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How to: Take Screenshots on Samsung Galaxy Tab Without Rooting

While we are glad that we could introduce the Android world to the new z4root app from XDA Forums and the fact that it would work on your Galaxy Tab, we know that rooting isn’t for everyone.  So for those of you still looking to do some “root” activities like taking screenshots, there are some tricks which you should know about.  The Samsung Galaxy Tab actually has the ability built in, even without having the Android SDK installed and it’s super simple.  

To do it, simply press on the “Back” softkey and click in the “Power/Lock” button at the same time.  If done correctly, your Tab will snap a shot and let you know just like in the image up top.  Sweet right?  You can pretty much do this from anywhere on your device.

But where did the screen shot go?  Into a folder on your SD card called “ScreenCapture.”  All you need to do is open up the “My Files” app that comes preinstalled and you should see it right away.  Open that folder and enjoy!

Via:  Android Community

  • wency777

    Help! Everytime I press and hold the back button, it goes back to the previous page. So it doesn’t allow me to do a screen capture.

  • Thanks!  I had done this accidentally and was wondering how I did it.  🙂

  • I tried it, it works… i think sometimes its hard to capture the screen you want

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  • Fine app for Samsung thanks for the tip I am already experimenting in my Galaxy Tablet and perfect
    a work in very nice.

  • Fine app for Samsung thanks for the tip I am already experimenting in my Galaxy Tablet and perfect
    a work in very nice.

  • Anonymous
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  • This is cool, but kinda tricky to pull off when pushing back actually causes something to happen… like it is in the app I'm using.

  • r0landct

    Off Topic
    I Like the color scheme on this theme, the green, grey, white. Something I might actually try out. I'd rock an iphone before that pink theme to be honest. I'm not anti-pink just anti-fugly (which I know is just my opinion, but this is the comments section, right?). On a side note I have to say despite the website color scheme I now check here more than any other dedicated Android source.

  • guest

    anyone have a link to this wallpaper?

    • Yea, pick it up in the market. Droid Life Wallpapers 🙂

  • they really should have this for gingerbread

  • 1rdude

    Thats very Usefull there

    • ohshaith55

      spam much?

  • noob

    Off topic but how do I unroot my OG droid and make everything the way it should be so I can go to verizon and get a new one ?

  • is this Tablet-Life now?

  • Mrbasicshark

    hmm…does this work for the samsung fascinate to?

    • Schilkyl

      Try it?

  • Nick

    Like this if you tried this on a device that isn't a Samsung Galaxy Tab; first?

    • kellex

      Hah classic.

    • BigFonz

      I just tried it on my Droid.

  • Unexpected62

    why isn't this built into all android? very nice.

    • kellex

      Good question. I have always heard “security risk” which leads me to think that this option will be taken away soon with an update.

      • Let's hope that someday all devices will have this functionality without the needs to raise flags about security..

        I mean, damn, I hate how I envy how easy it is on my iPod touch.

      • Unexpected62

        Security in what way Kellex? Screens of private information?