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Old December 19th, 2010, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Why isn't there a screen cap app for unrooted phones?

And I'm not talking about one of those connect your phone to your computer types...I want one *on the go* for unrooted phones...I don't know the first thing about unrooting a phone and I've only had my Samsung Transform for a few months so I don't want to mess something up!

So why is this something that's not available? Help this newb out!

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It's probably caused by Linux (kill me if I lie), you need acces to framebuffer to take screenshot and normal user don't have it. It's working when connected to computer using debugging mode, because ADB uses root access.

Taking screenshots on an Stock (Non Rooted)Android-based phone
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It's probably caused by Linux (kill me if I lie), you need acces to framebuffer to take screenshot and normal user don't have it. It's working when connected to computer using debugging mode, because ADB uses root access.

Taking screenshots on an Stock (Non Rooted)Android-based phone
So disappointing.

Thank you for your response though.
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There is a home replacement app that allows screenshots. Home ++ I think. It's aggrevating because everyone says "you have to root to do it" when I know there is a home replacement that allows it without root.

However, with that said, I could not justify switching from LauncherPro home launcher for the ONE advantage Home ++ offered IMHO.

I have also rooted and have no issues with screen capturing anymore. Z4root has a one step root button, and a one step 'unroot' button to make it simple as cake.

Honestly, I rooted for 1 main reason, for wireless wifi. But screencapture was a nice side benefit.

z4root + screenshot = you're set.
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There is a home replacement app that allows screenshots. Home ++ I think. It's aggrevating because everyone says "you have to root to do it" when I know there is a home replacement that allows it without root.

However, with that said, I could not justify switching from LauncherPro home launcher for the ONE advantage Home ++ offered IMHO.

I have also rooted and have no issues with screen capturing anymore. Z4root has a one step root button, and a one step 'unroot' button to make it simple as cake.

Honestly, I rooted for 1 main reason, for wireless wifi. But screencapture was a nice side benefit.

z4root + screenshot = you're set.
Thank you so much for your response. One of the things I love so much about the internet is how total strangers will go out of their way to help you!

I found some stuff on z4root but I don't see my Samsung Transform listed as a compatible phone. Do you know if it would work on my phone?

[APP] One Click Root App 2.1 - z4root - Updated 1.3.0 - xda-developers
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I just put an ad on craigslist to hire someone to unroot my phone...yes, I hate that I can't do a screen cap *that* much.
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I use Z4root, to temp root my Incredible. Most apps for root work with this root. Shoot me(screenshot app) works, Boot Control (reboot/power down app using only touch screen) works, Titanium backup works.
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I just put an ad on craigslist to hire someone to unroot my phone...yes, I hate that I can't do a screen cap *that* much.
You can't UNroot your phone if it's not already rooted. And if it is already rooted, then any of the screen capture apps should work. I think what you want is to have someone *root* your phone, not *UNroot* it.
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I use Z4root, to temp root my Incredible. Most apps for root work with this root. Shoot me(screenshot app) works, Boot Control (reboot/power down app using only touch screen) works, Titanium backup works.
I read about z4root and it looks like something beyond what I'd feel comfortable doing on my own.

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Doh! Thanks for the correction!
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I read about z4root and it looks like something beyond what I'd feel comfortable doing on !
It is a One click root app. I was scared at first too. It also comes with a one click unroot. Couldn't be easier. Just don't delete anything that comes stock on the phone without doing a full backup first.
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It is a One click root app. I was scared at first too. It also comes with a one click unroot. Couldn't be easier. Just don't delete anything that comes stock on the phone without doing a full backup first.
So it's an app? You just install it on your phone, press a button and that's it? I thought there was all kinds of stuff about downloading stuff on your computer, connecting your computer & phone, installing something on your phone after doing x, y & z and *then* one click to root.

And where can I find this app? I've searched the market and can't find it anywhere!
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So it's an app? You just install it on your phone, press a button and that's it? I thought there was all kinds of stuff about downloading stuff on your computer, connecting your computer & phone, installing something on your phone after doing x, y & z and *then* one click to root.

And where can I find this app? I've searched the market and can't find it anywhere!
Not for Z4root. I found it, downloaded it, ran it. It works. It is on and off the market, so watch for it, or i think there might be a link to it at the XDA forums.
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Don't be afraid to root. Most people root to install ROMs. I rooted a couple of months ago. I still haven't installed any ROMs, but I do use root for apps like drocap2, AdFree, and Wireless Tether.

And with apps like z4root out there, anyone can root. Really.
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Not for Z4root. I found it, downloaded it, ran it. It works. It is on and off the market, so watch for it, or i think there might be a link to it at the XDA forums.
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I posted a link to something like that earlier but when I thought I had to do all this crazy stuff I didn't bother looking into it. Looks like I have to register on their forum to get the file.

I still don't see Samsung Transform on the list of phones though...should I be concerned about that???
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ShootMe app works fine on my unrooted EVO.
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ShootMe app works fine on my unrooted EVO.
I tried it awhile ago on my unrooted Transform...no luck.

If we had 4G where I live I would have gone with the damn EVO but why pay the extra $ every month when you don't have the service, you know?
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Thanks for the info.



I posted a link to something like that earlier but when I thought I had to do all this crazy stuff I didn't bother looking into it. Looks like I have to register on their forum to get the file.

I still don't see Samsung Transform on the list of phones though...should I be concerned about that???
Some phones that will work is not on the list. if your not sur, z4root has 2 options.

temporary root, your phone will be rooted until the next time u restart your phone than it wont be rooted any more after restart) Should work on 99% of android phones.

and the pernament root,
[APP] z4root - xda-developers

find the download in the first post in this link.

Z4root is not available on the market any more. what u need to install it is go to the market and search for app installer, i have the one from funtrigger.

then to get z4root on ur phone , plug it in ur to pc, and move the z4root file on ur sd card. not in a folder.

then un hook the phone from ur computer, and run app installer, it will bring up a list scroll to the bottom and choose the z4root file, and install it.

then run z4root. you can always just use the temporary root to try it out, then if you like it do the pernament root.
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It looks like z4 might work on the transform.

Root for transform? - Sprint Android Forum

I also saw another thread somewhere that said it was the same root as the epic.
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Ditto this!
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Ran the temporary root. Not one single screen shot app works. Error messages on all of them. Some even say that my phone isn't rooted.

This is really starting to suck.

I found this, but there's some kind of crazy thing you have to do to get it to work and I have *no* idea what it all means.

Screen Capture -No Rooting 2.1 - Android app on AppBrain
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Ran the temporary root. Not one single screen shot app works. Error messages on all of them. Some even say that my phone isn't rooted.

This is really starting to suck.

I found this, but there's some kind of crazy thing you have to do to get it to work and I have *no* idea what it all means.

Screen Capture -No Rooting 2.1 - Android app on AppBrain
Go back to the app and if it says temp root/ permanent root, it did not work. If it says re-root/ un-root, then it worked. If it didn't work, then do a reboot, and try it again. I had to try it a few times before it finally worked. Recheck what it says after each try. Should look like this when it works.
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I'm so frustrated right now it's giving me a headache...can anyone install this from the link, read the instructions in the install guide and figure out what it means?

Once you install it you go to Options >> Install Guide

What I am reading there makes NO sense to me.

Screen Capture -No Rooting 2.1 - Android app on AppBrain

All "the dude" wanted was his rug back.

All this dude wants is to be able to take a screen cap on his phone.

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Go back to the app and if it says temp root/ permanent root, it did not work. If it says re-root/ un-root, then it worked. If it didn't work, then do a reboot, and try it again. I had to try it a few times before it finally worked. Recheck what it says after each try. Should look like this when it works.
Ok...thanks...will try again...if I don't blow my brains out first....
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With the above root app, Shootme works perfectly. It;s what i took the screenshot with.
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Ok...thanks...will try again...if I don't blow my brains out first....
Patience grasshopper!
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Ok I got the screen you posted, installed ShootMe, shook the phone, heard camera noise, went to SD card, went to ShootMe folder and it says:

(directory is empty)

I feel like Charlie Brown and Lucy is pulling that dang football away....... :/
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Did Shootme get superuser access? Open the shootme app, and go through it's process of acquiring access, then go back and try it again.
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Did Shootme get superuser access? Open the shootme app, and go through it's process of acquiring access, then go back and try it again.
Yes.

I've tried it several times now.

Says, "trying to start server" then I get the "shakemode is active blah blah blah you can find your screenshots under /sdcard.ShootMe" message

I press "hide", shake the phone, hear the camera noise........and nothing........

It's gotta be the Transform...what else could it be?

Now I've been doing the temporary root...I'm afraid to try the permanent...but I can do permanent and then unroot if it still doesn't work?
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Did you try looking in a different gallery folder?

The temp root is all i do.
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The temp root is all i do.
I've looked in all of them.
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Wow, i don't know then. Keep playing with it, or try a different screenshot app. Make sure you have root, too. If you reboot on temp root, it will lose root, and you will have to re-do it. Or un then re-install shootme.
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Wow, i don't know then. Keep playing with it, or try a different screenshot app. Make sure you have root, too. If you reboot on temp root, it will lose root, and you will have to re-do it. Or un then re-install shootme.
I've tried 4 screenshot apps. It keeps telling me I have root and I haven't rebooted until now. Gonna try the permanent root and see what happens.

Thank you much for all of your help. I really can't believe there isn't something like this built into the phones already. If iPhone can do it I don't know why droid can't.
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I really can't believe there isn't something like this built into the phones already. If iPhone can do it I don't know why droid can't.
I agree. Should be a part of it's basic functionality. Sorry you couldn't get it to work.
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Just had a quick thought. Do you have Astro File MAnager ? If you do, you might look through it to see if your screenshots are there somewhere. Maybe under Shootme.
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Just had a quick thought. Do you have Astro File MAnager ? If you do, you might look through it to see if your screenshots are there somewhere. Maybe under Shootme.
That's what I've been using to browse them. No luck.

I think it's becoming more clear that the issue is the Transform phone. It says on the screen that the phone is rooted but no screen cap apps work. I even tried one from GIK Soft called screenshot and the first thing that pops up when I open it is a dialog box that says, "only works with rooted phones"

I try to take a screenshot with it and get "pixel format error. only 16bpp or 32 bpp are supported"

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Odd, with that "screenshot" program I get that error message about 16bpp or 32bpp yet something still shows up in the "screenshot" folder...but when I open the image it's just a blank screen.

So perhaps there's a setting?

Ugh...obsession is a bad, bad thing....
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Camera setting maybe? Can bits per pixel be changed?
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Is it a new SD card? If so, was it formatted before use?
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Camera setting maybe? Can bits per pixel be changed?
No luck. I give up for tonight. Looks like my only hope may be the one for unrooted phones that I linked to earlier in the thread...if I could just figure out what the hell else needs to be installed to make it work.

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Is it a new SD card? If so, was it formatted before use?
Card was formatted. Changed phone to 1 megapixel and it still doesn't work.
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Yankee Whiskey! Sorry we couldn't get it to work.
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Do you have display settings to change display rendering or resolution? The issue might have to do with how your screen renders images.
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Sometimes it takes a while to load pictures. If you have switch pro widget, there's a toggle switch called reload media. You could try that.
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I don't know...I've tried everything. I give up.
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I use Z4root, to temp root my Incredible. Most apps for root work with this root. Shoot me(screenshot app) works, Boot Control (reboot/power down app using only touch screen) works, Titanium backup works.
Does the permanent root work on the incredible?
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Hasn't yet. I keep trying.
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Hasn't yet. I keep trying.
Let us know if you ever get it to work.
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