Hands-on with Android 12’s scrolling screenshot feature

Android 12 Beta 3 scrolling screenshot editor

Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority

Sometimes Google can quickly adopt new features for Android that appear first on other OEM’s devices, but this is not common. Samsung pioneered split-screen apps (aka multi-window) on Android years ago, and it took Google up to version 7.0 Nougat to add them to Android. Support for scrolling screenshots – another feature that was available on Samsung, Huawei, and OnePlus devices – is another in-demand feature that took Google far too long to bring to Android.

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Always wanted to take a screenshot of an entire website or app, but your phone only allows you to capture what is currently on your screen? Scroll screenshots allow you to capture as much of the website or app as you want. You start by taking a screenshot as you normally would and then tap a button to capture more content.

However, not all functions for scrolling screenshots are created equally. Google’s implementation in Android 12 only allows you to take scrolling screenshots of apps, not websites accessed through Chrome – which happens to be what most people want to use scrolling screenshots for in the first place. Chrome is the default browser on Pixel phones, after all.

In its announcement of the feature, Google said that screenshot scrolling will only work if your app uses a standard “view-based user interface,” which Chrome doesn’t. The company said it will continue to iterate on scrolling screenshots and release updates to functionality in Beta 4 and other future versions of Android. We’ll definitely update this article as soon as Google provides better support for more apps. But now let’s see how they work.

How to take a scrolling screenshot on Android 12

It’s easier than ever to take a scrolling screenshot on Android 12. That’s how it’s done.

  • First, make sure your compatible Pixel smartphone is running Android 12 Beta 3. Here’s how to install it on your Pixel smartphone, or find out if your device is compatible.
  • Take a screenshot by pressing the Power + Volume Down buttons at the same time.
  • A new option, “Capture More” will appear in the screenshot popup. Tap that button and your phone will bring up a new screen where you can record as much content as you want. A small magnifying glass should appear so that you can crop more precisely.
  • When you’re done cropping, you can either tap the Save button to save the screenshot to your gallery, tap the Share button to share it with another app, or tap the little pencil icon to save the Edit screenshot and add text or notes.

For our purposes, the finished product should look like this:

Android 12 Beta 3 Scrolling Screenshot Feature Play Store Finale

Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority

Android 12 Beta 3 brings further useful new functions for pixel smartphones, such as improved auto-rotation functionality and a redesigned Styles & Wallpapers app. Stay tuned to find out more about Android 12 as we dig into the new version.

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