Android 11 comes with chat bubbles, notification history, media controls, etc. It offers many new and interesting features such as As with every new update, Android 11 also has some feature-related downgrades. A screenshot using the power button function. So if you’re wondering how to take a screenshot on Android 11, we offer you five different ways.
Taking screenshots was difficult on older versions of Android. But over time things got better. Now you can easily take screenshots with gestures, quick settings panel or tapping the screen.
But how to take a screenshot on Android 11? Let’s find the answer.
Method 1: Take Screenshot from Recent App Screen
In Android 11, Google removed the screenshot option from the power button. If you hold down the power button, you will no longer see the option to take a screenshot. This is because it is now available at the bottom of the recent apps screen. So, after you upgrade your phone to Android 11, you need to open the recent apps screen (app overview or multitasking screen). In the lower left corner you will find the Screenshot option.
Launch the app you want to screenshot and open the recent apps screen. Press the screenshot option. A preview of the screenshot will appear when you take it. You can directly share or edit the screenshot before sharing or saving using the Share and Edit options available.
This method has one major drawback. You cannot take a screenshot of your home screen, app drawer, or notification panel. This method takes screenshots of only open apps.
Also, some users are unable to take screenshots using this method on their Android 11 device. Recent apps won’t see the screenshot option on their screen. For such users, we recommend changing the navigation mode from 2 buttons to Gesture navigation or 3 buttons.
To do this, open Settings on your phone. Go to System > Gestures > System navigation. Choose gesture or 3-button navigation.
Method 2: Using the Power + Volume Buttons
If you don’t like the above method, the traditional Power and volume down button combination will still work on all Android devices. Any app or home screen, app drawer, etc. Use it to take a screenshot. This method even captures the notification bar which is not visible in method 1. In case the power button is not working or not working. I don’t like using it to take screenshots, see other ways to take screenshot on Android without power button.
Method 3: Using Google Assistant
One of the superpowers of Google Assistant is taking screenshots. Launch the app you want to screenshot. Open Google Assistant by pressing the home button, gestures, or saying the ‘Ok Google’ command. When enabled, say Take screenshot or type the same. It will immediately take a screenshot. You can edit or share.
Sometimes, Google Assistant will automatically show the ‘Take a screenshot’ option on the screen when you launch it. If this happens, tap on it. If you want to change any Google Assistant settings, learn how to open Google Assistant settings.
Method 4: Using the Accessibility Menu
You can also enable the Accessibility Menu on your phone and take a screenshot using one of the buttons. When enabled, you have to swipe up using two fingers from the bottom of the screen. Power, Volume up and down, Notifications etc. A number of accessibility options will appear, such as Use the arrow button at the bottom to navigate between the pages. On the second page, you will find the Screenshot option. Tap on it to take a screenshot.
Go to Settings > Accessibility to enable the Accessibility Menu. Enable the Accessibility Menu shortcut toggle. Tap on it if you want to activate the Accessibility menu by pressing the volume buttons instead of swiping up.
Note: By enabling accessibility services, you may see some new controls in your apps that might bother you. For example, YouTube will have more button controls on the screen. So, if you see something strange on your phone, it might have happened by enabling accessibility services.
Method 5: Use Third-Party Apps
Finally, you can take help of third-party apps to take screenshots. One of my favorite apps is Screenshot Touch.
The app adds a small floating button to your screen. You have to tap the button to take a screenshot. Interestingly, the app changes the floating icon size, position, directory, image format, image quality, etc. It offers many customization options such as changing Tap the Start button in the app to activate the floating button.
You can even take a screenshot by shaking the device. It also offers a built-in screen recorder. So you get two advantages together. If you don’t like the app, check out other great screenshot apps on Android.
Although you get a built-in screen recorder in Android 11, the ability to take scrolling screenshots is still missing. If you want to take scrolling screenshots, you have to rely on a third-party app. Check out the best apps to take scrolling screenshots on Android.
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