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How to take Scrolling Screenshots on your Android smartphone

The screenshot feature is one we have all used at one point or the other. And while static screenshot is the commonest, there are times we would love to take scrolling screenshots on your android smartphone. Here in this article, we have a detailed guide on how to take scrolling screenshots on your android smartphone.

What is a scrolling screenshot?

A screenshot (a.k.a screengrab or screen capture) is a feature in android that lets users on the platform take a digital image that shows or carries the contents of a phone display. Now you know what a screenshot is, a scrolling screenshot is the same as the normal screenshot feature the only difference between the both of them is that when taking a scrolling screenshot, you can capture much more content at a go when compared to taking screenshots.

Everyone who has been using a smartphone for a very long time should know about screenshots. The Android feature helps us take pictures of our screen we’d love to save. Despite being a really cool feature, sometimes we may want to take screenshots of a long webpage and for that, you’ll be required to take multiple screenshots just to capture everything you need.

If you are familiar with this feature I’m sure you must have come across this disadvantage once or twice maybe more, throughout the course of using this feature (screenshot feature) on your device. What if I told you that there was a way to go about it, where you don’t have to take multiple screenshots? That one screenshot is enough to capture all the contents you need on a webpage? Well, there is a way to actually go about it and it’s called scrolling screenshots (scroll shots). In today’s guide, I’ll be teaching you how to take scrolling screenshots on your android smartphone.

How to Take Scrolling Screenshots on Your Android Smartphone

Sadly, you won’t be able to perform this feature on devices running on stock android. Devices like Motorola, Nokia, Sony, etc. If you own such a device, don’t feel discouraged because there is a way to go about it and I’ll be introducing that method to you in this blog post. Asides from the stock android devices, I’ll also be teaching you how to take scrolling screenshots on devices running on Android 12 and popular android brands like Xiaomi, Samsung, Oppo, Realme, Huawei, and LG.

How to Take Scrolling Screenshots on Your Android Smartphone (The Stock Android Method)

As earlier stated, you won’t be able to natively take scrolling screenshots on devices running on Google’s stock android version 11 or lower. With such devices, you’ll have to employ the use of a third-party app. If you should search the net for third-party apps that can let you perform this feature on your native Android device, I’m sure the results will be much and this can be confusing at times not knowing which one is best for you.

In this guide, I’ll be making use of LongShot because this particular third-party app is loved and used by Android users more often when compared to other third-party apps.

To learn how to take scrolling screenshots on your android smartphone running on stock android version 11 or lower, follow the set of instructions outlined below:

  1. Go to Google Play Store and Download LongShot.
  2. Install the app.
  3. Grant all the necessary permission on the app to enable it to work properly.
  4. Under LongShot Settings, ensure that you enable the Auto Scroll feature by checking the box next to it.
  5. Once you do that, the app will present you with additional permissions. Grant all the permissions.
  6. Once you are done with all the permissions needed for it to function properly, open the app.
  7. Tap on the blue camera icon beside Capture Screenshot.
  8. Another prompt should pop up requesting that you tap start now. Once you do this, open the app you’d like to capture the information contained within using the scrolling feature.
  9. Go to the section you’d like to begin the scrolling screenshot from and tap on the Start

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Once you have gotten to this point, the app will start taking the scrolling screenshot and will continue that way until it gets to the bottom of the page. At the bottom, you can now save your image and also make edits to the image before saving.

If you follow the steps outlined above diligently, you should now know how to take scrolling screenshots on your android smartphone (stock android).

How to Take Scrolling Screenshots on Your Android Smartphone (Android 12)

At long last, Google has decided to add the scrolling screenshot feature on Android 12. What this means is that after the final release of the Android 12 which should be around September or October,  stock Android 12 smartphone users will be able to perform the scrolling screenshot feature directly from the device without the need for a third-party app. If you are already in on the beta testing program, follow the set of instructions outlined below to learn how to take scrolling screenshots on your Android smartphone.

  1. Open the app you’d like to take a scrolling screenshot from.
  2. Go to the section you’d like to capture.
  3. Hold down the power button and the volume down button together.
  4. On the lower-left corner of your screen, a preview should now appear of the scrolling screenshot with buttons that’ll let you Share, Edit, and Capture More. Click on Capture More.

At this point, the top and bottom of the screen will be captured. Interestingly, this feature on Android 12 comes with a magnifying glass that allows you to take a more precise cut and also gives you a better view of the content.

When you are satisfied with the scrolling screenshot captured, tap on the Save button. You can also share the capture and also edit (add text and annotations) before saving or sharing.

Note: the steps outlined above can be carried out on the beta version of the Android 12 and may be subject to change before the final release of the Android 12 in September. You’ll be able to take scrolling screenshots of apps but won’t be able to do the same for content on a webpage.

How to Take Scrolling Screenshots on Your Android Smartphone (Xiaomi Devices)

Taking scrolling screenshots on Xiaomi devices isn’t so difficult. If you own a Xiaomi device, follow the set of instructions outlined below to learn how to take scrolling screenshots on your Android smartphone.

  1. Open the app you’d like to take a scrolling screenshot from.
  2. Go to the section you’d like to capture.
  3. Hold down the Power button and the Volume Down
  4. You should find a Scroll option at the top right corner of the screen, below the preview box. Once you find it, click on it.

The scrolling screenshot will now be taken. You can stop anywhere on the page, once it has covered all the content you needed the shot for.

Once you follow the steps correctly you will not have issues taking scrolling screenshots on your Xiaomi Android device.

How to Take Scrolling Screenshots on Your Android Smartphone (Samsung Devices)

Even though it’s possible to take scrolling screenshots on Samsung devices, you’ll have to do that manually. What this means is that the auto-scroll feature is not available on Samsung devices.

  1. Open the app you’d like to take a scrolling screenshot from.
  2. Go to the section you’d like to capture.
  3. Hold down the Volume Down button and the Power button together until a screenshot is taken.
  4. After capturing the screenshot, tap on scroll capture found on the bottom left corner of the screen.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you get to the bottom of the page or you can also stop anywhere that’s convenient for you.

How to Take Scrolling Screenshots on Your Android Smartphone (Oppo & Realme Devices)

If you own an Oppo or a Realme device and you’d like to also learn how to take scrolling screenshots on your Android smartphone, follow the set of instructions outlined below:

  1. Open the app you’d like to take a scrolling screenshot from.
  2. Go to the section you’d like to capture.
  3. Hold down the Power button and the Volume Down
  4. Once a preview of the screenshot appears, tap on the arrow button under it.
  5. You can let it run to the bottom of the page or tap on Stop once you are satisfied with the content captured.

How to Take Scrolling Screenshots on Your Android Smartphone (Huawei Devices)

To learn how to take scrolling screenshots on your Huawei Andriod smartphone, follow the set of instructions outlined below:

  1. Open the app you’d like to take a scrolling screenshot from.
  2. Go to the section you’d like to capture.
  3. Hold down the Power button and the Volume Down button until an animation appears indicating that the image has been successfully captured.
  4. Ensure to tap on the Scrollshot option before the animation disappears.
  5. Once you tap on the Scrollshot button, your device will auto-scroll and at the same time add the new contents to the already captured screenshot until it reaches the bottom of the page or you tap on Stop.
  6. When you are done, the scroll shot will appear on your screen with options to Share, Edit, or Delete the image.

How to Take Scrolling Screenshots on Your Android Smartphone (LG Devices)

If you own an LG smartphone, and you’d like to be able to perform the scrolling screenshot feature on your device, follow the set of instructions outlined below:

  1. Open the webpage or app of your choice.
  2. Slide down the notifications bar and tap on Capture+.
  3. Go back to the webpage or app and tap on Extended found at the lower right corner of the screen.
  4. Your screen will begin to auto-scroll, which indicates that the scrolling screenshot has begun. At this point, you can decide to capture the whole page or tap on Stop when you are satisfied with the content obtained.
  5. Finally, to save your Scrollshot, tap on the tick found at the top left corner of the screen and afterward select the location where you’d like it to be saved.

Conclusion

At this point, you now know how to take scrolling screenshots on your Android smartphone. If your android was not mentioned amongst the list of focused devices, you can also opt for using the LongShot app on your device as you’ll still obtain the same results.

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