How To Take a Screenshot on an iPad, Google Nexus, or Microsoft Surface

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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.

Take an iPad Screenshot


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.

Google Nexus

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.

Screenshot on a Google NexusThe image is automatically saved as a PNG in the Pictures / Screenshots folder, where it is accessible to any app that can work with images.

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.

Microsoft Surface

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.

Screenshot on a Microsoft Surface
Those who have one of Microsoft’s optional add-on keyboards for their tablet can perform this same operation by holding down the Windows and Fn keys and then hitting the Space Bar.

This is the way screenshots are taken on any Microsoft-branded tablet: whether it be a Surface Pro 3, the Surface 3, or any earlier model.



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