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How to Take a Screenshot on Pixel 6?

June 13, 2021

The new Pixel 6 by Google hasn’t even come out yet and people are already digging for any and every information possible about the phone. As there are many exciting news, leaks, and rumors circling around the internet, we can more or less predict how the new Pixel will look and how powerful it will be.

There will be many upgrades on both hardware and software parts, and the Pixel 6 is expected to be right on top of the best smartphones when it comes out. No wonder people are Googling so many questions about it!

One of those questions that caught our eye is “How to take a screenshot on Pixel 6?”

While many improvements and changes will occur, one thing is for sure – Google will keep Android as Pixel’s operating system, and all the basic Android functions as well. In addition, the Pixel 6 case has leaked, and the buttons remain the same, therefore we can expect that Pixel 6 will take screenshots just the same way the Pixel 5 did.

In case you are not familiar with this way, let’s take a look.

How to take a screenshot on Pixel 6?

The two-key combination

This first way is how 99% of people will always take a screenshot, and it's a two-key combination. You want to press and hold the Power button and Volume down button. Just press and hold until you see your phone take a screenshot.

Of course, right from here, you can share it or you can even edit as well. Naturally, you don't have to edit as soon as you take a screenshot, you can always save it and then go back into your Photo gallery and then edit from there as well.

The screenshots are going to be saved directly into your Photo gallery. Tap on Library and just look for a folder called ‘Screenshots’. Tap on ‘Screenshots’ and here you can see all the screenshots that you’ve taken.

Recent apps tab menu screenshot

The other way to take a screenshot is when you open an app or web page, and instead of using the two-button method previously described, you can also go into your ‘Recent apps’ menu (go to the very bottom of the screen and just slide up about third away and let go). The list of all the apps that are running in the background will pop up, and below each tab, there will be a screenshot option to tap on.

It's just going to take a screenshot of the app page, not the entire screen. Of course, you can share it, you can edit it right from here, or you can just go ahead and let it go the way it is. The photo will be once again saved directly into your Photo gallery, in the Screenshots folder.

Don’t get it confused with other Android devices

Depending on your device, a different key combination will take a screenshot.

As an Android user, you already know that not every Android device is the same as the next one. Therefore, it is not always obvious which combination of buttons is needed to take a screenshot. The process may differ slightly between, say, the Samsung Galaxy Note, Moto X Pure Edition, or Google Pixel. The key difference lies in where and if the Home button is located on that Android device.

How to capture a screen on any Android device

Older method

Look at your smartphone or tablet. Is there a hardware (physical) Home button like with the older versions of Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel devices?

The Home button will be located on the bottom cover of the device and can be duplicated as a fingerprint reader. In this case, press the Home button and the Power/Lock button at the same time for a few seconds. The Power/Lock button is usually at the top or top right of the device.

Newer method

If your device is much newer and does not have a Home hardware button (replaced with a software key), press the Power/Lock and Volume Down keys at the same time (the method Pixel 6 will be using).

This can be a little awkward, as these keys are all typically on the right side of the smartphone; it may take several attempts to do this correctly. Instead, you can finish adjusting the volume or locking the device. This is the same process you use to capture screens on Google Nexus smartphones and tablets.

Some devices take screenshots using movements and gestures

Some devices offer an alternative method of capturing screen images using their movement and gesture features. First, go to Settings and select "movements and gestures," then enable "palm drag” or “three-finger swipe” to take a screenshot. Then, when you want to take a screenshot, you can simply drag the palm of your hand from left to right or from right to left; or swipe your three fingers from top to bottom.

You just have to be careful not to accidentally communicate with the screen, which is pretty easy to do. For example, when we tried to launch the Google Maps screen, we accidentally pulled out unread notifications and caught them instead. Practice makes perfect.

Where to find your screenshots

Regardless of the device, when you take a screenshot, you can find the most recently recorded screen in the notification bar. When you delete your notifications, you'll most likely find them in the Gallery app or Google Photos in a folder called Screenshots. From there, you can share the image as a photo you took with the camera, or perform simple processing such as cropping or adding special effects.

Final words

It is highly likely that Google will introduce new methods, such as gesture and movement screenshots, to the new Pixel 6, in order to make it cooler, more modern, and competitive for the best flagship phone award. Many companies are making additional gadgets to make it even better as they foresee the potential. One such company, the i-Blades, has already made a great Pixel 6 smart case which will make the phone even more powerful.

Be that as it may, the two-button method is still the most used one with all Android smartphones, and the trend will continue still.