I have to tell you I’m more than a little disappointed and frustrated that I cannot easily grab a screenshot on my Droid X without using either the Android SDK or rooting the phone (see my other Droid X frustrations). The ability to grab screenshots on both iPhone’s and Blackberry’s is built-in. Shouldn’t Android devices have this too?
These instructions on how to capture a screenshot on your Droid X (or Droid or Droid 2, and maybe other Android phones too. . . ) with the Android SDK aren’t original, but they are customized a little for the way I did it.
- Download and install the Java SDK appropriate for your OS.
- Download the Android SDK and unzip it to a convenient location.
- Enable USB Debugging on your Droid (Home, Settings, Applications, Development, check USB Debugging).
- Connect your Droid to your PC via USB cable.
- Open the Android SDK folder and browse to “tools” and run the “ddms.bat” file.
- Navigate to the screen you want to capture on your Droid.
- In DDMS select Device, Screen Capture.
- DDMS will capture the screen & display it. You can then save and capture as many screens as you’d like.