We know that taking a screenshot on an Android smart phone is pretty easy these days. Android natively supports screenshots, and most smartphones support the two-button combo (Lock / Power + Volume Down / Home button) for screenshots. Some smart phones even come with gestures to capture screenshots. But what about sharing a screenshot on the go or what if you need to quickly scribble something down in a sharing screenshot? If you are a vivid screenshot sharer, you will surely need an advanced screenshot app.
Why do we need a third party app for screenshots?
The two-button combo for screenshots is easy, but what if our smartphone has a volume button or fragile lock, we don't want the buttons to be broken, do we? Along with that, we sometimes need editing tools for doodles, arrows, boxes, etc. to point out something in the screenshots before they can be published on social networks. There are a number of screenshot apps on the Google Play Store that not only allow you to take screenshots with ease, but also offer some cool additional features.
We tried many apps on the Play Store and here are the best screenshot apps for Android (in no particular order):
Most Android screen capture apps come with various triggers to take screenshots. Not all triggers will work on all smartphones due to access or hardware limitations.
The best screen capture apps for Android
Easy Screenshot is a very popular Android app for taking screenshots with ease. The app has a very simple UI, which works well with Android's Material Design UI guidelines. There are several triggers in the app, which allow you to take a screenshot. You can choose to take a screenshot via an overlay button, which is still floating, or by using a button in the notification center or by shaking your device. The app also allows you to configure your hardware camera button to take screenshots and that is if your smartphone has a hardware camera button. If the app runs in the background and takes a screenshot in the conventional way, it detects that and opens the screenshot in the app for your editing needs.
When it comes to editing features, it allows you to crop your screenshots, compress or print them. You can also change the existing colors in a screenshot to the one you want. There are options to display the date and time in the screenshots and save the images in PNG or JPG format. Other features of the app include themes, locale support and tasker plugins. In addition, the application is available for free on the Play Store.
Compatibility: Android 4.0 and higher.
Screenshot Ultimate is not the best application for Android, but if you want a lot of functions in a screenshot application, Screenshot Ultimate will not disappoint you. It has the most triggers to take a screenshot and some of them may be really complicated. You can take screenshots via an overlay button, a notification bar button, shake your device, turn on / off the power and more. There are advanced triggers like audio trigger (blow into your device's microphone to take the screenshot), interval (set a time period to take screenshots automatically), cronjob (set when to take a screenshot in an app specific), proximity (put your finger on the proximity sensor to take screenshots), intent (tasker support and locale), and more.
Along with the various triggers, the app allows you to make adjustments to your screenshots, change formats, and more. There are also editing functions such as drawing, cropping, adding text, rotating, mirroring, effects, and more. It also allows you to share images directly to Imgur. The good news is that Screenshot Ultimate is available for free on the Play Store.
Compatibility: Android 2.1 and higher.
While the Screenshot Snap app doesn't really bring any intuitive method of taking a screenshot, it makes up for it with its various editing features. The application detects a screenshot being taken and loads it into the application. You can then edit the screenshot on the fly and share it quickly. You can draw on an image with the pencil or the Brush tool, and you can also insert arrows, boxes, text, and more.
The application offers you the option to save images in PNG or JPG, increase or decrease the quality of the image. Screenshot Snap is available in a free version, but it's limited in features and the ads can be a bit annoying. The paid version of the app brings some great stamps, blur tools, cloud uploads, and removes ads.
Install: (Free, Paid $ 0.99)
Compatibility: Android 4.0 and higher.
Perfect Screen Shot is another screen capture application that stands out for its unique features. The app feels smooth in its operation and represents Android's Material Design user interface, if that's a deciding factor for you. While the app doesn't take screenshots for you, it detects when one is taken and opens the app with the screenshot right in front of you. It allows you to frame your screenshots within the frame of a device and you can edit the colors, the background and more. There are several options for editing frames, and you can add reflections, shadows, and blur to images. You can get frames from various devices, from Nexus devices like Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X to Galaxy S6 Edge, One M9, Moto G and more.
The free "Classic" version of the app is quite limited when it comes to the number of frames and editing features. The paid "Ultra" version gives you 3D frames, various editing options such as background color, custom background images, optional blur, and more. You can also choose to edit your screenshots without a frame, if frames aren't really your thing. The app also allows you to import screenshots from any cloud storage service you use like Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc. picture.
Install: (Free Classic, Ultra Paid $ 1.99)
Compatibility: Android 4.0.3 and higher.
Capture Screen Capture
Capture Screenshot is very similar to Screenshot Easy, but Capture Screenshot is an excellent screen capture application in its own right. The application is fast and very well designed, so all developers have a lot of qualifications about it. It offers you various triggers, such as the overlay button, the notification shadow button, and the motion to capture. Once you click on the "Start Service" button, the application will start running in the background and detect the screenshots you take.
Once a screenshot is taken, Capture Screenshot allows you to crop, draw, rotate, flip, add text, and more. It also has a series of filters such as Boost, Grayscale, Gamma, Tone, Vieta, etc. There is the possibility to save screenshots in PNG or JPG image formats. Along with that, the app offers you themes and you can choose the color you like to give it a custom look. While the free version of Capture Screenshot is packaged in most features, the "Pro" version removes ads and brings more filters.
Install (free, Pro version $ 3)
Compatibility: Android 2.3 and higher.
According to us, these are the best screen capture apps available for Android. So try them out and tell us how you liked them in the comment section below.