How to take Android screenshot on Windows and Mac
Want to save an Android screenshot directly to your Mac or Windows computer? Here’s how to do it with a simple keyboard shortcut
Admit it: Taking a screenshot on your Android device and copying it to your Windows or Mac computer is a real chore.
What if we told you that there is a way to take a screenshot and save it to your PC or Mac using a simple keyboard shortcut? This is entirely possible with the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) tool.
Let’s see how to do it.
Take a screenshot of Android on Windows PC
In Windows, you can use the Command Prompt to run an ADB command that captures the screen of your Android device. You can then run another command that transfers the screenshot from your device to your computer.
But the best part is that you can combine these commands so that they work with a single keyboard shortcut. This way all your screenshot task will be executed with the push of a button.
It might sound a little too technical, but it isn’t. Here’s how you put it all together.
1. Configure the ADB and your Android device
First you need to configure ADB on your PC to run commands on your device, which you can do as follows:
- Create a folder on your desktop and name it adb.
- Download the box at tools free of BAD for Windows on your computer.
- Extract the files from the toolbox into the folder adb of your office.
- Hold the key Shift on your keyboard, right click anywhere in the folder adb, and select here Open command window.
- Go to Settings> System> Developer options on your Android device, and activate the debugging Usb. (You may need to enable Developer Options first.
- Connect your device to your computer using a USB cable.
- You will get a message on your device regarding USB debugging. Select Always allow from this computer and press OK.
- Go back to the command prompt window, type adb devices and press Entrance.
- Make sure your device is on the list, then you’re good to go. If not, you will need to install ADB drivers to fix it.
2. Take a screenshot with a keyboard shortcut
Now that your computer recognizes your device, you can write and save the commands for the screenshot to a batch file. Here’s how to do it:
- Open the start menu, look for Notepad and launch it.
- Type the following text in your new Notepad document. Be sure to replace
user> by your current username.
cd C: Users
adb shell screencap -p /sdcard/image.png
adb pull /sdcard/image.png C: Users
- Press on Ctrl + S to save the file.
- In the save dialog box, enter Take-Screenshot.bat as file name, choose All the files in the drop-down menu Save as, select the folder adb on your desktop to save the file, and click Record.
- Open the folder adb to lusing File Explorer, right-click Take-Screenshot.bat, and select Send to> Desktop (create a shortcut).
- Right click on the newly created shortcut on your desktop and click Properties.
- Place your cursor in the ” Shortcut keyboard ”and press the keyboard shortcut you want to assign. Then press Apply followed by OK below.
Tap the hotkey you specified whenever you want to take a screenshot on your Android device. Your screenshot will be captured and saved to your computer desktop.
Just make sure your device is connected to your computer when you do this.
Take a screenshot of Android on a Mac
In macOS, you can create an Automator service that runs the ADB commands needed to take and transfer a screenshot from your Android device to your Mac. You can then assign a keyboard shortcut to this service.
1. Configure the ADB and your Android device
The procedure for setting up the ADB in macOS is similar to the procedure for setting up the ADB in Windows. Here’s how to do it:
- Download the free ADB tools for Mac and extract it to a folder called adb on your Mac desktop.
- Go to Settings> System> Developer options on your Android device and activate the debugging Usb.
2. Create an automation service for screenshot capture
Once the ADB is configured, you need to create an Automator service that runs the BAD command to take a screenshot:
- Launch Automator, select Quick Action (or Service on older versions of macOS), and click Choose.
- Select files or folders in the Workflow receives the scrolling menu selected up.
- Choose n ‘any application in the drop-down menu.
- Drag the action titled Run a shell script menu Actions to the workflow on the right.
- Enter the following commands in the Run shell script box on the right. Be sure to replace
byyour current username.
cd / Users /
- Press on Command + S, Come in Take Android Screenshot as name, and click Record. You are however free to use any name for this service.
3. Assign a keyboard shortcut to the PLC service
Your Automator service is now ready to take a screenshot on your Android device. You just need to assign it a keyboard shortcut and you are good to go. Here’s how to do it:
- Click on the Apple logo in the upper left corner and select System Preferences.
- Choose Keyboard.
- Click on the ” Shortcuts ».
- Select Services in the left bar and find your newly created quick action (or service) in the right pane.
- Click on the column next to your service and press the keyboard shortcut you want to use for it. Then close the panel.
Now whenever you want to take a screenshot on your Android device, tap on the keyboard shortcut you specified above. The Automator service will be launched, the screenshot will be taken and transferred to your desktop.
Take screenshots on Android with no problem
You no longer need to upload your Android screenshots to cloud storage and then download them to your computer. With the above method, you can group everything into one keyboard shortcut, and that shortcut will take the screenshot and bring it right before your eyes to your desktop.
If you want to explore more options for screenshot capture on Android, there are several options to choose from.