The Android 12 beta 3 arrived with some long-requested features and quality-of-life improvements, with scrolling screenshots at the top of the list. You could crop and edit screenshots in the past, but you were restricted to whatever your phone screen could fit. Now, you can choose to “Capture more” and grab more than double the screen space that you could in the past. Here’s how to take scrollable screenshots in the Android 12 beta.
How to take scrollable screenshots in Android 12
Before you can expand your screenshots, you must install the Android 12 beta on your Pixel or compatible third-party Android phone. If you previously installed the beta, you can likely update to beta 3 using an OTA update. Go to Settings > System > System Update and check if it’s available, then download it. Now you’re ready to begin.
Take a screenshot in any app using your Android phone’s screenshot shortcut.
To take a screenshot on Pixel phones (and most other Android phones), press and hold the power and volume down buttons simultaneously until the screen flashes to capture your screen.
Three buttons should appear: Share, Edit, and Capture more. Tap “Capture more” to proceed. Note: Some apps currently don’t support scrollable screenshots. If “Capture more” doesn’t appear, you won’t be able to take one.
Once you tap this option, you’ll zoom out so you can see the maximum possible screenshot size for that app page. Drag the screenshot window downwards so it captures everything you need; a magnifying glass will zoom in on the bottom border, so you see clearly where to crop it.
Left: the pop-up that appears when you take a screenshot in Android 12; center: a screenshot at maximum height; right: the interface for selecting your screenshot dimensions.
Satisfied with the size? You can now hit Save to send it to your Screenshots folder. You can also Share it using the icon in the top-right, or Edit it using the Pencil icon in the bottom right.
That’s how you get scrolling screenshots in Android 12! The process is very intuitive overall. The only negative is that some of the best Android apps don’t support it, such as Google Chrome and Google Docs. Most apps, including third-party apps, do seem to support the feature, however.
Comparing this feature to how you take a screenshot with a Samsung phone, both have their pros and cons. For example, Google caps the length of your scroll to about 2.5X the height of your phone screen — at least in the beta — while Samsung’s Scroll Capture lets you keep scrolling until you hit the bottom of the page. On the other hand, Google’s method lets you get a bit more precise with the dimensions, including cropping horizontally or changing where the screenshot starts as well as stops.
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