Tuesday, March 30, 2010

How To Take Android Screenshots on a Mac

If you have ever wondered how to take screenshots for applications running on an Android phone, you can do it for free if you have Java on your machine and have downloaded the Android SDK.

  1. Download the Android SDK
  2. On your Android phone, select Settings ->Applications -> Development
  3. Select Enable USB Debugging by placing a check box next to it
  4. Connect your Android device via USB to your Mac
  5. Run android-sdk-mac_86/tools/ddms (Dalvik Debug Monitor) (Note: it may be easier to add the tools directory in your path)
  6. Select the device in the Dalvik Debug Monitor as illustrated above
  7. Type Control + S or go to Dalvik Debug Monitor --> Device --> Screen Capture
  8. Voila!  
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Elena said...


I tried exactly as your instruction goes, and after I added the tools directory to my profile PATH, I still get an error when running the ddms. The error message is about an "adb" file that is not found in the tools directory, I could not find this file anywhere. Is the "ddms" I am running a different script that uses this adb file? How can I fix this issue?



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this is not even the full method. its just a part. i tried it and it did not work. if u really want a method that works try this : http://graemeeyre.info/?p=648. this guy is just awesome..

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