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How to: Take Screenshots with the DROID X

This guide is almost exactly the same as our guide for taking screenshots on your Droid 1 without rooting, but wanted to make sure all of the new Droid X owners out there knew the process.

The tutorial we’ll walk through will first of all help you install the Android SDK which enables you to perform all kinds of fun without being rooted.  The most most important though, might be the ability to take shots of your beautiful home screens.

Follow the entire process after the jump!


1.  First thing we need to do is download both the Android SDK which is compatible with your operating system and the Java SDK.

2.  Once they have finished downloading, go ahead and install the Java SDK.

3.  Then unzip the Android SDK into a folder you will remember later.

4.  While those steps are finishing up, go into your Droid app settings and check the box for “USB Debugging.”  (Settings>Applications>Development>USB Debugging)

5.  Head back to the folder where you unzipped the Android SDK, look for the “SDKSetup.exe” and run it.

6.  When the setup opens, you will be prompted with “Choose packages to install” at which point you can choose which APIs and other software you want to install.  The most important package you need to install is likely at the bottom and should be titled “USB driver package.”  Make sure to “accept” that.  At this point you can also start unselecting unwanted packages, but should probably keep the 2.2, 2.1 and 2.0.1 APIs.

7.  Click “install” and allow for whichever APIs you’ve selected and the USB driver to download and install.

8.  Once everything has finished, go ahead and connect your Droid to your PC via USB cable.

9.  If for some reason your Droid is not recognized by your computer, you now have the USB drivers ready for installation in the Android SDK folder you unzipped earlier (called usb_driver).  Please move forward with USB driver installation at this time if you need to.  The rest of you can go forward to step 10.

In Windows, click start, right click on “My Computer” and choose “Manage.”  Choose “Device Manager” and you should see your Droid X listed.  If there is a question mark over it, right click on it and choose “Update Driver.”  Navigate to the location of the USB driver you downloaded with the SDK.  Choose the folder it’s located in and select OK.  If for some reason that USB driver doesn’t work, try this one.

10.  In your Android SDK folder, open the folder titled “tools” and look for “ddms.bat”.

11.  Open “ddms.bat” and wait for your phone to connect.  You’ll know it’s connected when the “Log” starts becoming populated with info. Clicking on the listed device under “Name” will also connect you.

12.  On your Droid X, navigate to whichever screen you wish to take a screen shot of.

13.  Choose “Device” and “Screen Capture” in DDMS.

13.  DDMS will take a screen shot and let you preview it.

14.  Click “Save” or any other option you wish and you have officially taken your first screen shot!  BAM!

And feel free to share any of your fabulous screenies.  I’d love to see how everyone rolls with a screen shot of your desktops.  Enjoy!

  • The Barry Law Group

    So since most of you are buying devices that run one of these two versions of Android, let’s talk about how you can take screenshots and them …

  • JOE


  • Nya

    Aint nobody got time for that…

  • Yourmom
  • NateLover

    Do you have to do this every time to take a screen shot?

  • Swttlkr2003

    Thank God for the IPhone………

  • Anzaborego

    Thank you so much for describing what to look for if things don’t work at first. Cheers!

  • Bernicednl

    Its actually really easy! Just a lot of words here in the way! LOL! 

  • Faggyourmother

    you know i have downloaded all the files mentioned…nothing works…there are ALWAYS missing files from the places mentioned to download from…faulty…ill do it my own way…

  • Anonymous

    Try a simple way: I found an app called “Screen Capture Shortcut Donate”. Got it from the Market and works like a dream.  Another easy way that works on my Fascinate is to hold the back button down for 2 seconds then press the power button…click, you have your screenshot!
    ~ Fascinate Galaxy S – unrooted ~

  • tristan1749

    I’ve got a video on this that might help, at freewifiphonecalls.com. It’s really not that hard. Worked for me the first time. You just have to make sure you have the right Java for your system and follow the steps. I also use HTC Sync to sync my phone with my pc. 

  • whit


    •  Because this is for people with no permissions on their phone.  Its a lot easier to do anything when you have the proper permissions (aka root).

  • ccino

    that’s ridiculous. why can’t you just press two buttons at once like with the iphone/ipod? lame.

  • Gsparesa

    Short 30 minute bike ride through Coyote Hills (SFO) while in AFib. For those that don’t know, AFib sucks the life out of you.

  • Gsparesa

    For Linux (Ubuntu) users this procedure is vague but usable. Usable only if you know your way around the Linux OS. I have accomplished the articles goal using my limited knowledge of Linux. I am an Afib patient. It has been really cool taking DroidX screen shots of my heart rate charts that I captured from CardioTrainer. Props to the the author, Kellex, for sharing this article with us. I would never have otherwise guessed to exploit the DroidX debug capabilities together with the Dalvik Debug Monitor to capture screen shoots. I use the heart rate charts in my heart journal which I forward to my cardiologist during our visits.

  • Gahleexholly

    ok, so how can you take screen shots by just using your phone??