How To: Taking Screen Captures on the Galaxy Nexus

In the past, screen captures on Android have meant rooting the device. Some devices had special key combinations that would allow for a screen capture. Google just didn’t include this as part of the operating system, so some devices would do it and others not.  For the devices that you could do screen captures on, the key combination varies from device to device.

Enter Ice Cream Sandwich. The latest revision of Android brings screen capture into the base OS. Hopefully this will bring standardization across the platform and going forward all devices will have the ability to do screen captures with a standard key combination.


On the Galaxy Nexus, you can do a screen capture by pressing the volume down button and the power button at the same time. Within a second or two, you will see the screen capture and then a notification in the top bar that it is being saved. Jump into the gallery and you can browse through all your screen captures on your device. From there it’s just a hop, skip, and jump to posting it on damnyouautocorrect, or sharing with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

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Mike Temporale grew up fascinated by computers since an early age. His first hands on with a computer came when he was 7 years old and a travelling lab of Commodore PET computers made a stop at his school. Hooked on the new world these devices offered, he took any chance possible to get in front of a computer. When Compaq launched the iPaq 3600, he was hooked again. This time on a whole new world of mobile computing. Today, Mike spends his day helping clients deploy and manage their mobile device around the world. From installing custom software, to locking and securing data, and everything in between. He is also the Editor in Chief at Mobile Jaw - a site focused on today's mobile world.