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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by demented, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. demented

    demented Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Good day,

    When I try taking a screenshot of a text message, the Task Manager keeps popping up, and when i touch 'back' whilst still pressing the 'home' button and then retry again, the 'back' buton works independently despite the holding in of the 'home' button. The image captures the message list screen and not the message itself.

    Any solutions???????

  2. pixaro

    pixaro Well-Known Member

    I am also looking for a way to take the screenshot of a text message. I tried a lot. But I could not. It captures only the message list.
  3. Marcha

    Marcha Well-Known Member

    Hi there,
    It is possible, although you have to be kinda lucky. I tried it out. Open your text message. Push the home buttom + on/off button about at the same time. Don't hold the home button too long, because it will vibrate and then you're too late. Then release both buttons at the same time. If you're lucky, the Task Manager screen won't pop up (unfortunately most of the time it does). Once every now and then the screen shot will be made before the Task Manager screen will show. It takes several trials though.
  4. Marcha

    Marcha Well-Known Member

    Hi again,
    I've just answered this in another post, something I just found on the internet (additional to my earlier post). It's much easier this way: first press home button until Task Manager appears, then push back button (keep holding the home button). Task Manager will disappear again. Only then press on/off button (still with home button pressed).
  5. demented

    demented Newbie
    Thread Starter

    on/off button locks the screen
  6. Marcha

    Marcha Well-Known Member

    It won't if you let go of the on/off button before releasing the home button.
  7. demented

    demented Newbie
    Thread Starter

    power button still locks the screen. i believe its home+back button to take screen shot on the Ace.
  8. rcheung28

    rcheung28 Member

    Actually, even the capture animation and the vibration occurs at the message list screen, if you go into gallery, it actually took a screenshot of the text message conversation. I guess the animation was just a bit late.
  9. Marcha

    Marcha Well-Known Member

    Hi Demented,
    It seems like your phone is working differently than mine. With me it works perfectly. Good luck with it.
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  10. starsky101

    starsky101 Lurker

    To get a screen shot of text messages in particular open up whichever text message you want hold down the back and home key and when it goes back to your list of messages use another finger to re-open the text message (while still holding down the back and home key), release the home key, continue to hold the back key down and it should work fine
    demented likes this.
  11. Marcha

    Marcha Well-Known Member

    It seems like different Aces have different methods for taking a screenshot. I've tried all kinds, including your way. With me back + home won't work, no matter in what order or in combination with whatever other buttons. I guess everyone should try for themselves which method will be effective for their phones.
  12. demented

    demented Newbie
    Thread Starter

    YAY, your method worked..lol :)

    thanks a bunch
  13. ajeetsingh272

    ajeetsingh272 Lurker

    Ya we can take screenshot in ace by pressing two key
    Back key than home key quickly
  14. jagankumar

    jagankumar Newbie


    Press Home+Power buttons to take screenshot for messages. This works for me and it is 2.3.4 Gingerbread DDKQ6.
  15. jagankumar

    jagankumar Newbie


    Press Home+Power to take screenshot for messages. It works for me and it is 2.3.4 Gingerbread.DDKQ6. I think, it varies for Countries.
  16. gandaran

    gandaran Newbie

    for 2.3.6
  17. Marcha

    Marcha Well-Known Member

    This last post is exactly the same method as I've described before in this thread. I have 2.3.5 Gingerbread.XWKS9, but obviously others with the same version need to use the back- and power button method. Maybe there's also a difference in what country you're in or other factors may make the difference.
    Let's come to the conclusion that is either back- and home button or home- and power button.
  18. druidd

    druidd Lurker

    I'm not sure if this will be of any use any more, but to anyone who found this thread through googling this problem, it might help.

    When I hold the back button and tap the power button, the screen switches back to the message board. I found a work-around. First, go to the message thread. Hold the back button, which will take you to the message board. (If you try to navigate back to the message thread while holding the back button, the screen will flicker back to the message board before a capture can take place.) You must first do a screen capture of the message board. Then, while still holding the back button, you should be able to navigate to the message thread and do a screen capture.
  19. diamelles

    diamelles Lurker

    While holding the home button the back button wont work..any other ideas?
  20. socrates0

    socrates0 Android Enthusiast

    Up to android 2.3.4 it was home + back button. 2.3.5 onwards its power + home
  21. pm5544

    pm5544 Android Enthusiast

  22. Marcha

    Marcha Well-Known Member

    When making your first screenshot a map called "Screencapture" will automatically be created on your SD-card, so no special action is required. :)
  23. pm5544

    pm5544 Android Enthusiast

    Is it ok to delete all screenshots from the gallery?
  24. DragonSlayer95

    DragonSlayer95 Resident Air Bender

    As long as you don't need those screenies, yeah.

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