How to grab a screenshot from iPhone, Android, and nearly any other smartphone

Let's share the masterpieces of organization we put so much time into. Not your desk, of course--your phone.

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BlackBerry

I don’t own a BlackBerry and have only occasionally borrowed one from friends and relatives. So I defer to Amit Agarwal, the endlessly crafty and inquisitive blogger at Digital Inspiration who outlined the best ways to take a screenshot of a BlackBerry. One is a command line tool that relies on Java on both the phone and a desktop system. The other is a more graphically friendly Windows application. Finally, there’s a third option for wireless, phone-only screenshots. Some of the original applications have gone misssing, but Digital Inspiration mirrored them all on their own SkyDrive.

Windows Phone

Update: On Windows Phone 8, taking a screenshot is iPhone-style simple: press and hold the Windows key and the power button, as described and video-demonstrated by Microsoft. On Windows Phone 7, however ...

It is not fun, nor cheap, to snag screenshots of your Windows Phone (7), unless you’ve already unlocked your phone as a developer. If not, you’ll have to unlock your phone for $99 as if you were a developer. Paul Thurrott explains the Windows Phone 7 screenshot process, which includes unlocking, deploying a custom-made screenshot app onto your phone with the developer kit, and grabbing the JPG files saved to your phone using Microsoft’s desktop Zune sofware.

WebOS

If nothing else, WebOS owners need to show their other smartphone-wielding friends how cool and fluid their interface can be, right? So here’s how to take a screenshot on WebOS phones and tablets:

For webOS phones, simultaneously press Orange/Gray Key+Sym+P. For the HP_Touchpad, press Home Key+Power. In either case, screenshots will be saved to the "Screen captures" folder in the "Photos" app.


With all that out of the way, could I compel you, once again, to fling me a few of your screenshots and a quick explanation of how you organized them? Leave a comment here, maybe with a gallery link in your photo sharing space of choice, or try my Google+ post

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