Last time I wrote about using your phone’s sensors to add powerful behavior to your app. This week, I want to share a tip on how to take great screenshots on Android.
Yesterday, a coworker asked me how to take a screenshot on Android devices. Google’s official instructions say you should either:
- Press and hold the power button down until a “Screenshot” button appears, which you can tap to capture one.
- Press and hold the power and volume down buttons at the same time for a few seconds.
It’s good to remember that this button combination may be different for different devices. And, you can always capture screenshots via Logcat within Android Studio too:
All of that being said, if you’re wanting to use these for presentation purposes, it can be difficult to make the screenshots look consistent, especially if you’re taking them over a period of time. Plus, nobody wants to see how many app updates or text messages you have in your screenshots.
Thankfully for us, Android has a “demo mode” which, with a few terminal commands, allows you to enforce a consistent and stripped down toolbar.
This article did a particularly good job of explaining how to make this happen:
The official documentation on using demo mode is available here:
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This tidbit was originally delivered on March 1, 2019.