Many smartphones these days have an in-built feature that allows you to take screenshots and edit them in detail, but not all of them. That’s where apps like Screen Crop come in handy. Screen Crop is a brand-new application by Florian Möhle, a developer behind a number of convenient mobile tools such as Calculator Quick Settings Tile and Weather Quick Settings Tile.
The purpose of this application is really simple, and yet it's extremely useful in that it allows you to select a particular part of the display even before you take the screenshot itself, as you can do on PCs; Windows users know this feature as the "Snipping Tool."
So, once you install an app, you will be required to activate the quick settings tile. You will need to lower your notification shade, hit the “edit” button for your quick setting tiles, find the newly-added tile for this app, and set it somewhere where you can access it when you lower the notification shade.
At this point, you will be ready to use the app. Once you want to take a screenshot of something that you have on the display, simply access that quick tile, tap it, and you will be able to select a part of the screen you want the app to take a screenshot of. At that point, you can either cancel the action, or save the area you selected as an image.
It is worth noting that this is a paid app; you will need to pay one dollar in order to use it, but you will not be bothered by ads or anything of the sort afterward. You will also need at least Android 7.0 Nougat in order to run this app, and the installation size is really tiny as well, the app weighs less than 1MB.
Having that in mind, we did encounter one issue with this app. When we installed it on the Xiaomi Mi 5, and tried to use it, the phone’s internal screenshot-taking software was activated, and hitting Screen Crop’s icon in the notification shade only took the screenshot of a whole display, it did not let us choose what to take a screenshot of beforehand. This could be an issue with Xiaomi’s phone only, particular ones, but it is worth noting.
On the flip side, the app worked as advertised on a OnePlus device, which is the second phone that we tried it on as we wanted to make sure that it works as advertised, and it does. Other than the Xiaomi Mi 5 issue, we did not really encounter any additional setbacks during our testing.
If you are interested in getting this application, a link to its Play Store listing is included below this article, and in the gallery down below, you will be able to find some official images that the developer shared, and they will give you a general idea as to how this app works, just so you know before you actually pay for it.
Screen Crop can be extremely useful if you’re taking screenshots often, as it allows you to select exactly what you want to take a screenshot of, so that you don’t have to go and crop the image you’ve already taken. On top of that, the “take screenshot” icon is extremely accessible, as it’s located amongst your quick settings tiles.