If you need to remember what you’re seeing on your screen, save some settings or even send 10to8 support some more information about an issue you’ve run into, you may need to take a screenshot. There are a lot of different ways to do this depending on the device you are using, so here's everything you need to know about taking a screenshot.

Taking screenshots on iPhone or iPad

If you’re using 10to8 on your Apple iPhone, then there are two ways to do this depending on whether or not you have a physical home button. If you do still have a home button, then you can take a screenshot by holding down the sleep/wake button and pressing the home button at the same time to take a screenshot. If your volume is on, you will hear the camera shutter sound and see a small "flash". 

How to take a screenshot on a new iPhonehow to take a screenshot on a iPhone with a home button

If you do not have a home screen button, such as the new iPhone 12 or the 11, to take a screenshot, you’ll need to hold down the volume button on the side and the lock button at the same time. Once again, you’ll hear a camera noise if your volume is up. 

If you’re using an iPad with Apple Pencil, you can take a screengrab with the drawing tool. You’ll need to swipe up from the bottom corner of the screen with the Apple Pencil to capture the image.

For all of these options, the screenshot will be saved to your camera roll, so you’ll then need to go there to access it.

Taking a screenshot on Android

Whereas Apple devices are all very similar, Android doesn’t share this uniformity as the software is used by a range of phone manufacturers. However, the most common ways of taking a screenshot on an Android device are either to hold down the home button and volume button (if your phone has a home button), or holding down the power and volume buttons if it does not. 

How to take a screenshot on Android

Newer devices running on the Android 10 can also take a screenshot from the main menu which you can bring up by holding the power button.

Taking a screenshot on Mac

Much easier than the previous versions, taking a screenshot on Mac can be achieved by simply pressing Command+Shift+5, or by navigating to Launchpad > Other > Screenshot. This screen capture will also allow you to grab the entire screen, or part of the screen by cropping the capture window.

If you prefer a keyboard shortcut, then just hit Command+Shift+3 to capture the entire screen. If you only want part of the screen captured, use Command+Shift+4.

How to take a screenshot on Mac

Once you’ve taken the screenshot, click the right mouse button to either save it or open it in a new window. Plus, if you prefer to save an image to the clipboard instantly, add Control to any of the keyboard shortcuts mentioned above.

Taking a screenshot on Windows 10

The easiest and most efficient way to take a screenshot on Windows 10 is to use the Print Screen button or ‘Prt Sc’. This is located on the top right-hand corner of most keyboards. Simply tap it and it will save a capture of your entire screen straight to your clipboard - even though it will look as though nothing happened!

How to take a screenshot on Windows 10

However, if you don’t want to grab your entire window, the Windows also has a built-in tool which will allow you to take a more concise screenshot. The best and easiest one by far is the Snipping Tool, which can be found in the start menu. You just grab the section you want by dragging the rectangle to encompass it and it’s then moved to the editor where you can edit the image or save it to your desktop or desired folder.

How to use Snipping Tool to take a screenshot

Taking a screenshot on Chromebook

Many Chromebooks also have the Snipping Tool in their start menu, so you may also be able to use this handy tool to grab a capture on your Chromebook. 

But as well as built-in tools, you can also take a screenshot on a Chromebook by using the laptop's Window Switch Key. This button is located at the top of the keyboard and looks like the image below.

How to take a screenshot on Chromebook

Just select Ctrl+Window Switch Key to take a full-screen snapshot. Your Chromebook will then give you a notification on the lower right-hand side of the screen. If you’d only like a section of the screen and not the entire capture, you can hit Ctrl+Shift+Window Switcher.

However, if your Chromebook has a standard keyboard as opposed to a Chromebook keyboard, you won't see a Window Switcher button. Instead, you'll need to Ctrl+F5 and Ctrl+Shift+F5 instead. You may also be able to find a Print Screen button, so have a look for this too.

Lastly, if you’re able to use your Chromebook in tablet mode, you can take screenshots without the use of the keyboard. Similarly to the iPad, you can use the power and volume down buttons to snap a picture of the entire screen.

External tools for taking a screenshot

If you’d prefer to use an external tool to capture a screenshot, then there are also plenty of options online. Here are a few ideas:

  • Lightshot if by far the most popular, plus it’s free. You can use it on Mac and Windows and can be added to Chrome and Firefox as an extension.

  • Page Screenshot is a paid ($2.99) extension for Safari users that you can purchase from the App Store. You can capture the full length of a page or just a specific section.

  • Awesome Screenshot is another free tool with extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge. The benefit of using this tool is that it will instantly blur out bits that you may not want to share.