Take a Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy S2 after the Upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich

Thank you for checking out this tutorial. Reading the discussions in this post, seems like there is quite a number of people having troubles to take screenshots with Galaxy S2. To clear any confusions, I summarized some information and added as followings. Hope you could make it too. Fingers crossed.

First, make sure your Galaxy S2 is running Android version 4 or above.

Volume Down + Power Key will work fine.
Press both keys at the same time gently. In about 1 second, screen capture would be done. A notification and an animation would be shown too.

Edited on 12 July.

Press and hold power and volume down button together.Β This is the way to take screenshot in the new Android system 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. After the Samsung Galaxy S2 updated to this new version, it uses this method instead of the way mentioned in my old post.


  1. David

    This is how you screenshon on the Samsung Galaxy S II (2) 4.0.3.

    Press the home button then about half a second after press the lock key and hold for approx. 2 second.

    Phone will vibrate and flash… There is your screenshot.

    For more follow me on twitter @DaveattheCircus

  2. Amanda

    I have the Samsung galaxy S2 w/ ICS. Like others said I couldn’t get the screenshot to work by holding the down volume and power key. It probably took about 15 times trying but yes it does work now. I almost gave up and I am doing it the same way as when I first tried, so I’m not sure what was going on. My advice its keep trying….it’s working every time for me now…

  3. Josh

    it DOESNT WORK!! Why the F*** wont people who are offering solutions READ THE DAMN POSTS OF PEOPLE WHO ITS NOT WORKING FOR?!?!? my phone is NOT rooted, Power+VolumeDWN does NOT work. NOT together, NOT VolDWN/PWR, NOT PWR/VolDWN, No combination, variation of presses, duration of presses work. in fact LONGER than 4sec causes the phone to ask about shutting off.
    Surely a workaround to go back to the ORIGINAL Home+Power for 2sec needs to be brought back. F*** the task manager, I preferred that under Home button only for 2sec – AND ITS STILL THERE!!!! WHY DOES IT NEED TWO SHORTCUTS!?!?!?!?

  4. Vimal Srinivasan

    Well both shortcuts volume down + power and home + power works for me…
    Initially only home + power worked for me.. that I had a bit time figuring out. the day before yesterday I for some some software update, now both the short cut seems to be working…

  5. Diamond Brown

    None of these choices work for me. Don’t reply to me and say it did for you, that’s obnoxious. If you have tried said ways to get a screen shot and couldn’t then figured out a way that bo one has mentioned, your advice would be appreciated.

  6. marc

    So I tried a number of ways and it didn’t work for me task manager keeps coming up volume goes down and it also gives me the option to shut off my phone finally after countless hours of trying I figured it out not I’m not saying it will work for everyone but it works for me if u press the home button and power at the exact same time for two seconds it will work…..if u press the home before the power or vice versa then u get task manager or the option to turn it off……so press them at the exact same time!

    1. mike

      This worked for me. I was pulling my hair out on this one.
      Simultaenuosly press and hold Home and Power for ~half a second and you should see a quick animation and a picture taking sound.
      My SGS2 is a Tesco moble running ICS 4.0.3

  7. blair

    mine is S2 I9100GDXLP6S version 4.0.3.. the volume down and power button nt working for 4.0.4 i think..I have tried so many times but failed.. end up i press and hold Home and Power simultaneously for a second and you will see a quick picture with picture taking sound..anyway i have tried this combination for more than 10 times before it actually works.. so lets try it out..:)

  8. monotoonz

    it’s working just fine for me and I’m running on 4.0.4. I actually discovered the screen shot feature by accident. I was going to turn my volume down and hit the power button at the same time. I was like “wait… what?” and google’d it. PS. I held it for about 1 second. make sure you’re hitting AND holding both button at the same time.

  9. bullseye84gb

    Take 5 seconds.. Simultaneously press + hold (at the same time) the square home key below the screen and the power button for 2 seconds. Been trying all combinations and this one worked perfect 1st time and every time. O2 running ics 4.0.3


  10. newuser

    Canadian Rogers S2 LTE android 4. 2 weeks old. So inconsistent so as to be useless.
    -power and home at same time I sometimes get task manager, sometimes get screen shot, sometimes when screen shot is there and i keep holding i get screen shot of task manager.
    -Sometimes if i hit power button a split second before home icon i get the screen shot, sometimes not.
    Power and volume do nothing.
    Is this why folks prefer iphones??

  11. newuser

    Canadian Rogers S2 LTE android 4. : Screen shot now working most of the time as long as not running other apps such as wireless hotspot tethering. Have to press power button a microsecond before home icon then wait a couple of seconds. Perhaps it does not work well when phone is too busy processing other apps. Does not work at all if using as a wireless hotspot…just get the task manager. But thats OK since it is unlikely you would want a screen shot on phone when you are using a computer! Sorry Samsung and Android…you are still a great option over apple.

  12. kc

    I was frustrated with the screen capture. Then I figured out the way to do it. It is with the Power button and the Home button pressed at the same time like instructed by some. But make sure you clear all your open apps first by pressing and holding the home button then closing out all open apps. Then press the power and home buttons firmly for a couple of seconds and the screenshot will take place. it may taking some getting use to but it works…. I like the htc better when it comes to that option, it’s simple and quick.

    1. Janice

      Thanks Alex…but I promise I’m holding them both down. 1st the task manger come up (while I still have the home button & power button down) I hit back the task manager goes away but then the shutdown/restart comes up.

      Thanks but I guess I just can’t do it! I’m so over it…PISSED πŸ™

    1. Tim

      David, thank you! Your description is finally what helped me.

      Recap: It’s VERY IMPORTANT TO PRESS THE POWER BUTTON A SPLIT SECOND BEFORE PRESSING HOME. I’m now able to take a screenshot every time. Like David says, you need to press both keys very close in time, but press power slightly before home. It was driving me nuts before! VolDown+Power was just changing the volume and bringing up the power menu. Holding Home causes Task Manager to come up. Home+Power doesn’t work if you press Home first.

      Power+(0.1sec delay)+Home and hold for a second or two is the way to go.

      THANK YOU!

  13. Tara

    Thanks so much for posting this info. The old school home & power button combo worked perfectly for me BUT I’m a technophobe so I would really appreciate it if you could add some info on where the snapshot goes after I’ve taken it. I need to email it to someone & have no idea how to retrieve it & stick it in an email.

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