Tablet devices let you capture photos and selfies but they also let you take screenshots of apps, text messages or web pages that you are browsing. If you have just picked up your first tablet, and are looking to take a screenshot of a beautiful dress that you discovered in one of your app magazines or if you want to take screenshots of a particular recipe that you want to share with your mom, but are not too sure how to go about capturing the images, this tutorial should be your guide. Since there are a number of tablets from a variety of manufacturers, we will try and cover as many as we possibly can. No matter what sort of tablet you are using, whether an iOS, Android or Windows Phone device, most often you would be making use of the hardware buttons even though some manufacturers offer motion enabled features.
How Do You Take Screenshot on an iPad
To capture a screenshot on an iPad, press the Home and Sleep/Wake or Power buttons at the same time. When the image is captured you will hear a shutter click and the screen will quickly flash. The captured images can be accessed via your Photos app or Camera Roll.
How Do You Take Screenshot on a Microsoft Surface Tablet
Whether you own a Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, or Surface Pro 3, you can hold down the capacitive Windows button on the front of your tablet and press the Volume Down button to take a screenshot. As with the iPad, the Surface tablet will also blink and dim indicating that the screenshot was captured. If you have a Surface Pen, you can double-click the top of the pen, mark up the area you want to capture and lift the pen tip to complete the capture. If you have a Type Cover hold Fn, Windows Key and tap the Space Bar to take a screenshot. You’ll find your screenshots saved in My Documents->Pictures-> Screenshots.
How Do You Take Screenshot on an Android Tablet
Taking a screenshot on an Android tablet is just as easy, but you’ll have to keep in mind that not all Android tablets run the same version of the operating system. Taking screenshots on Android devices running 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and up is rather straightforward although the process is a tad more complicated for earlier versions of Android. So let’s see how this works.
Taking Screenshots on Samsung Galaxy Tab S
If you own a Samsung Galaxy Tab S then you can take a screenshot by pressing the Power button and the Volume Down button at the same time for about a second. This can be slightly tricky as pressing on any one button before the other or pressing too long will either close the screen or reduce the volume, so a bit of trial and error is involved here. You’ll know you have succeeded when you hear a click and a flash and or see a notification on your screen that the image has been captured. If you own one of the earliest versions of the Samsung Galaxy tab, you can see how to take a screenshot here.
Using the Tablet’s Built-in Features
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S also lets you capture screenshots using Motion and Gestures. If this feature is not enabled, go to Settings. Tap Motions and Gestures. Scroll down to Hand Motion and tap Palm Swipe to Capture to enable it. Now you can take a screenshot by swiping across the screen with your palm.
Taking Screenshots on Nvidia Shield Tablet
On an Nvidia Shield tablet you can make use of Lasso Capture to take screenshots. Go to Settings and tap DirectStylus. In the Stylus Mode and Lasso Capture section, select the Quick access via navigation bar check box. Now pick up your stylus and on the navigation bar, tap Lasso Capture. Then tap Screenshot. You can choose to capture a rectangular region or a free hand region by tapping the respective options. You can also press and hold the SHIELD and VOLUME buttons together to capture a screenshot.
Taking Screenshots on Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet
Holding the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time will get you the screenshot you want on your Xperia Z3 tablet. You can also press and hold down the Power button and in the prompt window that appears, tap the button.
Taking Screenshots on Google Nexus 9
So how do you take a screenshot on a Nexus 9? You should know the answer by now; press the Power and Volume down buttons at the same time.
How Do You Screenshot on an Android Tablet Running 2.3 and Below
If your tablet is running Android 2.3 and below then the best way to take a screenshot is via an app. There are many paid apps available on Google Play although many of these require rooting, which is something not everyone is willing to try. Another problem with using apps is that there may not play nice on all Android devices. If you still wish to give it a try, you can take a look at Screenshot It (premium app), Screenshot Easy(free), Screenshot (free), and OK Screenshot.
If you know a better way to take screenshots on a tablet, let us know in the comments.