How to Take a Screenshot on the Moto G

Thanks to an impressive design and wallet-friendly price the Moto G is one of the most popular and successful smartphones ever released by Motorola. With that, many owners are first time smartphone buyers with lots of questions. One of which is regarding how to take a screenshot on the Moto G.

For a low price of only $179 with no contracts required, the 5-inch Moto G offers a lot to consumers. Its design and price made it popular, and now that millions of users own one we’re getting asked lots of questions. It has a powerful quad-core processor, dual front facing speakers, runs the latest version of Android and has tons to offer.


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Sometimes the easiest way to share a funny picture, save a text message for later, or show someone something on your phone is to take a screenshot, or capture what is being shown on the display, then send it in a text or email as an image. It’s extremely useful, and very easy to do once you know how. It’s been the same on most Android devices for years, and past the break we’ll explain how.



If you’ve ever owned or used an Android device in the past few years you’ll be right at home and probably won’t even need to search how to do this. However, if you’re new to smartphones like the Moto G, an Android convert leaving the iPhone or Windows Phone, or have previously only used Samsung devices you’ll want to know how. Below are the few simple steps you’ll need to take in order to capture and save a screenshot.


For those confused. A screenshot (or screencap) is essentially our smartphones capturing and saving whatever is on the screen. This can then be edited or cropped to get exactly what you want, and comes in extremely handy for a variety of uses. Anything from sharing emails, saving pictures on social sites, and many other things.


Without taking forever to explain it, here’s how to take a screenshot on the Moto G.

All you’ll need to do is simply push and hold both the power button and the volume down key at the same time. Push both at exactly the same time, hold for a moment, and let go. It’s that easy, and you’ll hear a camera shutter-like sound and see a visual screen capture effect or animation right on that big 5.0-inch 720p HD display.



With both the power and volume buttons being on the same side you’ll likely need two hands to perform this task. That, or simply use one hand and turn the phone sideways to get a good angle to quickly long-press both buttons. Sometimes this takes a few times to perfect the timing for beginners, but it’s really easy. Once you get the timing down of tapping both at the same time you’re all set.

From here you’ll see the screen capture has been saved. It is now accessible in the notification pulldown bar to view, share, or even edit, and you can also head into the phones gallery app and find it for more sharing options, or to edit it with the editing software of your choice.

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If you try and it doesn’t work, try again. It’s all about hitting the power and volume down buttons at the same time with a brief pause, then letting go. Timing is everything, and it’s easy one you figure it out.

You’re all done and that’s all there is to it. This same method works on almost all Android smartphones and tablets that aren’t a Samsung. As they want you to hit power and the home button instead. The more you know, the better. Enjoy!