How to Take Screenshots on Android 12

Android 12 brings one of the features most requested by mobile users – scrolling screenshots using third-party apps. However, you won’t have to use third-party apps on your Android mobile because the option is now available natively with the Android 12 update, which is gradually being rolled out by phone makers.


We’ll show you how the scrolling screenshot feature works. But first, let’s look at the phones you’ll get.

Upgrade to Android 12

To take a scrollable screenshot natively on Android, you will need to upgrade to the latest version of Android 12. If any updates are available for your device, you will see them in the system updates list in the Settings app. Install pending updates and only then you will be able to enjoy taking scrollable screenshots locally and without using any third party apps.

What can you capture with an animated screenshot

Scrolling screenshots can take extended screenshots that include all information displayed by swiping up and down on the screen. With Android 12, you can take screenshots while scrolling with most apps. However, not all support this feature. Some of the most popular apps like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google Play, Twitter, Snapchat, Gmail, WhatsApp, etc., support screenshots while scrolling.

Google Chrome browser wasn’t initially included in this list of apps when Android 12 arrived, and the browser now supports scrolling screenshots natively. However, if you prefer another browser like Firefox, you still have to wait for the functionality to become available to work properly on your mobile running Android 12 or later.

If you want to show someone all the apps on your device, you don’t have to take multiple screenshots of your app drawer to do so. You can take a scrollable screenshot of all the apps on your mobile. Similarly, you can take a scrollable screenshot of the recipe that you want to try later for offline reference. You will also be able to create long screenshots of different documents, but it depends on the application used to view them. Deciding which apps are compatible is a matter of trial and error, at least for now.

How to take an animated screenshot in Android 12

Taking screenshots on Android is very simple. You will find the necessary instructions to take an extended screenshot on your Android 12 device without the help of a third-party app or any other help.

Step 1 : Press the Power + Volume down button at the same time on your mobile to take a normal screenshot.

Step 2 : A mini screen preview window will appear from the bottom left side of the screen. There you will notice a “Capture More” button. If the app you are trying to screenshot is not compatible, this option will not be available.

How to take screenshots on Android 12

Step 3 : Enter the extended screenshot editing mode. Here you will get to view the long screenshot, which covers about 3 times the size of your screen. You can withdraw fund limits according to your needs. Android’s native swipe screenshot feature works differently from similar options we’ve seen in Android skins. For example, on OnePlus mobiles, you can scroll to the bottom of the web page.

Step 4 : If you need to add some annotations, click on the pencil icon in the bottom right corner.

How to take screenshots on Android 12

Step 5 : You can add text or highlight the text using different colors. After that, you can hit save to store the screenshot on your Android mobile.

How to take screenshots on Android 12

Step 6 : Alternatively, you can hit the Share button in the upper right corner of the screen to send the screenshot to anyone in your contact list.

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That’s it. If you have saved the screenshot on your Android mobile, you will need to access the gallery app so you can share the screenshot with your friends or other people.

Pick up everything you need

Swiping screenshots can help you save bandwidth while taking an offline snapshot of an article or recipe from the internet. Also, it’s way better than sharing a link that people might not feel comfortable clicking on. You can annotate the screenshots to emphasize the areas and points you want to make.

If you have upgraded your mobile to Android 12, then follow the above steps to take screenshots while scrolling on your Android mobile. Just pay attention to the app you decide to share next. Some popular services like WhatsApp or Facebook reduce the quality automatically, so large screenshots with a lot of text may become unreadable