Every now and then it’s handy to be able to capture a picture of what’s shown on your tablet. This isn’t as simple as pressing the “PrtScr” button, but it’s still easy to do if you know the tricks.
To capture the exact contents of an iPad’s display, push the Power and Home buttons down simultaneously. It’s not necessary to hold them; just a quick push.. There’ll be a “ka-click” sound, similar to what an old-fashioned camera used to make.
This will save a screenshot in the Camera Roll of the Images app where it can be accessed by a wide variety of other apps – it can be emailed, or brought into an image editor, for example.
This works on the iPad Air 2 going back to the very first Apple tablet, including all iPad mini versions. It also works on the iPhone.
On the flagship Android devices, taking a screenshot simply requires pushing to Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time. It may be necessary to hold them for a second or two. A “Dink” sound will play, and an animation of the screenshot being created and then zooming up and to the left will appear.
This method works on the Nexus 9 and any Nexus 7 tablet. It also works on Nexus phones, but not on all Android devices – some companies go with different methods. Samsung users should press the Power and Home keys at the same time, for example.
Capturing what’s displayed on a Surface requires pressing the Windows buttons and the Volume Down button simultaneously. The screen will dim for a second as the only indication of success, and the image will be saved in the Pictures / Screenshot folder as a PNG.