Sprint EVO 4G does screenshots without root access

TheSprint HTC EVO 4G takes screenshots like a champ, and it does it without needing any root access. Rather than have you jump through a couple of hoops, and install the Android SDK in order to get screenshots, the EVO 4G parts with most of the Android pack and allows you to capture your current as a picture.

So what do you need to do to be able to take screenshots on your EVO? It’s simple really. Go into the Android Market and download an application called ShootMe. Once it’s installed, all you need to do is goto where you want your screenshot to be taken, and give the phone a good shake. You’ll hear a camera shot sound, and you’re done. The screenshots are saved into your SD card in the ShootMe folder. Ta Da. While it’s not the most important thing you’ll ever do with your phone, enough people have requested this option, so it’s nice to see that this application works for the EVO.

If you do happen to have root on your device, the ShootMe app should work just fine for you too. The dev who created ShootMe found an exploit in the Android 1.5, which enables root users to take screenshots. As for the EVO, we’re not actually sure why it has the capability without root access.

This comes at a good time for those potential EVO buyers who would want this feature, although it shouldn’t be a deal breaker if you couldn’t. Thanks to a huge display and processing power coming out of every port, this will be the Android phone that absolutely floors all devices on the market today. For now, at least.

I’d be preordering this thing if I didn’t already have one, but more so if it came with Android 2.2. I wish the resolution on the display was higher, as sometimes certain things look washed out, especially when I have the Nexus One side by side to it. But hey, the Nexus One sure can’t take screenshots without root. Point, Supersonic.

[Via: Androinica]

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  • rymo

    Sure enough, works without root. Nice tip, thanks!

  • Travis

    Doesn’t work without root any longer… running EVO with firmware 2.1-update1, kernel version 2.05.00.06.10.

  • Evo4You.com – Kevin

    Its works Great on the Evo 4G! I watched a friend of mine try to download the SDK and go through tons of headaches and he still couldn’t take one screen-shot. This App is really awesome, thanks for the info.

  • Chad Gabriel

    I just updated my EVO 4G to 2.3.3 and then download and installed ShootMe.  When launching I get the error that states “Failed starting server.  Please check that you have ***ROOT*** access on your device and enabled access to the lower level graphics.”  Bummer!

  • http://twitter.com/DannyMfnMichel Danny Michel

    Doesn’t work. Still asking me for root access. Please modify or remove this

  • Dk2004

    Stopped working as of last system update

  • james

    so what happens if I am on the bus reading a book in the Kindle app… will my phone fill up with millions of useless screen shots because my phone keeps shaking?

    • thedirector227

      it would only work once you actually turn on the app…not just randomly.  duh

  • Miss_nicole Snow

    All you need to do to take a screenshot is hold down the power button then quickly tap the home key. DONE!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1066823893 James Barrett

      That doesn’t seem to work on the HTC Evo 4g.

  • Brownc05

    Hold power button and press home key…simple…no.downloads required…
    EVO 3d

    • Zoo

      this hasn’t worked for me.. :/

  • Chendezbecky

    Can’t Find the app on Market? Help plz Really wanna have this app

  • Thedirector227

    This does not work with the new update…sorry.  
    Evo 4G
    2.3.3
    Baseband: 2.15.00.0808
    Kernal: 2.6.35
    Build: 4.53.651
    Software: 4.53

  • Rogers438

    This app is no longer available on the market.

  • NP

    press the power button and the “home” button at the same time…. screenshot should take and save in your camera photos

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