How To Take a Screenshot with Your Amazon Fire Tablet
When you’re shopping for the hottest deals in tech today, your best bet is to log onto Amazon to shop through their products. And while you can pick up the newest phones or tablets from the likes of Apple and Samsung on that platform, you may be better off picking up one of Amazon’s own Fire devices.
The full Fire line-up of products are designed to be affordable, yet quality devices perfect for streaming Netflix, listening to music, reading books from the Kindle shop, or catching up on your favorite television shows streaming online. The cheapest tablet, the Fire 7, is like a Kindle combined with an adequately-sized tablet, light enough to carry around with you while simultaneously being cheap and affordable too.
The Fire HD 8 takes things up a notch, only increasing the price by $30 but supplying a better, bigger display and dual speakers that make it ideal for watching media. And that’s before we even discuss the brand new Fire HD 10—at $150, it’s the most expensive of the bunch, but it also features a full HD display, improved the sound, and is great for kicking back and watching movies on the go.
The Fire tablets are also great for browsing the web without having to lug around a full-size laptop. You can use social media, check your email, upload photos, and so much more, all from the comfort of your bed or couch. This means there may come a time where you’ll be looking to take a screenshot while browsing through the content, whether to show online or to simply save into the cloud for access later.
The problem is that it’s not immediately clear how to take a screenshot on your Amazon Fire tablet. Don’t stress—it’s actually pretty easy to do, no matter what size device you have. This TechJunkie article will teach you how to take a screenshot on your Amazon Fire tablet.
Taking a Screenshot on Your Fire Tablet
If you’re coming primarily from an Apple iOS-only lifestyle, it may not be immediately clear how to take a screenshot of something on your phone without first having access to the home button. Sure, the brand-new iPhone X has done away with the home button, but most users don’t have access to that new device yet, which means plenty of users are still used to the old style of taking screenshots with the combination of the home button and the power key.
However, Android users will be used to a different style of taking screenshots, one that doesn’t involve using the home button that is typically not present on most Android devices. Aside from most of Samsung’s devices prior to the Galaxy S8, Android phones typically use three virtual keys along the bottom of the display for their navigation.
Amazon’s Fire tablets, which run software based off of Android, are no different, using identical virtual home keys that won’t allow you to take a screenshot. Instead, you’ll be using the physical keys on your device to take a screenshot. All modern Fire tablets place both the power button and the volume keys on the top of their devices so that they can be easily accessed in landscape mode.
On Amazon Fire tables, the power key is typically on the right side of the device, while the volume rocker is off to the left side of the device.
To take a screenshot, make sure your tablet is on the app or webpage you wish to take a screenshot of. Whatever is on your display will be automatically screen captured when you press the hotkey combination to activate a screenshot.
Using the buttons on the top of your device, press and hold the power key and the volume down button at the same time. You’ll see the screen flash, and if your sound notifications are enabled, you’ll hear a chime sound to indicate that you have successfully captured your shot.
You’ll also see a quick preview of the photo, before an animation plays pushing the photo to the top of your screen. There, you’ll now see a small notification indicating that your photo has been captured. If you swipe down from the top of the display to open the notification tray, you’ll see a notification that reads “Screenshot captured.”
At the bottom of this notification is a small “Share” icon that allows you to share the screenshot automatically. We’ll cover the sharing process in the next section.
It’s important to note that the volume buttons change their controls depending on the orientation of your tablet. The Amazon Fire line of tablets can be used in all four possible rotations, which means the button that activated volume down may change depending on your tablet’s orientation. Here’s a quick guide with the correct corresponding button:
- Normal Orientation (buttons on top of the device): Press and hold the power key and the volume button closest to the left of the device.
- Upside-down (buttons on the bottom of the device): Press and hold the power key and the volume button closest to the power key.
- Left Landscape (buttons on left of the device): Press and hold the power key and the bottom volume button closest to the bottom of the device.
- Right Landscape (buttons on the right side of the device): Press and hold the power key and the bottom volume button closest to the power key.
Editing and Sharing a Screenshot on Your Fire Tablet
Once you’ve captured your screenshot, you may want to edit or share the photo with others. Editing can mean everything from adjusting the photo to cropping out parts of the image while sharing typically means posting the content to your favorite social networks or sending the photo to a friend in an email or message.
Your Amazon Fire tablet can do both editing and sharing, though you’ll need a dedicated app to start editing your screenshots and photo selection on your device. Let’s dive into both.
Editing a Screenshot
Though your Fire Tablet comes with the Prime Photos app, you’re likely to find that the device doesn’t currently offer the ability to actually edit your photos. To do this, we’ll need to dive into the Amazon Appstore to grab a photo editor.
For our needs, Photo Studio happens to be the best selection for your tablet, since it offers the ability to add filters, crop your image, adjust the color of your photo, choose from over 200 filters, and so much more.
Either search for Photo Studio on your device or use our link above to find the app on your Amazon device. Photo Studio is a must-have for anyone looking to edit their screenshots. To use the app, open it on your Amazon Fire then accept the app user agreement.
Close out of the page that displays recent changes made in the app and dive into the app. The home display has a lot of information in it, including preset animations and a picture-in-picture camera mode. You can ignore all of that and tap on the Browse setting, then select Prime Photos. This will open all the photos on your device, including all of your screenshots. If you just to a screenshot, the first image on this list should be the screenshot you’re looking for. Tap on the photo and wait for it to load inside of the app.
From here, you’ll have most of your controls along the bottom of your tablet. There are four tabs you can use when editing your screenshots: filters and effects, fixes, cropping, and sliders. Here’s what each tab offers in detail:
- Filters and effects: Here, you’ll find the ability to add filters, frames, effects, and more. For most screenshots, you probably won’t need to use this setting, though there are a few options here that matter—mainly, text and paint. Text will allow you to add words to your screenshot, while you can use paint to circle, highlight, or hide a specific part of the image that features sensitive information, like names or phone numbers.
- Fixes: This tab allows you to change the visual effects of your device, including cloning objects.
- Cropping: As you may expect, this tab allows you to crop, cut, rotate, and resize your image. For most people, this is the tab you’ll want to use in order to properly adjust your image.
- Sliders: This tab allows you to adjust the brightness, contrast, photo temperature, saturation, and so much more on your image.
Once you’ve completed your edit, tap on the small checkmark in the bottom-right to save your final image to your tablet’s storage. This will open the Save As prompt that allows you to select how the file is saved to your device. You can choose a format, size of the image, file name, and where the file is saved on your device. You can also choose to rewrite over the original option, which is a good choice if you want to keep your screenshots together in one folder and don’t need to save the original photo. Once you’ve completed your edit, tap “Save.”
Your image will save on your device, and you’ll have an ad appear on your display. Wait a few seconds for the ad to disappear, and you’ll be able to see your edited photo, complete with the option to share your photo along the bottom of the screen.
Sharing a Screenshot on social media or through email
Of course, if you’re looking for a way to share your unedited photos, that doesn’t require any additional apps from the Amazon Appstore. You have two ways to share your screenshots from your tablet. The first is to open your notification tray and to select the share icon on the bottom of your notification. This will open a basic sharing interface that will allow you to share to system and user-installed applications.
You can email your photo, share over Facebook or Twitter, print your images using the Amazon Fire’s print service, or share the image with another device over Bluetooth.
You can also open Prime Photos on your device to view the full collection of your images you have saved, as we previewed above when adding photos to edit from the app. Select the image you want to view, then tap the share icon.
Tapping the share icon will load the same dialogue box pictured above, but within the Photos app itself, enabling you to send it to other users of the Photos app. This is useful if you accidentally swiped the notification away from your device, but still want to share your screenshot.
Where Your Screenshots are Saved on Your Amazon Fire Tablet
Finally, it’s important to note where your screenshots are saved on your device. The Amazon Fire line of tablets include an app called Documents that allows you to browse the files and folders of your device, making it easy to view your screenshots without resorting to the Amazon Prime Photos app.
This Fire Documents app will appear on your home screen when you first set up the document, and you can use it to browse your local storage, move and delete photos, browse your pictures and more.
Open the Documents app and select the top-right tab in the app, labeled Local Storage. This supplies you with a basic file browser application that allows you to view the folders and files saved on both your internal storage and any SD cards that may be inserted in the device. You’ll find your screenshots saved under the Pictures folder on your device.
Then Open that folder to view the “Screenshots” folder on your device, and you’ll find all of your screenshots saved there, sorted by date and time, and with their names corresponding to the date and time they were taken. You can then move, cut, copy, and delete these photos from inside the documents app, and they can also be directly emailed to other users.
If you plug your device into a Mac or Windows computer, you can browse your file system directly on your device, and copy images over from the tablet to your computer. You’ll be navigating the same system architecture, so select “Pictures,” then “Screenshots,” to view or copy your images to your desktop.
Though your Fire tablet is designed first and foremost as a media consumption device, there’s also a good argument to be had that the tablet is perfect for some quick productivity. Sometimes, when working on a device, you need to take a screenshot of what’s on your display for a number of reasons.
Whether you’re looking to take a screenshot of the location of an address on a map, a funny social media post that made you smile, or an email that contains some crucially important information, taking a screenshot of your device’s display is a must-know sort of trick.
Thankfully, your Amazon Fire tablet makes it easy to capture, edit, and share those images, locally and on the web. So the next time you need to save some important information, don’t just write it down on a piece of paper. Save the screenshot, and keep track of information with the push of just two buttons.
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