Capturing Screenshots

Capturing Screenshot via ADB

Example below saves a screenshot on Devices's Internal Storage.

adb shell screencap /sdcard/screen.png

Capturing Screenshot via ADB and saving directly in your PC

If you use Linux (or Windows with Cygwin), you can run:

adb shell screencap -p | sed 's/\r$//' > screenshot.png

Capturing Screenshot via Android Device Monitor

  1. Open Android Device Monitor ( ie C:<ANDROID_SDK_LOCATION>\tools\monitor.bat)
  2. Select your device
  3. Click on Screen Capture Button

Android Device Monitor

Capturing Screenshot via Android Studio

  1. Open Android Monitor Tab
  2. Click on Screen Capture Button Android Studio

Taking a screenshot of a particular view

If you want to take a screenshot of a particular View v, then you can use the following code:

Bitmap viewBitmap = Bitmap.createBitmap(v.getWidth(), v.getHeight(), Bitmap.Config.RGB_565);
Canvas viewCanvas = new Canvas(viewBitmap);
Drawable backgroundDrawable = v.getBackground();

if(backgroundDrawable != null){
    // Draw the background onto the canvas.
    // Draw the view onto the canvas.

// Write the bitmap generated above into a file.
String fileStamp = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyyMMdd_HHmmss").format(new Date());
OutputStream outputStream = null;
    imgFile = new File(Environment.getExternalStoragePublicDirectory(Environment.DIRECTORY_PICTURES), fileStamp + ".png");
    outputStream = new FileOutputStream(imgFile);
    viewBitmap.compress(Bitmap.CompressFormat.PNG, 40, outputStream);
catch(Exception e){