How To: Take Screenshot on Nokia Lumia phones

How To: Take Screenshot on Nokia Lumia phones

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.


79 Responses to How To: Take Screenshot on Nokia Lumia phones

  1. VIP Canna says:

    I love my windows phone everything works perfect and all i need to do to take a screenshot is press the lock button then volume up and its done saved in my photos.

  2. dexter says:

    How should I take a screenshot on lumia540,
    Volume up key+power button is not working on it,
    Neither volume down + power button is working…

  3. Jared says:

    I regret buying a Nokia Lumia for my first touch screen phone,
    I mean who in there right mind will do all that just to take
    a screen shot…….not me.

  4. Chasity says:

    I absolutely hate this Nokia Lumia phone, adios I use are no longer available for this phone. I was an android user, and I miss my phone. Worst phone ever in the history of mankind. If you don’t use apps, this is the perfect phone for you. It’s so basic…

  5. jessie says:

    Press and hold power button and volume up at the same time

  6. crazy eyes says:

    Stupid phone I need new one when I try to take a screen shot any kind of way you can on top it says couldn’t take screen shot ????????????

  7. damian says:

    I just want a screen shot,not a career in IT..if you can adjust it to do it..why not fit it with screen shot capability on it in the first place…end of

  8. elizabeth says:

    You don’t you just press the power button and volume up button :)

  9. Dee says:

    Non of the suggestions works Lumia 520
    Very disgusting

  10. Dee says:

    I just tried again and it worked. Volume up + power button

  11. HARMAN says:

    No one works not even up volume and lock key and not even lock key and home key on lumia 510

  12. sue says:

    I just did the volume up and power button at the same time and it worked perfectly. thank you for the info

  13. benard kingsley says:

    Although its enspensive using it an an underdeveloped country I still love it,but how wish they could improve more other their app transfer and quality apl download I will be grateful.

  14. Bryan says:

    If you hold the lock screen button and volume up you can take screen shots. Don’t listen to all these MS haters lol

  15. agatha says:

    Microsoft sucks….cnt even install whatsap…itz always saying my Microsoft account is not available at the momment please trysgain later

  16. Dominique says:

    Instead of doing all that you can simply hold down your volume button and off button to take a screenshot.

  17. jimmy says:

    Yeah its true when you hold power botton and volume up at the same same time it pic the scrn short bt still nokia lumia is more complicated than others plz for coming brand new microsoft try to to make it simple jus a little bit if u care ur costomer

  18. misy says:

    You just have to press the power button with the volume up button try it

  19. Kate says:

    Actually you just need to hold both volume buttons and the shut down button at the same same time. Bit tricky though.????

  20. calivin says:

    Unbelivable i thought it had a dffrnt connfiguration from android butthe journey i met isn’t hopefull at all its annoying for sure.i like windows phones but am dissapointed

  21. satish says:

    Press the power button and the Start button at precisely the same time.

  22. upasana says:

    Such a silly cell cant even take a screenshot in dis its so stupid if its urgent den wat to do

  23. ben says:

    Don’t like this Microsoft Windows at all

  24. holly lolly says:

    Comments are funny, but this whole screen shot app is really unnecessary.????????????????. Nokia phone is totally rubbish, can not believe that this is actually accepted as a phone. You cant even get instagram or snap chat or music.ly????????
    Such an amazingly bad phone.

  25. David says:

    Phone has limitations, but doesn’t cost USD$750.00either.

  26. ruth says:

    Why is Microsoft service not always? Can’t do shit with this wood. I wonder why these phones were allowed into the market ????

  27. ojays says:

    Just tested it. Its on Lumia 535 dual sim. No hazels at all

  28. mindy r says:

    I just did it and it works hold the off button and up button same time

  29. Munir says:

    Nothing works for Nokia Lumia 900, I’ve tried everything.

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