How To: Android P Finally Lets You Edit Screenshots — Here's How It Works

Android P Finally Lets You Edit Screenshots — Here's How It Works

Samsung has had a rich screenshot editor in TouchWiz for years, and Apple even added a similar feature to iOS 11. Until now, stock Android has lagged behind in this area, but that's finally fixed in Android P.

Screenshot editing in Android P is actually rather intuitive. To start, just take a screenshot like you normally would. For most phones (including Pixel and Nexus devices), that's as simple as holding the volume down and power buttons simultaneously for a second or two.

Once you've taken your screenshot, you'll see a new button on the heads up-style notification — it says "Edit." Just tap this "Edit" button and you'll immediately be taken to a menu where you can edit the screenshot.

It's just calling on the editing activity from Google Photos, though, so it's pretty bare-bones compared to Apple and Samsung's offerings. You can't draw on the screenshots, add arrows, or do any other form of highlighting, though that could easily be added in a future update to Google Photos.

For now, this at least gives us stock Android users a simple way to crop screenshots, which is a big step in the right direction. We'll keep digging into the Android P developer preview that Google just launched to see if we can find any other interesting features like this, so stay tuned for more coverage!

Cover image and screenshots by Dallas Thomas/Gadget Hacks

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thank you for this little guide I did't know it was so simple.

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