How to take screenshot on Moto G (without using apps)

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how to take screenshot on moto g You may not know whatever you see on your  Moto G screen, you can share them with your friends or family members.  This includes web pages, play list, game achievements….

Of course, it is only the screenshot, not the video file, or the app itself.

Taking  screenshot on Moto G is actually very easy. You do not need any apps. Actually most screen capture apps require a rooted phone. So, don’t consider any apps to take screenshot on Moto G.

You do not need ADB, which requires a USB connection to a PC for your Moto X. Many developers and Android geeks like to use this heavy tool.

To take screenshot on Moto G, you can simply  press and hold both the Power and Volume down key for about three seconds. You will hear the camera shutter click. Then, the screenshot is saved into your Gallery.

You can check the screenshot taken in Apps– Gallery — Screenshots.

If you want, you can edit it in Moto G. The screenshot is just a normal image file.

Is it very simple? This method of taking screenshot is native to all Android phones. So if you have other Android phones, you can try this method to take  screenshot next time. It should work.

If you have any questions on capturing screen for Moto G, please let us know in the comment box below.

More step-by-step guides , tips and tricks for your Moto G phone are available at  our most popular Moto G how-to guide page.

Comments

  1. deborah says

    I have tried this many times now and i either get my screenshot with the volume status in it or it doesnt work at all. Please help.

  2. Deborah says

    I think I cracked it. I put the volume on vibrate then held the two together and it worked once I got the timing right. Thanks

    • simonsimon says

      Glad to know you can take screenshot on Moto G.

      Actually, it is not necessary to be on vibrate. You enter that state because you pressed volume down button, but screenshot was not taken.

  3. thiagu says

    Thanks for the article. The trick of pressing is press both times together at same time and not one by one.

    • simonsimon says

      Yes, to take the screenshot, you need press and hold both keys simultaneously.
      But in practice, you can press and hold the power button slightly earlier. If you press the volume down key earlier, you will fail to get the screenshot.

  4. jayson says

    Lots and lots of trying then suddenly got it. It is all about timing but it does work. I find it easier to hold the phone flat horizontal not upright then you can get index fingers of both hands on power and volume button which for me makes it easier to synch the press

  5. Ken says

    Thanks! First couple of attempts didn’t work but after a few tries I was able to do it at will. The whole thing is pretty clumsy… which is kind of a shame since taking screenshots is a great start to asking for help when you need it.

    • simonsimon says

      Yes, it is not an easy job. But once you get used to it, it is simple.

      If you need take a lot of screenshot, it is better to connect Moto G to PC and take screenshot from ADB.

  6. azad says

    It takes me to press power button for less than half second and then quickly press volume down….. Done !!!. But it is most bizarre way to take screenshot. Thanks for sharing.

    • simonsimon says

      Glad to know you can take screenshot now.

      This is the default method of taking a screenshot on all Android. Some vendors add a few other ways to do it, for example, Galaxy Note series can use the stylus (S Pen) to take screenshots.

      If you need to take a lot of screenshot, you’d better to do it in ADB from your PC. Most screenshot apps require rooted phone.

  7. mark says

    which call recorder do works on moto g 4.4, i am tired of checking each app and changing every settings of it, just to make it work.

    • simonsimon says

      For Facebook, it depends on the settings of the photo. For twitter, you can log tap the image to save pictures.

      Of course, this may also depend on the app you are using.

    • azad says

      In case if you are using default browser Chrome, long press on photo which you want to save from any website,

  8. mustafa says

    How to save new contacts in sim card instead to save it to Google account in moto g , I am not getting that option in it. And also suggest me good file manager to suit my moto g.

  9. Mustafa says

    Does Moto G will get further updates after 4.4.2 kitkat ? means 4.4.3 & 4.4.4 like this updates any info do you have about it ? coz recently nexus-5 got 4.4.3 update…..

    thank u .

    • simonsimon says

      No confirmation. But Motorola got very good record in updating the handsets, especially for Moto X and Moto G.

      Soon, Motorola will be under Lenovo. Nobody can confirm the update plan for Moto G.

  10. Lilz says

    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeelp me! I have been trying for what seems like days, I no longer see light at the end of the tunnel! Please aid me in my recovery, just enlighten me, how do I screenshot on a moto G_

    • Kingben says

      I figured out the the trick to take screenshots on the Moto G. If you press the volume down in the normal way, it will rather show the volume bar. The trick is to press volume down at the very edge and not halfway.(assume the volume button is about 100mm in length) only press about 10mm near the bottom of the Volume button + the power button at the same time for about 2 secs. Hope this helps. Regards, Ben. (I almost gave up initially.)

    • Marimuthu K says

      Lilz hold your device in such a way to use your two index fingers; left index finger on power button and right one on volume down now try you will smile SURE

      • Macro Seller says

        Its nothing about timing why are you all trying to confuse its easy just press both power and volume down at the same time and keep them pressed until you hear shutter sound and you will see screenshot being saved. Don’t confuse people. I followed instructions here and more confused it is simple both together and keep them pressed takes a sec or so

        • simonsimon says

          For experienced Android users, this is not an issue.

          But for many new Android users, the “simultaneous” is proven a problem based on my observation. If they cannot press and hold the two buttons simultaneously, either power option appears or the volume option appears.

          The solution is to slightly press power button earlier because power button is waiting for actions of press, press and hold, and long press and hold (for rebooting). So, it tolerates about 200-400ms press without responding, and therefore it is safer to press power button “slightly” earlier. Volume rocker does not wait for more actions. This is how the buttons are designed.

  11. Santhosh says

    Sorry guys. I couldn’t take screenshot.
    I tried and tried.
    Thing is I have disabled many apps to save my battery. Pls help me

    • simonsimon says

      You have to continue trying. Once you get it, you will know it’s so simple.

      You can install greenify to save battery. Disabling apps may not always help.

  12. lalit21itm says

    its very simple press both button at same time but bottom part of both button wait for 3 sec . it will work

  13. jane says

    this is a very stupid, hard, and inconsistent way to capture sceenshots. why can’t android just enable apps to do this??

    • simonsimon says

      Just practice. You either press the power button or the volume down button too early. The screen feedback will show this.

    • simonsimon says

      In different regions, the update is released in different time. You may check with local Motorola service centre on the schedule.

    • simonsimon says

      Yes. You need unroot it before visiting the service centre. The damage caused by rooting (e.g., cannot reboot) is not covered by warranty.

  14. It works says

    Just go to Settings, Buttons, Power Button and enable Take Screenshot. After hold press power button and select take screenshort from the menu in the screen.

  15. Stuart says

    That’s a difficult feat to pull off…works but you need to work on it. Well done Motorola for keeping their customers on their toes…

  16. pallav mukherjee says

    in about 3 hrs my whole battery drains out after full charge of 100% in my new moto g what to do now

  17. Girish Iyer says

    Its simple. 1. Put the phone on vibrate. 2. press the Power and lower volume key at the same time.
    Thanks Deborah…I took the cue from you

    • simonsimon says

      Did it notify you that screenshot was taken? If the screenshot was taken successfully, you should hear a shutter sound.

  18. Pramod Mishra says

    After pressing both the keys, a small screen appers. it describes the systems detail. anot another word-FASTBOOT OCCURES BEACUSE VOLUME KEY pressed.

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