26 March, 2012

How To Take Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy S2 with 100% Accuracy (pre-ICS)

Why another tutorial on taking screenshots on Samsung Galaxy S2?
I know, I know. You are probably asking that question right now.

There is a ton of tutorials about this out there on the internet, so why another tutorial?
The problem is, they are not comprehensive enough. They failed to address the problems that may arise when applying these steps, which I'm going to show in detail. Time to capture screenshots like a ninja master with 100% precision execution.

No rooting or additional apps required. Just a stock phone will do.

Update: The instructions below ONLY works on Galaxy S2 with Android GB (v2.3) & JB (v4.1.x). For ICS, please refer to blog comment by G5.
The Steps:
Please read through these steps ONCE before attempting them, for best results:
  1. Hold the home button, for not more than 1.5 seconds
  2. Quickly tap the power button and then release the buttons (release them or else you won't be able to take screenshots).
  3. You're done when you saw this message on screen: "Screen captured. Saved as image file."
  4. VoilĂ . Now, you can view your screenshots at Gallery->ScreenCapture.
How to take a screenshot on Samsung Galaxy S2 Android 2.3
This is what it looks like when you have perform the steps above correctly:

Screenshot of Lifehacker website on dolphin browser

One of the issues some people may face is that, they pressed the POWER button first. Thus, locking their phone before they can even press the home button to capture their screen. While with these steps that I had just outlined above, you are sure to execute it 100% of the time. Especially during those once-in-a-lifetime moments that you don't want to miss.

Here's some screenshots that I had just taken with my S2:

screenshot Andy Andrew's blog screenshot Andy Andrew's blog (zoomed)

Additional Info:
When connected to a pc, they can also be found on Computer\%Your S2 model%\Phone\ScreenCapture.
Also works on: Iphones, Samsung Exhibit II 4G, LG Optimus 2X, LG Optimus 3D, HTC Cha Cha and some other newer phones.

How well did it go for you?
Have you tried it on other phones? Did it work? If yes, please share it with the rest of us.
Have you encountered any other problems with this instructions? I like to hear from you in the comments below.
Have you encountered any other problems with taking screenshots? Let me help.

Until then, happy snapping screenshots.

Also see: 
How to Read Mobile-Unfriendly Webpages On Your Android Phone Effortlessly

Want to take amazing photos on your Android phone? -> Use Instagram. Available now on Android

Updated: 1.04.2012—Thanks to our reader, G5 for point out that the instructions above only works on Android Gingerbread 2.3.X. I'll update the post accordingly once I'd received ICS updates from my phone carrier.