Screen capture on the Android Samsung Galaxy S2 Smartphone

Occasionally it’s useful to have the ability to take a screen grab of whatever is on the screen on your smartphone. For example, if you wanted to do a screen print to send to someone else.

I’ve seen plenty of apps listed in the Android Marketplace which either cost money or require that you Root your phone (a process which allows techies to delve deeper with the phone’s internal workings) before they will work.

On the Samsung Galaxy S2 phone running completely standard Android Gingerbread 2.3 it’s actually very easy.

Simply hold down the Home button on the front of the phone and quickly press the Power on/off button on the side of the phone simultaneously.  The phone should make a camera shutter noise or vibrate depending on your settings and hey presto, it will have taken a snapshot of whatever was on the screen.

The snapshot photo will be stored in a folder called ScreenCapture that you can find in My Files.  All you need to do once you’ve taken the screen grab is to browse to this folder and you’ll see the screen captures you’ve just taken.

The screen captures will created as a jpeg image so you can then share, email or text these snapshot photos just like any other image.

It really is as simple as that. So before you Root your phone for no reason try this. No need to install anything!