Your Google Pixel™ gives you plenty of options for taking the perfect screenshot—whether you're saving your favorite recipe or a message from a friend.
At Asurion, we're here to help you with your tech, from improving your phone's battery life to keeping your phone's software up to date. Here are our tips on how to create screenshots on a Google Pixel.
Take a screenshot using the hardware buttons
The most common way to take a Google Pixel screenshot is with the buttons on your phone. Here's how:
- While on the screen you want to capture, press the Power button and Volume Down button at the same time.
- Your phone will take a picture of the screen and save it.
Take a screenshot using on-screen navigation
There are other ways to take a screenshot on your Google Pixel as well. They include:
- Gesture navigation.
- 3-button navigation.
- 2-button navigation (for Pixel™ 3, 3 XL, 3a, and 3a XL).
You can use your phone's current set up or opt to change the navigation in Settings > System > Gestures > System navigation.
Screenshot using gesture navigation
- Swipe up and hold from the bottom of the screen.
- Your open apps should appear in a carousel on-screen. Here you can swipe to the app you'd like to capture and tap Screenshot in the lower-left corner. A preview photo will appear at the bottom-left of the screen.
Screenshot with 3-button navigation
- Tap the Overview button (the square icon) in your navigation bar.
- Swipe over to the app that you wish to capture and tap Screenshot.
Screenshot with 2-button navigation
- Press the Power button.
- Tap Screenshot.
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Take a screenshot with Google Assistant
Did you know you can use Google Assistant™ to take screenshots with your voice? Cool, right? Here's how it works:
- From the page you want to screenshot, press and hold the Home button (the circle at the bottom of the screen), to turn on the Google Assistant. If you're just setting it up, make sure to turn on the "use screen context" function.
- Tap the microphone icon and say "take a screenshot."
Your Pixel might even have “Ok, Google" enabled. This makes it even easier to take a screenshot from any page, hands-free. To use “Ok, Google":
- Say “OK, Google."
- When ready, say “take a screenshot."
How to take a Scrolling Screenshot
Have you ended up having to take multiple screenshots because there's a huge ad you can't get around? Or maybe that new recipe is a really long one?
If your Pixel is running Android™ 12 and later, you can use Scrolling Screenshot to take extended screenshots of pages that allow you to scroll. You can even crop out what you don't need and stitch the image back together with what you do.
To take a Scrolling Screenshot:
- Open the screen that you want to capture, then press the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time.
- At the bottom, tap Capture more.
- Use the crop tool to select the content you want to capture.
How to access your Screenshots
When you're satisfied with the images, you can find them just as easily.
- Open Google® Photos (from the home screen or app folder).
- Tap Library > Screenshots.
To share a screenshot, tap Share.
To edit a screenshot, tap Edit.
Google makes viewing, editing, and sharing screenshots possible from more than just your Pixel. All your content is automatically synced to your Google account along with the rest of your photos.
How to translate your screenshots
- Found a menu online but realize it's in another language? Translate it directly from the screenshot. Head to the website or app you want to translate and take a screenshot.
- Open the Google Photos app.
- Select the screenshot you want to translate.
- Tap Lens (the icon that looks like a camera lens) > Translate.
How to record your screen
If you ever need to record what you're seeing on your screen—say need help from an expert, for instance—just follow these simple steps:
- Swipe down twice from the top of your screen.
- Swipe right to find and then tap the Screen record tile. If the tile is not there, tap Edit and drag Screen record to your Quick Settings.
- Choose what you want to record, and tap Start. The recording begins after the countdown.
- To stop recording, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap Stop in the Screen recorder notification.
Once you have the screen recording, it'll be saved to your photos. Tap Photos app > Library > Movies to find your screen recordings.