TIL: How to use adb to take a screenshot from Android

I was writing up another article and needed screen grabs from my device, and wanted a simple way to grab them, well, adb to the rescue!


adb shell /system/bin/screencap -p /sdcard/screenshot.png
adb pull /sdcard/screenshot.png screenshot.png

It’s that easy.

The first line saves the screenshot on the device, the second pulls a file from the device to the local machine.

All of this assumes you have adb working and the drivers setup for your device. Which I will be showing how to do in a future post.

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