Android 12 beta 3 comes with some long-requested features and quality improvements here and there, one of which is scrolling screenshots or long screen shots.
You could have cropped and edited screenshots in the past, but you’re limited to whatever fits your phone’s screen size. Now, you can choose to “Capture more” and take up more than double the screen space you could in the past.
Here’s how to take long screen shots on Android 12 beta.
Before you can expand screenshots, you’ll need to install Android 12 beta on a compatible Android phone. If you previously installed the beta, you may have to update to beta 3 using an OTA update. Go to Settings > System > System Update and check if available, then download. Now you are ready to get started.
- 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 will appear: Share, Edit, and Capture more. Tap “Capture more” to continue. Note: Some apps don’t currently support scrollable screenshots. If “Catch more” doesn’t appear, you can’t retrieve it.
- Once you tap on this option, you will zoom out so you can see the maximum possible screenshot size for that app’s page. Drag the screenshot window down so it captures everything you need; a magnifying glass will enlarge the lower border, so you clearly see where to cut it.
- Satisfied with the size? You can now hit Save to send it to your Screenshots folder. You can also Share it using the icon on the top right, or Edit it using the Pencil icon on the bottom right.
That’s how you take long scrolling screenshots on Android 12. The only negative is that some of the best Android apps don’t support it, like Google Chrome and Google Docs. However, most apps, including third-party apps, seem to support the feature.
Comparing this feature to the way you take screenshots with a Samsung phone, both have their pros and cons. For example, Google limits the length of your scroll to about 2.5X the height of your phone’s screen — at least in beta — while Samsung’s Scroll Capture lets you keep scrolling until you reach the bottom of the page.
On the other hand, Google’s method allows you to get slightly more precise dimensions, including cropping horizontally or changing where the screenshot starts and stops.