Pixel 3 – How to Screenshot

Posted by Arch on December 28, 2018

There are various reasons why you may want to take a screenshot of your phone. Since smartphones have become more and more complex, bugs have become increasingly frustrating too. Capturing photos of error messages allows you to show tech support exactly what the problem is instead of trying to explain it to them over the phone. You may also want to take screenshots of funny quotes and web pages that you want to share with your friends.

Whatever the reason may be, the Pixel 3 does a good job of taking high-quality snapshots of the screen. Here are the two ways in which you can take screenshots with your Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL.

Side Buttons

Taking a screenshot on the Pixel 3 hasn’t changed much from previous iterations of the phone. In fact, the steps are the same. The changes mostly involve the picture quality and a few extra editing features. Here’s what you need to do to take a screenshot of your Pixel 3 smartphone.

1. Select a Page

Go to whatever page, photo, folder, or app you want a screenshot of.

2. Press the Power Button and the Volume Down Button

Keep pressing on both of them at the same time. It should take no more than 2-3 seconds for the device to take a screenshot of your screen. A flicker will notify you when the task is complete.

Side Menu

Another way to take a screenshot is by using the Side Menu.

1. Hold Down the Power Button

This opens up the side menu on the right.

2. Tap on the Screenshot Button

This is the last icon in the list. Tap once on it and wait for the phone to snap a photo of the screen.

Although both methods work just fine, using the Power and Volume Down button combination allows you to see the full picture before snapping a screenshot.

It may be a lot more useful when trying to screenshot while recording a video. It is also useful if you get an error or your touchscreen becomes faulty. The side buttons shouldn’t be affected.

After you’re done taking a screenshot, a notification will pop up. If you tap on it, you’ll be able to view the screenshot and choose whether you want to share or delete it on the spot. You can also do nothing. If you simply dismiss the notification, the Pixel will just save the picture and store it in its designated folder.

Where Are All the Screenshots?

You can’t access the screenshots by using a shortcut. Here’s how you can go about finding and browsing your screenshots.

  1. Go to the Home Screen
  2. Tap the Photos App (It has a pinwheel logo which is easy to spot)
  3. Tap Menu (Represented by an icon with three stacked horizontal lines)
  4. Tap Device Folders
  5. Browse Until You Find Screenshots
  6. Tap to Open
  7. Tap Share (Optional)

If you want to share a screenshot quickly, tap on one to select it and then tap on the Share button, denoted by three dots.

Final Thought

A decade ago, you had to walk into a service to fix your phone. These days, you can just take a screenshot of the error and either send it to the manufacturer or to your carrier in order to ask for assistance. Of course, you can also use screenshots to capture something from your camera or certain text conversations that you want to save.

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