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    5 best ways to take screenshots on Android 11

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    Android 11 introduces several new and interesting features like chat bubbles, notification history, multimedia controls, etc. As with every new update, even in Android 11 there is a downgrade regarding some features. So, if you are wondering how to take a screenshot on Android 11, we offer five different ways.


    With older versions of Android, it was difficult to take a screenshot. But things have improved over time. You can now easily take a screenshot, using gestures, the quick settings panel or by tapping the screen. But how do you take a screenshot on Android 11? Let's find the answer.



    Method 1: Take a screenshot from the recent apps screen

    In Android 11, Google removed the screenshot option from the power button. If you hold down the power button, you will no longer see the option to take a screenshot. This is because it is now available on the recent apps screen. Then you need to open the recent apps screen (app overview or multitasking screen) after updating your phone to Android 11. In the lower left corner, you will find the Screenshot option.

    Launch the app you want to take the screenshot of and open the recent apps screen. Hit the Screenshot option. Once taken, a preview of the screenshot will appear. You can share it directly or edit the screenshot before sharing or saving it using the available Share and Edit options.


    There is a major drawback with this method. It is not possible to take a screenshot of the home screen, app drawer or notification panel. This method only takes screenshots of open apps.

    Also, some users are unable to take a screenshot using this method on their Android 11 devices. They don't see the screenshot option on the recent apps screen. For such users, we suggest changing the navigation mode to Gesture Navigation or 3 Buttons instead of 2 Buttons.



    To do this, open Settings on your phone. Go to System> Gestures> System Navigation. Select Gesture or 3-Button Navigation.


    Method 2: Using the Power + Volume Buttons

    In case you don't like the method above, I honestly don't like it, the traditional combination of power button and volume down still works on all Android devices. Use it to take a screenshot of any app or home screen, app drawer, etc. This method also captures the notification bar, which is not displayed in method 1.

    Method 3: using the Google Assistant

    One of the superpowers of Google Assistant is taking a screenshot. Launch the app where you want to take a screenshot. Open the Google Assistant by pressing the Home button, gestures or by saying the command “Ok Google”. When it's active, say Take a screenshot or write it down. A screenshot will be taken immediately. You can edit or share it. Sometimes, the Google Assistant automatically shows the “Take a screenshot” option on the screen when you start it. Touch it if you see it.

    Method 4: using the accessibility menu

    You can also enable the Accessibility menu on your phone and take a screenshot using one of the buttons. Once activated, you need to swipe up using two fingers from the bottom of the screen. A series of accessibility options will appear, such as Power, Volume up and down, Notifications, etc. Use the down arrow button to scroll through the pages. On the second page you will find the Screenshot option. Tap it to take a screenshot.



    To enable the Accessibility menu, go to Settings> Accessibility. Enable the switch to link to the Accessibility menu. Tap it if you want to activate the Accessibility menu by pressing the volume buttons instead of swiping up.


    Final report: By enabling accessibility services, you may see some new controls in your apps that may bother you. For example, YouTube will have more control buttons on the screen. So, if you see something weird on your phone, it might have happened by enabling accessibility services.


    Method 5: using third party apps

    Finally, you can accept the help of third party apps to take a screenshot. One of the apps I like is Screenshot Touch. The app adds a small floating button to the screen. You need to tap the button to take a screenshot.

    Interestingly, the app offers a lot of customization options, such as changing the size, location, directory, image format, image quality, etc. Mobile icon. Tap the Start button in the app to enable the floating button.

    You can also take a screenshot by simply shaking the device. It also offers an integrated screen recorder. So you get two benefits in one.


    Conclusion

    Even if you have a screen recorder built into Android 11, the ability to take scrolling screenshots is still missing. If you want to take scrolling screenshots, you have to rely on a third party app.

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