Every Android device allows you to take screenshots, but what do you do after you take one? Many Android smartphones and tablets now immediately give you some options after taking a screenshot. It’s easy to make quick edits before sharing a screenshot.
Since we’re dealing with Android, there are multiple ways to not only take a screenshot but to edit it as well. Samsung Galaxy devices have several methods, and if you’re crafty, you can even add your own.
The most universal method for taking a screenshot is to press the Volume Down and Power buttons together until the screen flashes. This will work on the majority of Android phones and tablets.
So what happens next? That depends on the device manufacturer as well. We’ll show you how to quickly edit a screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy device and a Google Pixel phone.
How to Edit a Screenshot on Android
Using one of the methods available on Samsung Galaxy devices, take a screenshot. This will bring up a floating toolbar with an edit icon—tap it.
You’ll be brought to a basic image editing screen. First, grab the corners of the highlighted section to crop the screenshot.
Next, underneath the screenshot is a floating toolbar with some options. These include the option to draw, erase, undo, redo, share, and save the screenshot.
The drawing tool has a number of different pens and brushes along with colors to choose from.
Once you’re done editing, tap the down-arrow icon to save the screenshot to your phone or tablet. Samsung devices put screenshots in the gallery along with photos taken with the camera.
Google Pixel phones have two methods for taking screenshots, including the Volume Down + Power button method.
After you take the screenshot, you’ll see a preview of the image in the bottom-left corner. From here you can tap “Edit.”
This will take you to a basic photo editing screen. First, you can grab the corners to crop the screenshot.
You can also use the marker or highlighter in the bottom toolbar to draw or markup the screenshot. Each one has a few color options as well.
If you make a mistake, tap the undo or redo buttons.
When you’re done editing, tap “Done” in the top-left corner.
Then select “Save” from the pop-up message. The image will be saved to the “Screenshots” folder on your device.
That’s all there is to it for Google Pixel phones! It’s a quick and easy way to make simple edits to a screenshot.