How to take a screen shot?

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    I'm sure this has been covered, but I have searched an couldn't find it. How do I take a screen shot on my Droid?

    Thanks in advance.
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    I use DroCap2 but it only works on rooted phones. I recall reading a thread that allowed members with non rooted phones to share screen shots so it must be possible but I do not know what app you need. Here is a linkhttp://www.androidzoom.com/android_applications/screen+capture/by_matching that has several screen capture apps. Perhaps one will meet your need.

    Mike
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    i think home ++ will take screenshots of non rooted droids
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    Thanks for the help.
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    DrpCap2 is useful. Just root! :)
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    I don't think any app on the phone will take screen caps without root. I think the only way to do it on non rooted phones is by using the Dalvik Debug Monitor in the Android SDK.

    I'll try to find a link to instructions if you want to try it.
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    there is an app on the market place called "ShootMe"
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    No app will work on non rooted phones.
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    home++ takes screenshots on non-rooted phones.
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    But it only lets you take screenshots of your home screen, doesn't work on other apps, lock screen, menus, etc.
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    thanks for the link coolbreeze, that's the method I use. Only thing this method doesn't seem to be able to capture is live camera views, they just show black. But I don't think there is a currently existing way to do that nor do I know why you'd really want to. :)
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    ... still waiting on a simple app from the market that will take screen shots with an un-rooted Droid.

    Should I grab a Snickers?
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    I think that this is my second gripe about a simple thing that Droid should either do or have an app for. Come on devs.
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    From what I've read over at XDA-Developers, it can't be done without root. Something about the need to read from a file in /dev/graphics that can't be accessed without root.

    If it were possible, I'm sure there'd already be 100 different apps out there. It's not a problem with the Droid, it's Android from it's first iteration up to 2.1.
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    Yea, I don't think there's a way of reliably grabbing the screen without rooting. What's wrong with installing the Android SDK and using eclipse to grab screenshots? Its not that hard to setup the development environment, and once you have it installed you can play around with making your own Android apps :)
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    you all need to learn what the android sdk is and how it has the MOST reliable screen capture program that can screenshot literally any screen on any phone, rooted or not.
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    He is talking about this: How to take screenshots of your Android based phone from Windows

    [EDIT] Not sure how I missed CoolBreezes post up there...time for new contacts I guess :p [/EDIT]
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