How to take a screenshot on a BlackBerry


Taking a screenshot, or ‘screen grabbing’ on your mobile device is the new copy and paste. And why? Because it’s by far one of the easiest ways to replicate information on your smartphone without going to fuss of selecting specific amounts of text or images, and pasting them somewhere else. The lazy man’s copy and paste dream, basically.

Whether it’s for your own personal reference or to send on it someone else, by simply taking a screenshot, you can easily record exactly what’s on your screen, be it text or images, with a simple button press.

However, phone makers don’t necessarily tell you how to do it, and the key press combination required to perform the action isn’t exactly easy to work out if you don’t know how. Good job then that this quick and easy step-by-step guide is here to show you how easy it is to take a screenshot on a Blackberry. And guess what, it’s probably easier than you think.

1: Arrange the screen

There’s something on your Blackberry screen that you want to make a note or copy of for safe keepings. Arrange the content on the screen however you like, remembering that whatever you see is exactly what your screen shot will look like once an image is made.

2: Take the screenshot

To take an exact copy of what's on screen and to save it, simply press the Volume Up key and the Volume Down key at the same time. You’ll hear your phone make a camera shutter button type sound to confirm it has worked. And that’s it; you’re done!

3: Find the screenshot

To view your screenshot that you’ve just taken, head to the BlackBerry Pictures app, tap the more tabs icon (three horizontal lines) and then tap the date icon (a camera and calendar image). The screen shots should be there waiting for you. If you have BlackBerry Balance on your device, switch to your workspace. In the Pictures app, perform the same action as above.


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