How to Take Faster Screenshots on the PlayStation 4

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When you’re caught up in your favorite game—you know, the one that you can play over and over again, and still love every second of it—and something amazing happens, you want to capture it as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, the PlayStation 4’s default screenshot setting is slow. Here’s how to fix it.

The default action for taking a screenshot on the PS4 (or PS4 Pro) is to long-press the Share button on the controller—since a regular tap will just open the share menu. There’s a setting called “Easy Screenshots” that flips these roles, making a quick tap grab a screenshot and reserving the share menu for a long-press action. It really just makes more sense this way.

To enable Easy Screenshots, head into your PS4’s Settings menu. Scroll over to the luggage-looking icon, then click on it.

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From here, scroll down to “Sharing and Broadcasts,” and enter this menu.

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Alternatively, you can also press the Share button to open the Share dialog, then scroll down to “Sharing and Broadcast Settings.” Either way you’ll end up in the same place.

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The top option in this menu, “Share Button Control Type,” houses the screenshot settings we’re looking for. Click to jump in.

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Highlight “Easy Screenshots” and tap X.

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That’s pretty much it! From this point froward, you’ll be able to instantly grab a screenshot by tapping the Share button, which is actually a much bigger deal than it sounds like for anyone who takes a lot of screenshots.

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Cameron Summerson is a die-hard Android fan, Chicago Bulls fanatic, metalhead, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at HTG, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, spinning legs on the bike, chugging away on the 6-string, or being disappointed in the Bulls.