This quick guide explains how to take a screenshot on Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. New owners will have lots of questions, and one of them is always how to take a screenshot. Read on for the quick and simple steps you need to take.
There are several different reasons for taking a screenshot, which is essentially capturing whatever is on the screen and saving it as an image. Then, you can edit and share it wherever you want.
You can capture what’s on the screen using a simple button combination. This is the same method we’ve seen on most Android devices, including the original Pixel. Someone coming from the iPhone or those who’ve used other Android smartphones will feel right at home. Some call this a screenshot, screen grab, or screen capture. It’s all the same thing.
How to Take a Screenshot on the Pixel 2
If you want to take a screenshot of something important in an email or save a photo, here’s how. All Pixel 2 owners need to do is push and hold both the power and volume down buttons at the same time. Push, hold and let go.
As long as you push both buttons down at the same time, simultaneously, it works. You will see and hear the screenshot process. The screen zooms out and displays an animation, and makes a camera shutter-type sound.
The phone instantly saves whatever is on the screen. Now, you can access this from the notification pulldown bar with instant options to share or edit the photo. Or, head into Google Photos to browse all of your screenshots, or to further edit a capture.
It’s not the easiest process to do with one hand, and we recommend using two so you don’t drop the Pixel 2. If these steps don’t work just 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.
Now you know how to capture screenshots on Google’s new phones. While you’re here, consider getting a Google Pixel 2 XL screen protector from our roundup.