How to take Screenshots of your Android’s Interface

Submitted by shashank on March 24, 2012 - 3:39pm

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Why do we need to take a screenshot of the android interface? One, we want to remember the interface that we had customized earlier. Two, if you develop android app for the Android Market, taking a screenshot would be useful for future use. However, it is difficult to take a screenshot without logging into the software with root access or an emulator.
Here is the step by step procedure to take a screenshot of the Android Interface
Install the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) on your computer. This is quite simple. However, if you get stuck, you can Google search and work your way around. Ensure that you have installed the appropriate SDK for your computer and phone combination.
Also, check if you have the latest Java version installed (from Sun). Do not bypass this step as using an old version of Java would stop the process.
Connect your phone to your computer using the USB cable.
Visit Start> SDK\Tools folder and Run the DDMS tool in the SDK (if you have windows)
Run ./ddms from the terminal if you have Mac or Linux
There you will see a list of available devices. From the menu bar up the top of the program, select the device and screen capture. You can choose what you want to screengrab on your android device. Click on Refresh.
Click on the save button in the phone viewing pane. Save the image on your desktop (or in any other folder on your PC). Now you have complete the process of taking a screenshot of your android interface.
The entire procedure is fairly simple. However if you tend to get stuck, Google search engine is always at your service! For most users, installing the SDK turns out to be the biggest issue. Howevr, if you have knowledge of the OS and the type of phone you have, this should not be a problem.

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