At the 2011 World Mobile Congress, Windows Phone 7 got a bump up with tons of new features with Mango, the codename for Windows 7.5. With 500 new features, one of the few points in which Windows Phone 7.5 lags behind when compared to iOS and Android is in-built screenshot taking ability. Apple’s iOS has had it since the very beginning of the iPhone and Android acquired it natively with Ice Cream Sandwich, before which users could take screenshots only if they rooted their phones.
Fortunately for Lumia users, an XDA developer has come out with a potent solution in the form of an app called Screen Capturer, which allows the users to use the hardware camera button to take screenshots of the display.
Here’s how to get the Screen Captured app on your Lumia:
1) Firstly, you’d need to “Developer Unlock” your Lumia. This can be done directly through Microsoft for $99 or by getting an App Hub account which allows the sideloading of up to three applications.
2) To get the application, you just need to download Screen Capturer v3 from xda-developers.com, the official website of the XDA developers.
3) To install the app on the phone, you need to use the deployment tool from the Windows SDK. Just use the search in the Start Menu and type in the name of the application.
4) Once the application is installed, all you need to do is click on “Start Capture Task” to start taking screenshots.
5) With the application running in the background, navigate your phone to any other application (Note : The app is still incompatible with games and videos)
6) When you’ve reached your desired screen, use the hardware camera button to take the screenshot.
7) Your screenshots will be saved in the Pictures Hub in standard JPEG format. You can access them on a PC by connecting the phone and downloading the pictures using the Zune software.