When I get a new phone to demo or for personal use one of the first things I need to figure out is how to capture what I see on the screen into a picture. This task is often called or referred to as a screenshot or print screen. In the past, Android didn’t have this feature embedded into the operating system, but there were apps that could easily help you out. Sometimes you would have to pull down the notification bar and tap an option to take a picture of the screen under the notification bar. I believe HTC was the first to adopt this into a manufacturer recipe of the Android user interface allowing the user to press the Home and Power buttons at the same time and other manufacturers have followed suit with some kind of button combo.
To take a screenshot with the Motorola Droid Turbo follow these steps:
- Press the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time.
- Hold these buttons for at least 2 seconds.
- Release when you see a white border appear around a smaller version of the screen.
Screenshots are saved to an album in your Gallery called “Screenshot” and can immediately be viewed by dragging down the quick launch and tapping on the shortcut or by viewing the album in the Gallery.
There are several good uses for screenshots on your mobile device. A good use of the screenshot feature is for troubleshooting with a friend remotely. If they are having a hard time describing an issue ask them to send you a picture of to help with the description. Sometimes it gives the person on the remote side a better sense of what’s going on.
I often use screenshots as an aide to help explain a new or discovered feature. It’s really helpful as I walk through a new or updated app.
Have you ever read any of those funny auto-correct conversations online? Those are shared by people who took a screenshot of their messaging app and uploaded it to the web.
Taking a screenshot can be very useful and is the first thing I explore when reviewing a new phone. I hope you are able to take a screenshot with the Motorola Droid Turbo after reading this article. If this was helpful please tap the sharing icons and broadcast the article to your social networks.