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Screenshots on Android are now as straightforward as ever

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Google is introducing a new way to take screenshots, one that will be accessible to anyone with an Android device that is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above. The contextual arm of Google Now, known as Google Now on Tap, now has a dedicated share button to take a screenshot of your display before choosing which app to share it with.

This finally gives every owner of an Android device an identical way to take a screenshot. Before, devices with physical buttons could vary from a combination between the home button, power button, and volume rocker. Now all that needs to be done is Now on Tap’s activation.

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Screenshot using Google Now on Tap

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Screenshot using physical buttons

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About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.


  • Cole Cawtuh

    What’s a volume rocket? #epicFAILURE oops just like this site.

  • Don Morse

    I don’t get it. Why not just swipe the edge of your palm across the screen like other android devices?

    • Justin_Herrick

      This encourages using Google Now on Tap. ;-)

      • Don Morse

        where does google now fit in? the screen swipe is just a function of Android.

        • Justin_Herrick

          Because now there’s even more of a reason to launch Google Now on Tap.

  • DJ

    I have a Nexus 6 and i don’t see Now on Tap any where…

    • Justin_Herrick

      The Google app is being updated. Keep your eye on the Play Store page or find the APK download!

      If you mean you don’t have Google Now on Tap at all, then keep waiting for Marshmallow. :-/

      • DJ

        I have 6.0.1 on a Nexus 6..

        • Justin_Herrick

          Then you’re missing the version of the Google app needed.

      • hzd

        Long press the home key in crome, you should get a notification to enable it or it will already appear.

        If neither of these happen you have the wrong version of googe now / launcher for your device or its not supported in your region