While many of us have probably been using Android for quite a while, we are always welcoming new people into the ‘Android family’, so to speak. Which means we need to cover the more simple, or beginner tips. For example, taking a screenshot. Google added the ability to take a screenshot in Android natively in Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich. Before ICS, you used to have to either plug in your phone/tablet to your computer and use the SDK to get a screenshot. Or you’d need to use an app, which usually requires root. Luckily, we don’t need the SDK or an app to take screenshots. It’s actually quite simple now, and pretty much the same on every device, with the exception of Samsung devices. So let’s go over how to take a screenshot on the Xperia Z1s.
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How to take a Screenshot on the Sony Xperia Z1s
Simply hold down the power and volume down button together. You will then see some animation where your device is taking the screenshot. It actually only takes a few seconds to take the screenshot. You’ll then see the notification in the notification shade which you can swipe away, tap on it to view it, or share it straight from the notification shade. Which is a really nice feature. Especially if you’re having an issue with your device, you can take a screenshot and upload it to Google+/Twitter/Facebook, etc.
On some devices, screenshots are not stored in the same area as pictures taken with your camera (I can actually only think of this being different on the HTC One family of devices). So you may have to go hunting, but normally you should see an album in the Gallery or Google+ photos that’s named “Screenshots. In the case of the Xperia Z1s, the “Album” app actually opens to show all of your pictures, by default. But if you switch over to the ‘Albums’ section, you’ll need to tap on ‘Internal’ to get to the ‘Screenshots’ folder. So nothing too difficult, but it is hidden a bit.