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How to Capture Scrolling Screenshots on Android


I am sure you use the screenshot feature on your smartphone quite often. While this feature has been around on Android and iOS devices for a really long time, the same cannot be said about the scrolling screenshot feature. With Android 12, Google has finally developed a native version of capturing scrolling screenshots. In other words, it does not matter the type or brand of Android smartphone you currently use—there is a consistent method to do so once your device has Android 12 up and running on it.

This also means that smartphones from Google and the likes of Motorola, Sony, and Nokia, all of which run stock Android, will support scrolling screenshots (if they have Android 12 running). Do take note that most smartphone vendors have managed to bake this feature on their custom Operating Systems for ages now. So, it is a fallacy to state that Android smartphones across the board cannot capture scrolling screenshots.

In this article, we will first explore how to capture scrolling screenshots on smartphones that run on stock Android. This fix will let you capture scrolling screenshots on devices made by Motorola, Nokia, and even Sony. In the second part, we take a look at the ways you can do the very same task on some of the more popular Android skins.

How to take a scrolling screenshot on Android 12 and later

Since Android 12, which was released in October 2021, Google added a native option to take scrolling screenshots. The feature works a bit differently from usual.

As with the standard screenshot capturing, certain apps can block taking screen captures, and the same will apply to scrolling screenshots. Originally, scrolling screenshots didn’t work on webpages but the restriction has since been lifted. Tabs in incognito mode or equivalents are also not available for captures.

To take a scrolling screenshot in recent Android versions simply follow these steps:

  1. Find the page of the app you want to capture.
  2. Press at the same time the Power and Volume down buttons.
  3. Select the Capture more option.
  4. Both the top and bottom of the screen to be captured can be extended, and a magnifying glass will appear to give a better view of the content, allowing you to make a more precise cut.
  5. If you are satisfied with the result, simply click the Save button.
    1. You can also share the capture right from the last page, or edit it by adding extra text and annotations.

In general, other clean Android systems, such as Asus, Sony, and Motorola, should follow similar steps.

How to capture scrolling screenshots on Android 11 or earlier versions

Android 11 features image
It’s 2022, and we are at Android 12. But still no scrolling screenshots on smartphones running stock Android! / © Google

As mentioned earlier, you can now capture scrolling screenshots natively on Android (as of Android 12). Of course, there are always third-party apps to get the job done if your smartphone has not yet been updated to Android 12.

Previously, we recommended using the Longshot app for scrolling screenshots on Android 11 but the app has since been discontinued. You can get the same feature, however, from the ScreenMaster app, available on the Google Play Store. Just remember to give the app the necessary permissions for it to work!

How to capture scrolling screenshots on Samsung phones

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G smartphone picture
While Samsung Galaxy smartphones do support long screenshots, the auto-scroll feature is still missing. / © nextpit

Surprising as it may seem, Samsung has finally offered the option to manually capture long screenshots. It somehow missed the boat when it comes to the very convenient auto-scroll feature, but thankfully that has been remedied.  

Anyway, the steps to capture scrolling screenshots on Samsung smartphones are as follows:

  1. Press the Volume down button and Power button simultaneously.
  2. Tap on the double arrow down [︾] button. 
  3. You will need to repeat the procedure until you get to the bottom of the page.
Screenshots showing how to take a scrolling screenshot on Samsung's One UI
One UI features a convenient way to take scrolling screenshots. / © nextpit

How to capture scrolling screenshots on Xiaomi phones

  1. Press the Volume Down and Power buttons.
  2. Tap on the Scroll option on the top right section, below the preview box.
  3. The screenshot will be taken automatically. Select the end of the screenshot then tap on Done.
  4. Mark, annotate, and make some adjustments to the image then save it by tapping the Checkmark ✔️ button.

How to capture scrolling screenshots on Oppo and Realme phones

  1. Hold the Volume Down and Power buttons.
  2. When the preview of the screenshot appears, click the arrow button right beneath it.
  3. Click stop when required.

How to capture scrolling screenshots on OnePlus phones

  1. Press the Volume Down and Power buttons.
  2. Choose Scroll.
  3. Swipe the screen to define the maximum height for the screenshot, then tap the Done button.

Alternatively, on recent versions of OxygenOS, you can long-press the screen with three fingers and swipe to the bottom of the display to start taking a scrolling screenshot.

How to capture scrolling screenshots on Honor and Huawei phones

The steps below work on both Huawei’s EMUI and Harmony OS, and Honor’s MagicOS interfaces.

  1. Press the Power and Volume down buttons at the same time.
  2. Choose the Scrollshot option.
  3. The display will start scrolling down, tap on the screen to stop the capture to the displayed area.

Do you frequently use the screenshot function on your Android smartphone? And have you ever felt the need for the aforementioned long screenshots? Do let us know in the comments below!

This article was last updated in April 2024 with updated steps. Older comments have been retained. 


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