How to take a screenshot on Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL

This is a must-know ability of these two smartphones. The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL have been blessed with powerful hardware specifications routed to work along latest Android Pie firmware. This Android version ensures that you have the latest interface, apps, and features on your phone. While you must explore new features on your phone, you shouldn’t miss the basic ones. In this tutorial, we’ll help you to take a screenshot on Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL through different methods. We detail methods to take normal and scrolling screenshots on these smartphones.

Indeed, this ability is really helpful. No matter whether we are using an application, playing a game, or browsing web pages, we can easily capture them. Most importantly, this ability comes inbuilt within these two smartphones. So, there’s no need to use any sort of third-party application or utility to take screenshots. However, you can use third-party apps to extend this ability and precisely use it further. There are heaps of such applications and we recommend you to stick with — Screenshot Easy application.

This application costs nothing, whereas it can help you speed up the ‘screenshots taking process’ and bring out some extra juice. Through this app, you can manage to take screenshots on your Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL through different ways. The most noteworthy thing about this application is that it allows users to set a custom path for the captured screenshots. Whereas, by default, screenshots are saved within Screenshot name folder. For those who are frequent to use this feature, this app should help them improve productivity and speed. That should definitely save some good amount time and efforts.

There’s an essential thing that we should know. On Android phones, we can also take scrolling screenshots. We can take screenshots of those pages having vertical lengths. For example, you’re browsing the Internet and figure some important that you point out and share with your friends. Instead of sharing the URL of that page, you can take a screenshot of that whole page, of course, that would be having a length in the vertical direction. Or the same goes for ebooks and similar contents. Simply, you can capture any content that lengths vertically. And sooner and later, you would need this thing.

Taking screenshots on Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL is similar to what we do with other devices. The operation is quick and simple to follow. Though these two smartphones do not have the palm gesture feature like Samsung’s smartphones, but Google has added a shortcut to Power OFF menu. You can take screenshots just using the Power menu option on your phone. We will walk you through these different methods that you can use any time on your phone capture screenshots.

You can access these screenshots directly from the Gallery app or a file manager application. Without ado, we shall move forward and learn these different methods to take screenshots on Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones.

Take a screenshot on Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL

How to take a screenshot on Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL

  1. Open the app/page/location/game/screen that you want to capture.
  2. Then, press and hold Volume Down and Power buttons at the very same time.
  3. The screenshot has been taken successfully on your phone and a pop-up screen should appear like this:
  4. There you can choose to edit, share or delete this captured screenshot.

That’s how you can take screenshots on your Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Right after the screenshot is captured, you are served with further options. These options allow you to edit, share and delete this screenshot.

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By default, these screenshots are saved under Internal Memory/Pictures/Screenshots/ directory. Either you can use the file manager application or the Gallery app to locate these screenshots. You must know that there’s no way to change the default path where these high-resolution shots are saved. There’s one more small detail that you might want to know.

The resolution of the screenshot depends up the resolution that you’ve set on your phone. Most probably, you can customize the screen resolution through display settings. On these two smartphones, Google implanted a screenshot button on the Power Off menu as well. So, we can use that as well. The following guide should help you with the required steps.

Take screenshots using the Power key on Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL

How to take screenshots using the Power key on Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones

This time, Google has added a screenshot button within the Power OFF menu. This will help you capture any screen that you want. It works even when the phone is locked. The following instructions shall guide you properly:

  1. Get to the page, app, game or Window that you want to capture.
  2. Now, press and hold the Power button to pull the Power OFF menu.
  3. From the list, tap on ‘Screenshot’ option.
  4. That will take a screenshot of that particular screen instantly.

Thereafter, you are free to apply further actions like to edit, share or delete that picture. These are the two fundamental methods for taking screenshots on Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL. There’s no doubt that the second method somewhat reduces the efforts of holding two buttons together.

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Next, we will discuss scrolling screenshots. That would surely help you get the most of this ability and use your phone effectively.

How to take scrolling screenshots on Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL

While we take usual screenshots on our Android phones, right after that a popup screen appears. That window offers a few options to take instant action on the screenshot that has been taken. Along with these, there’s one more option; ‘scroll capture’ or ‘capture more’. If you tap on this option, it will continue to take a screenshot and scrolls down the screen. Thus, you can capture contents having a vertical length.

Here’s an example of scrolling screenshot that we have taken:

Take scrolling screenshots on Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL

That’s how it looks. If you’re interested to take such shots on your phone, just follow the below steps:

  1. Open the app/page/game or anything that you want to capture.
  2. To take a screenshot, just press and hold Volume Down and Power buttons at the very same time.
  3. Now, tap on ‘scroll capture’ or ‘capture more’ button to keep taking a screenshot while screen scrolls downward direction.
  4. Tap on the screen to finish the capturing process.

That’s the way to take screenshots of webpages, ebooks and similar screens where the content length vertically.

That ends our tutorial that helps to take screenshots on Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones. Above, we have discussed two methods to carry out this task. Additionally, you can extend this ability using the third-party apps like Screenshot Easy. Or just head onto the Google Play and search for these applications.

If you figure something bad or face any issue while following this guide, do write to us. Leave your comments and thoughts below so we can update this post or help you further. We hope that our readers would like this guide. Stay connected with us for more useful tutorials and round-ups.


  1. Hi, I don’t see a “scroll capture” option on my Pixel 3. The only window that pops up lets you share, edit or delete. Any other ways I can scroll capture?

  2. Scrolling screenshot is not true. This feature (with all the naming in the text above) is from Samsung. Not sure if Google will implement this. I’m in Android Q right now and the scrolling screenshot isn’t there.

  3. I think you should omit the part of your post saying about scrolling screenshot, because otherwise you’re just purporting false information to people.

  4. Scrolling capture is not a native Android feature at this time (2019-07-25). You should probably clarify in your post that this is a Samsung only option or remove that bit completely. Looking for that option is what brought me here, and your article turned out to be misleading, even after others have pointed out the error.

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