Most screenshot apps only work on rooted devices. Rooting your Android smartphone or tablet, however, can void your carrier and manufacturer warranties. This article talks about three screen capture apps that were handpicked from the Google Play store. They can be downloaded for free and will work on non-rooted devices.
Take a screenshot on your Samsung Galaxy S Series by holding down the Home and Power buttons. For HTC One and the Nexus Series, make screen grabs by pressing both the Volume Down and Power buttons. If you own other Android models, then make it easy on yourself and take advantage of these three awesome screenshot apps. They don’t require you to root your Android device and get you to void both your carrier and manufacturer warranties. Plus, you can download them all for free from the Google Play store.
If you have a non-rooted device, you need to enable the screenshot functionality on your Android smartphone or tablet before you can use this app. After downloading and installing Screenshot Ultimate, open the app, choose “Settings,” and then tap “Capture methods.” Select “No capture method help.” The manual explains how to activate the required mobile device functionality through a computer. You can send the manual to your email address, so you can easily follow the steps on your computer.
The free, ad-supported version of Screenshot Ultimate is packed with features. The app lets you choose several screen capture trigger methods at a time. There are more than 16 trigger methods, which include pressing an overlay icon on top of all the screens you have opened, an in-app button, the camera’s hardware button, and the search functionality’s hardware button. After taking your screenshot, you can draw on it, add text, crop and edit the image, as well as apply digital effects such as grayscale and sepia filters. Screenshot Ultimate also allows you to email and share your screen capture on Imgur, Picasa, etc. As for that particularly telling shutter sound, the app allows you to customize it.
This free mobile app lets you take screen grabs on any screen. Like Screenshot Ultimate, NoRoot Screenshot Lite allows you to crop and draw on the screenshots. The app is equipped with a pinch zoom, a screenshot status bar, a timer for capturing delayed screenshots, and an integrated Share menu. To take a screenshot anytime, simply shake your Android device (the strength of the shake can be modified in the app settings).
The Screenshot Free app works just like No Root Screenshot Lite. Set your desired strength for shaking the device to trigger the screen capture functionality. You can also use a special widget for taking delayed screen grabs. Screenshots taken through the app can be cropped, edited with a Pencil tool, and shared on your Evernote, Facebook, and Google+ accounts.
Screenshot Free works for most non-rooted devices. If you get an error message that prevents you from taking a screenshot, turn on USB debugging on your Android device by going to “Settings,” tapping on “Applications,” and then selecting “Development.” Also, make sure that you have device-specific drivers installed on your Android smartphone or tablet. Otherwise, download them online.