How to take a screenshot on a Google Pixel and find or view it later

How to take a screenshot on a Google Pixel and find or view it later

Although screenshots have become a common feature on most electronic devices, the methods for taking a screenshot vary greatly. As with most Android devices, Google Pixel screenshots can be taken in a number of ways, even if the device’s touch buttons don’t work.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to capture and view your screenshots on Google Pixel.

How to take a Google Pixel screenshot

1. Simultaneously press the power button and the volume down key. Both are located along the right side of the device.

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2. The phone will make a kind of click if the audio is activated.

3. A screenshot thumbnail will appear for a second or two (this is your verification that the image has been captured and archived) before you return to the screen you were viewing.

4. A small image-shaped icon will then appear at the top of the screen.

If your phone buttons are no longer fully functional, you can also take a screenshot in some alternative ways.

Screenshot from a gesture:

1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold.

2. Select the open app you want to take the screenshot of and tap the “Screenshot” icon, which looks like a small phone.

Screenshot from Overview:

1. Tap the “Overview” button in the lower right corner of the screen.

2. Select the open app you want to take the screenshot of and tap the “Screenshot” icon, which looks like a small phone.

Screenshot from the power button (on Pixel 3a and earlier):

1. Press and hold the power button on your Pixel 3a or earlier.

2. In the drop-down menu that appears at the top right, tap the “Screenshot” icon, which looks like a small phone.

Google Assistant screenshot:

1. Press and hold the Home button (it’s the circle at the bottom of the screen) or press the bottom half of the edges of the phone to turn on the Google Assistant function.

2. If you’re just configuring it, make sure you enable the “use screen context” feature (otherwise this method won’t work).

3. Click the microphone icon.

4. Say the phrase “take a screenshot”.

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5. You will then be prompted to edit or share the screenshot, and if you don’t select a sharing option (such as “upload to photo”), it will be deleted rather than stored on your device.

How to find and view a Google Pixel screenshot

Now that you have a screenshot, you’ll probably want to check it out.

You can access it by pulling down from the top of the screen and clicking anywhere on the notice that says “screenshot taken”. It will also show you a faded view in part of the screenshot.

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If you’ve already cleared the notification by swiping it on the right or left side of the screen, you can also find your screenshots in the Google Photos app. To get there, swipe up from the home screen to view your apps and select “Photos,” which has a colorful pinwheel icon on it.

From there, you’ll be shown a chronological view of your photos, including screenshots. If you are trying to find an older one, switch to the “Albums” view and select “Screenshots”. It should appear under the “photos on device” heading and will also be sorted and grouped by date.

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Since Pixel is a Google phone, all your content is automatically synced with your Google account. This means that you can access your screenshots on any device as long as you are logged in.

On a laptop, for example, go to photos.google.com and you’ll see those screenshots as well as all the rest of your photos. From there you can delete, archive and download your screenshots.

If at any time you need to go back but the main navigation bar doesn’t appear, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and click the “back” carrot.

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