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Taking Screenshots on Fire Devices



When you submit your app to the Amazon Appstore, you must include various screenshots of your app. This guide describes the process of taking screenshots on Fire devices.

Depending on the model, there are different methods to take screenshots on Kindle Fire tablets. For any Kindle Fire tablet, you can take a screenshot from your development computer. On Kindle Fire tablets that have physical volume control buttons, you can also use the hardware buttons on the tablet to take a screenshot.

Taking Screenshots on Fire TV

  1. First make sure you’ve added added ADB to your path.

  2. From a terminal session, type the following, changing filename.png to the screenshot file name you want:

    adb shell screencap -p /sdcard/filename.png

    Note that /sdcard is actually an emulated SD card. No physical SD card is required.

  3. Transfer the screenshot from your Fire TV device to your computer using the following command. Change /tmp to the directory on your computer where you want to transfer the screenshot:

    adb pull /sdcard/filename.png /tmp

    Then change to the directory and open the file:

    cd /tmp
    open filename.png

    To delete the screenshot from the /sdcard location, use the rm (remove) command:

    adb shell rm /sdcard/filename.png

Taking Screenshots on Fire Tablets and Fire Phone

To take screenshots on Fire Phone and Fire tablets (3rd and 4th Gen), you can use the physical buttons on the device.

Before taking a screenshot, locate the Volume Down button and the Power button.

  1. With the device powered on, press and hold down the Volume Down button and Power button together for one second. The screen will flash briefly and a smaller image of the screen will appear in the center of the screen to indicate a successful screenshot. If the volume is turned up, you’ll hear a shutter sound just before the screen flashes.
  2. Release the buttons.
  3. Using a USB cable, connect the tablet to your computer.

    On Windows: Navigate to Internal Storage > Pictures > Screenshots on the device. The screenshots are saved with filenames that include the year, month, day, hour, minute, and second in the format: Screenshot_yyyy-mm-dd-hh-mm-ss.png.

    On Mac OS X: Install a free app, Android File Transfer(AFT), to complete a USB transfer. Visit android.com/filetransfer and follow the onscreen instructions. After installation, the AFT application starts automatically when you plug in your Fire device. In the AFT window, navigate to Pictures > Screenshots. The screenshots are saved with filenames that include the year, month, day, hour, minute, and second in the format: Screenshot_yyyy-mm-dd-hh-mm-ss.png as shown below:

Android File Transfer window