Tag Archives: Android

How to take a screenshot/photo of your Android phone screen

Many times, we might need to keep a photo of what is displayed on your mobile screen.

It may be for a quick note from an eBook, part of a webpage, snapshot of a message or Whatsapp chat, store a snapchat, etc.

Android has this feature built-in, no need for any extra screen capture software.

  1. Open what you need to screenshot
  2. Press and hold the power and volume down buttons at the same time(for a few seconds)
    • Note: For Samsung Galaxy S phones, use power and home buttons(not volume)
  3. The mobile should take a photo of the screen and save it in the gallery
  4. Open gallery to get the photo(in Screenshot folder)

How to format or factory reset your Android mobile

There are many ways to do a factory reset on an Android phone. But before that, it’s always wise to make a backup – especially of contacts, photos and messages.

I’ll list them out as simple as possible.

If the phone is turned on and accessible

  1. Go to Settings > (Personal) Backup & Reset > Factory Data reset > Reset phone
  2. Some phones allow you to leave the phone memory photos and files as it is at this point.

DONE

If the phone is turned off and/or locked 

  1. Power off the phone
  2. Keep the volume up button pressed, and simultaneously press the power up button for a few seconds till it turns on
  3. Phone should load into boot screen
  4. Use volume up and down to highlight Factory reset and power button to select the option

DONE

If your phone is stolen and you want your data erased

  1. Open Android Device Manager (https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager) in a computer
  2. Login with the Google account used on your phone/tablet of interest
  3. You can make it ring, lock it or Erase
  4. Click Erase and continue

DONE