How To Take Screenshots On The Nexus7

Yesterday I received my pre-ordered Nexus7 in the post and I love it (review coming soon). I wanted to share screenshots of my new toy on Google+ without having to root the device.

After a lot of research, I finally found the answer on how to do it. The best news is that you don’t even need an app as Android 4.1 Jelly Bean can do it natively.

To take a Screenshot, all you need to do is hold the volume down and power buttons at the same time. After a second or so you will see your screenshot be taken and the Android gallery will open up. Here is a screenshot of my Nexus7:

I don’t know if this is a new feature to Jelly Bean but my mobile phone is Gingerbread and the same command doesn’t work on that. Try it on your device and let us know in the comments section…

How To Take Screenshots On The Nexus7
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  • mactopics

    This didn’t work for me, until I had opened Google Gallery first. How strange :)

    • Kev Quirk

      Hi Mactopics, I don’t know why this wouldn’t work. I’ve since found out that this is a standard command on all Android devices running ICS and above.
      Are you definitely pressing the Vol down and power at the same time? By this I mean together, not holding one down and then pressing the other.


        I fear it might have been the not quite simultaneous button press :) I guess I am iOS damaged, but happy to learn and very grateful for you taking the time to respond. Thank you!

  • alianna

    It worked for me!thanks(: