A major advantage of Android that has made many technology enthusiasts prefer it over other mobile operating systems is the freedom to do whatever you want. With Android, you can install anything, and you can customize virtually anything about your phone.
Having said all that, there are still some things you can not do. As an example, for various reasons, some apps decide to restrict you from taking screenshots of the app. On the other hand, for various reasons, you may want to take a screenshot anyway. Read on to find out how to get around this limitation.
Why do some apps restrict screenshots?
Annoying as it is, developers do not restrict screenshots for no reason. Be it privacy or security, there is always a hint of reason to do so.
Most banking and payment apps block screenshots for security reasons. Chrome blocks screenshots in the incognito tabs and windows for privacy reasons. Another example would be Telegram’s self-destructing images, where you can not take them with screenshots.
No matter why the developers decided to limit screenshots, you can still take screenshots anywhere you want. You just have to get your hands a little dirty.
There are various methods of taking screenshots in apps that do not allow you. Some methods work in most apps, but not all. Here we take a look at two of these methods.
Method 1: Use Google Assistant
Some Android apps that block screenshots only block the screenshot button combination on your phone. This means that if you use a different way of taking a screenshot than pressing the button combination, you can bypass the restriction.
Google Assistant is a built-in app in most Android phones that allows you to take screenshots without using the key combination.
- Open the app you want to take a screenshot of.
- Activate Google Assistant. You can do this by saying Hi Google! or hold down the home key depending on your settings.
- Say or write Take a screenshot. Google Assistant will now take a screenshot.
Simple as this method is, it has low chances of success as most apps that are serious about blocking screenshots have predicted this method. For example, if you use Google Assistant to take a screenshot from an Incognito tab in Chrome, you will take a screenshot, but the screen will be a black screen.
If this method did not work for you, you can proceed to the next section where we describe a method that allows you to take screenshots of any app on your phone.
Method 2: Take screenshots with scrcpy
This is the ultimate method as it can bypass virtually any kind of screen restrictions in Android apps. scrcpy is a lightweight screen mirroring program that lets you view and control your Android phone’s screen on your PC. When you mirror the Android screen on your computer, you can simply use a print screen or cutting tool to take screenshots.
scrcpy is available on Windows, macOS and Linux. You can install scrcpy with Homebrew on macOS. Check the download link below for more information on installing scrcpy on Mac and Linux.
For the purposes of this article, we are going to install scrcpy on Windows, which you can do using Scoop. Read our article on how to install Scoop to get started.
Download: scrcpy (free)
Once you have installed Scoop, it is time to install scrcpy.
- Open command prompt. You can do this by searching for cmd in Start Menu.
- Once inside the command prompt, run the command below:
scoop install scrcpy
This command will call Scoop to install scrcpy. This may take a while depending on how fast your connection is.
Now that you have installed scrcpy, the next step is preparing your phone. In order for scrcpy to access the phone screen, you need to enable USB debugging on your Android device. You must have developer mode enabled to do this.
- Go to Settings in your Android phone.
- Scroll down to the bottom and select Developer opportunities.
- Press the switch next to it USB troubleshooting to change it to On.
Now both the phone and the computer are ready. Connect your phone to your computer’s USB and let’s get to the last steps.
- Open command prompt.
- Enter the command below and press enter:
A window will open and you will be able to see the phone screen. You can even use your computer’s mouse and keyboard on your phone through this window to navigate and type. Now with the phone screen mirrored on your computer, you can freely take screenshots using print screen and other screen capture methods.
Capture everything and everything
Although some apps try to restrict you from taking screenshots in the app, try as they can, they will fail if you are persistent in taking your screenshots. Now after reading this article, you know how to take screenshots in any app regardless of its limitations. After all, it’s your phone, and you’re the master of this ship.