How to Take Screenshots on a Droid X


The Droid X OS falls a version short of including a native method to capture screen shots. However, you can install the Android and Java software development kits, or SDKs, which enable you to take screen captures of your phone when it is hooked up to your computer. With these SDKs, you don't have to download an app to take screen shots.

  • Download and install the Java SE Development Kit from Oracle's site (see Resources).

  • Download the Android SDK from the Android Developers site (see Resources). On the Get the Android SDK page, click the "Use an Existing IDE" heading and click the "Download the SDK Tools for Windows" button. Unzip the download and run SDKSetup.exe to install the SDK. Make sure you choose to install the USB driver package.

  • Tap "Settings" on your Droid X and then "Applications," "Development" and "USB Debugging."

  • Connect your Droid X to your computer using a USB cable.

  • Open the folder into which you installed the Android SDK, open the "Tools" folder and click "ddms.bat." The Dalvik Debug Monitor opens, and the Log pane starts showing information when your phone is connected.

  • Navigate to the screen on your Droid X for which you want to take a screen shot.

  • Click "Device" and "Screen Capture" in Dalvik Debug Monitor.

  • Click "Save" to save the screen shot to your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • These steps apply to the Droid X, running Android 2.3. Steps might vary slightly or significantly with other products or versions.

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