choose what you want to do with it. You can save it, share it, etc.
Now, if you want to go through all the steps of finding your version of Android, that’s great. And it’s probably good information for you to have. But you don’t have to do it.
Honestly, it’s unlikely that you’re using a smartphone with less than Android 4.0. So the majority of you should just be able to hold down the power and volume-down buttons, and you will be good to go.