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LineageOS 17.1 review: Android 10, coming to an old phone near you

By Corbin Davenport


The continuation of CyanogenMod keeps on trucking

CyanogenMod was the king of custom Android ROMs for years. Not only did it add plenty of great features on top of stock Android (Theme Engine, anyone?), but it also brought newer versions of the OS to devices that were never officially updated. LineageOS has done an excellent job of maintaining that legacy over the past 3+ years, and the project recently released version 17.1 of the ROM, based on Android 10.

So, what is it like to use LineageOS in 2020? Does Lineage's take on Android 10 feel significantly different than the stock OS? That's what I wanted to find out, so I flashed the latest build on my trusty 2016 Google Pixel and had a look.


Clean and fast As always, LineageOS keeps the design and speedy performance of stock Android.
Device support62 devices are receiving nightly builds of LineageOS 17.1, as of the time of writing.


Few major features LineageOS 17.1 doesn't have quite an expansive feature list as previous versions, though some of that is justified. For example, Privacy Guard was removed because stock Android 10 has most of the same functionality.
Device support (again) There are some strange gaps in the roster of supported devices — while the 2016 Pixel and Pixel XL are receiving nighties, no other Pixels are.


I was a bit worried that the installation process had become more complicated in recent years, but at least on my Google Pixel, it's no more difficult than flashing a ROM on any of my other Pixel or Nexus devices was. Download the ROM, grab the appropriate Google Apps package (unless you want to go with hard mode), unlock the bootloader, and run a few ADB commands.

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This was my first time trying out Lineage Recovery, the project's custom recovery partition designed to be used in place of TWRP. It's built to handle devices with A/B partitions (a.a. seamless upgrades), and though it was first introduced almost two years ago, only now is it the default choice for all phones and tablets running LineageOS. In the announcement blog post, Lineage said some devices might also support other recoveries, but it would be up to the maintainers:

Lineage Recovery is now the defacto install solution for LineageOS. It will be built by default for all official devices. This was done purely to streamline the process and prevent having to coordinate releases. This is not at all to speak ill of other custom recoveries, they’re great! Several of them even contributed to Lineage Recovery in one way or another. Maintainers will, as always, be able to specify an alternative recovery on their device’s Wiki page, so long as they provide full instructions for its usage.

Lineage Recovery is rather light on features compared to TWRP — there's no file manager, or way to create full system backups — but it works just fine for installing Lineage and keeping it updated. Wiping the stock ROM on my Pixel and setting up Lineage was just as quick and painless, following the official installation guide.

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Once I rebooted into LineageOS, the setup process was largely identical to setting up any Android 10 phone — enter a Wi-Fi password, log into Google, you know the drill.

Stock, but slightly better

LineageOS still retains the look and feel of stock Android, but with a few added features. I've always preferred the design of stock Android over any OEM skin, so even though some of the functionality I'm used to on OxygenOS and One UI aren't here, I don't really have any complaints with the interface.

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By default, LineageOS looks identical to stock Android 10, but you can customize the appearance a bit. While the CyanogenMod Theme Engine of old is gone, and Lineage never fully supported Substratum theming, LineageOS 17.1 does introduce a completely new Styles page. It works similarly to the theme options on Pixel and OnePlus phones: you can set a custom font, icon shape, accent color, and so on. However, there doesn't seem to be a way to set a custom icon pack system-wide, like OxygenOS allows.

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There are also a few other minor improvements to the system, like the ability to capture partial screenshots from the power menu, Note10-style. LineageOS also now boasts support for pop-up/rotating cameras, in-screen fingerprint sensors, and Emoji 12 support in the AOSP keyboard.

While I do wish there were a few more features present from popular manufacturer ROMs (like the screen recorder with system audio from OxygenOS and One UI), I was excited to find out that LineageOS has support for scheduled dark mode. That's something my OnePlus 7 Pro can't do on its stock ROM, and was only recently added to Pixels.

Beyond all the LineageOS-specific tweaks, you also get everything from stock Android 10. That includes the new full-screen navigation gestures, improved notification management, the updated share menu, and much more. We have a list of every new Android 10 feature here, if you need a refresher.

The apps

Most of the work that goes into LineageOS is updating, or outright replacing, the core applications in AOSP (the open-source branch of Android). For example, AOSP doesn't really have a browser anymore, so Lineage developed its own from scratch that uses the system's WebView component. The browser is probably my favorite of Lineage's apps, especially since it stores tabs in the system app switcher — just like Chrome did years ago.

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The Music app is also built from scratch by Lineage, and it works well for playing locally-stored MP3s. It is a bit strange that it doesn't support changing the track time from the notification though, like many other music apps on Android 10.

I have to give props to the LineageOS team for its icon design — all the preinstalled applications have fantastic logos that are vaguely reminiscent of early Material Design icons. I'd almost forgotten what it was like to have app icons that weren't primary colors on a white circle.

The eternal ROM king

Countless custom ROMs have come and gone over the years, but LineageOS has managed to stick around during all that time. I don't mean to disparage the developers of other ROMs — maintaining an entire operating system in your free time is no small feat — but Lineage is still the only distribution that has reliably kept older phones and tablets up to date over the years.

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Even though I don't have a reason to use custom ROMs on my primary phones anymore, CyanogenMod and LineageOS have extended the life of several of my devices. In fact, the 2016 Pixel I used for this article is no longer supported by Google.

I'm glad to see LineageOS is alive and well, even in an age where the stock ROMs on most phones and tablets are good enough for most folks. It's keeping the dream of open-source Android alive, as well as preventing perfectly-functional phones from being thrown in landfills.

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LineageOS Android Distribution

A free and open-source operating system for various devices, based on the Android mobile platform.



Customization is paramount to productivity.
That’s why LineageOS promises to push for user personalization and preference.

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Your data, your rules. With powerful tools such as Privacy Guard, you are in control of what your apps can do whenever you want.

Trust will help you understand the security of your device and warn you about possible threats.

We take security very seriously: that’s why we deliver security updates every month to all our supported devices.
And to make your device more secure, lock everything behind an enhanced lock screen.



LineageOS extends the functionality and lifespan of mobile devices from more than 20 different manufacturers thanks to our open-source community of contributors from all around the world.

Want to contribute? See how you can make LineageOS better.

Power to you

Our open-source apps are here to help you get through the day.

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Power users will enjoy Unix command-line utilities.
Android developers will turn any device into the perfect device for apps development thanks to enhanced tools and exclusive APIs.

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Free and open-source operating system based on Android

LineageOS is an operating system for smartphones, tablet computers, and set-top boxes, based on Android with mostly free and open-source software. It is the successor to the custom ROM CyanogenMod, from which it was forked in December 2016 when Cyanogen Inc. announced it was discontinuing development and shut down the infrastructure behind the project.[4][5] Since Cyanogen Inc. retained the rights to the Cyanogen name, the project rebranded its fork as LineageOS.[6]

LineageOS was officially launched on 24 December 2016, with the source code available on both GitHub and GitLab.[7][8] As with all versions of Android, operating system releases are specific to a single device model. Since its launch, LineageOS development builds are available for 109 phone models[9] with over 2.8 million active installs,[10] having doubled its user base in the months February–March 2017.[11]


Main article: CyanogenMod

CyanogenMod (often abbreviated "CM") was a popular[12]open-sourceoperating system for smartphones and tablet computers, based on the Android mobile platform. Although only a subset of total CyanogenMod users elected to report their use of the firmware,[13] as of 23 March 2015, some reports indicated over 50 million people running CyanogenMod on their phones.[12][14]

In 2013, the founder, Stefanie Kondik, obtained venture funding under the name Cyanogen Inc. to allow commercialization of the project.[15][16] In her view, the company did not capitalize on the project's success and in 2016 she either left or was forced out[17][18] as part of a corporate restructure which involved a change of CEO, closure of offices and projects, and cessation of services.[19] The code itself, being both open source and popular, was quickly forked under the new name LineageOS and efforts began to resume development as a community project.

CyanogenMod offered a number of features and options not available in the official firmware distributed by most mobile device vendors. Features supported by CyanogenMod included native theme support,[20]FLAC audio codec support, a large Access Point Name list, Privacy Guard (per-application permission management application), support for tethering over common interfaces, CPU overclocking, root access, soft buttons and other "tablet tweaks," toggles in the notification pull-down (such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and satellite navigation), and other interface and performance enhancements. Many of the features from CyanogenMod were later integrated into the official Android code base. CyanogenMod's developers said that it did not contain spyware or bloatware.[21][22] CyanogenMod was also said to perform better and be more reliable than official firmware releases.[23]


Like CyanogenMod, the LineageOS project is developed by many device-specific maintainers and uses Gerrit for its code review process. It also retained the old versioning format (for example, Android 7.1 is LineageOS 14.1).

Prior to the official launch of LineageOS, many developers from XDA had already developed unofficial versions of LineageOS from the source code.

  • On 22 January 2017, the first 14.1 and 13.0 official builds started to be made available, following the official announcement in a blog post.[24]
  • On 11 February 2018, the 13.0 builds were stopped,[25] while the source code remains available and security fixes are still accepted on Gerrit.
  • On 26 February 2018, the first 15.1 official builds started to be available on certain devices, following official announcement in a blog post.[26] The 14.1 versions of Lineage OS were to remain in active development, but without feature advancements.
  • On 24 February 2019, the 14.1 builds were stopped and 15.1 builds moved to a weekly cadence[27]
  • On 1 March 2019, the first 16.0 official builds started to be available, following official announcement.[28] The 15.1 branch remained in active development, but without feature advancements.
  • On 28 February 2020, the 15.1 builds were stopped in preparation for the 17.1 release.[29]
  • On 1 April 2020, the first 17.1 builds were made available, following official announcement.[30] The 16.0 builds are moved to a weekly cadence while the branch remains in active development, but without feature advancements.
  • On 1 April 2021, the first 18.1 builds were made available, following official announcement.[1] The 17.1 branch remains in active development, but without feature advancements.

All the released builds are signed with LineageOS' private keys.[24]

Builds were released on a weekly basis until 12 November 2018, when the release cycle for devices has changed: the latest LineageOS branch is built daily, with devices receiving a "nightly" OTA update, while devices on the older branch were moved to a weekly release cycle.[31]


LineageOS allows the community to get involved with development in various ways. Gerrit is used for the code review process for both the operating system and the infrastructure.

The wiki, containing information regarding installation, support, and development of LineageOS, is also open to contributions through Gerrit. Other Lineage platforms include Crowdin for managing translations, Gitlab Issues for bug tracking, and a stats page, which displays the number of active installations from users who opt in to report this statistic. There is also an IRC channel hosted on (#lineageos) and subreddit (r/lineageos).[32]

The XDA Developers forums have been used by members of the Lineage community since the software's inception. Many devices are left unsupported by official releases so community members develop their own unofficial ROMs allowing older phones to use Lineage. These unofficial releases are often bundled with software intended to aid the user's experience that would otherwise be unseen in an official release. They also come with known bugs and security issues that may not be seen in official releases.[citation needed]

During August 2017 the LineageOS team held a Summer Survey[33] in which they asked users for feedback to improve the development of the operating system. The results were published[34] in October and, according to the team, they used the gathered data to improve the upcoming LineageOS 15 release. A second Summer Survey was conducted in August 2018.[35]

As a response to one of the main suggestions received during their first public survey, LineageOS launched a section on their blog titled "LineageOS Engineering Blog" where Lineage maintainers and developers can contribute articles discussing advanced technical information pertaining to Android development.[36]

LineageOS is also known for posting a "regularly irregular review"[37] on its blog in which the active development of the work is discussed.

Version history[edit]

See also: Android version history and CyanogenMod § History and development

VersionAOSP version First build release dateLast build release date Support
Old version, no longer maintained: 9.0 4.0.4
(Ice Cream Sandwich)
? ? Unsupported
Old version, no longer maintained: 10.0 4.1.2
(Jelly Bean)
? ? Unsupported
Old version, no longer maintained: 11.0 4.4.4
? ? Unsupported
Old version, no longer maintained: 12.0 5.0
? ? Unsupported
Old version, no longer maintained: 12.1 5.1
? ? Unsupported
Old version, no longer maintained: 13.0 6.0.1
20 December 2016 as CM
22 January 2017 as LOS
11 February 2018Unsupported
Old version, no longer maintained: 14.1 7.1.2
9 November 2016 as CM
22 January 2017 as LOS
24 February 2019[38]Unsupported
Old version, no longer maintained: 15.1 8.1.0
26 February 201828 February 2020[29]Unsupported
Old version, no longer maintained: 16.0 9.0.0
1 March 2019[39]16 February 2021[40]Unsupported
Older version, yet still maintained: 17.1 10
1 April 2020[30](Current) Supported
Current stable version:18.111
1 April 2021[1](Current) Supported


Old version

Older version, still maintained

Latest version

Latest preview version

Future release

Preinstalled apps[edit]

LineageOS includes many essential and useful apps, but like its predecessor, CyanogenMod, it is free from unnecessary software often pre-installed by a phone's manufacturer or carrier that is considered to be bloatware.[41][21]


  • AudioFX – Audio optimizer with presets to alter the listening experience.
  • Browser – A lightweight browser that relies on the System Webview, for low-end devices, also known as Jelly.
  • Calculator – Resembles a four-function calculator and offers some more advanced functions.
  • Calendar – Calendar functionality with Day, Week, Month, Year or Agenda views. A modified version of Etar starting with version 17.1.
  • Camera – Dependent on device specification will take video or photos, including panoramic. It can also be used to read QR codes. This app is also known as Snap.
  • Clock – World clock, countdown timer, stopwatch and alarms.
  • Contacts – Phonebook for numbers and email addresses.
  • Email – Email client that handles POP3, IMAP and Exchange (removed in version 18.1).
  • Files – A simple file manager to move, copy and rename files on internal storage or SD card.
  • FlipFlap – An app for smart flip covers, only included on select devices.
  • FM Radio – An app for listening to FM radio broadcasts, included on devices with an FM tuner.
  • Gallery – Organize photos and videos into a timeline or albums for easy viewing.
  • Messaging – An MMS/SMS messaging app.
  • Music – A simple music player, also known as Eleven.
  • Phone – Includes speed dial, phone number lookups and call blocking.
  • Recorder – A sound recorder. In versions prior to 18.1 it could also record the screen.
  • Terminal – A simple and standard terminal app. Hidden unless enabled in the developer settings.
  • Trebuchet – A customizable launcher.


  • cLock – A weather widget.
  • Gello – A browser based on Chromium and developed by CyanogenMod. This app is now replaced by Jelly.
  • Yahoo Weather Provider – A weather provider.
  • WeatherUnderground Weather Provider – A weather provider.
  • Themes – Originally an app by itself, now integrated into the settings app.

Although they are not included in LineageOS as such due to legal issues,[42] users can flash the normal Google apps, including the Google Play Store and Play Apps, with a Zip package, usually referred to as gapps, while installing LineageOS.

Unique features[edit]

LineageOS offers several features that Android Open Source Project (AOSP) does not include. Some of these features are:

Customization features[edit]

  • Button customization – Set custom location for buttons on the navigation bar, or enable on-screen buttons for devices with hardware buttons.
  • Custom Quick-Setting tiles – Quick Setting Tiles such as "Caffeine" preventing the device from sleeping, enabling/disabling Heads Up notifications, "Ambient Display" and "ADB over network" are present to easily toggle frequently accessed settings.
  • LiveDisplay – Adjust color temperature for the time of day.
  • Lock screen customization – The lock screen allows all sorts of customizations, including media cover art, a music visualizer, and double-tap to sleep.
  • Styles – Set a global dark or light theme mode and customize accent colors. This functionality can also be managed automatically by the system based on wallpaper or time of day (in line with LiveDisplay).
  • System Profiles – Enable or disable common settings based on the selected profile (For example, a "Home" profile and a "Work" profile). The profile can be selected either manually or through the use of a "trigger", such as upon connecting to a specific WiFi access point, connecting to a Bluetooth device, or tapping an NFC tag.
  • Custom pattern sizes – In addition to Android's 3x3 pattern size, a 4x4, 5x5 or 6x6 size can be used.

Security & privacy features[edit]

  • PIN scramble – For users securing their device with a PIN, the layout can be scrambled each time the device locks to make it difficult for people to figure out your lock by looking over your shoulder.
  • Privacy guard – Allow the user to fine-tune what permissions are granted to each application. For some permissions, it's possible to set a manual approval each time the permission is requested. It's also possible to find out how often apps use a specific permission. This feature was removed in the 17.1 branch in favor of an equivalent "permission controller" based on a hidden AOSP feature.
  • Protected Apps – Hide specific apps behind a secure lock. This works hand-in-hand with Trebuchet; the app's icon is removed from the launcher, and "secure folders" can be created to easily access these applications. A pattern is used to lock these apps.
  • Some "sensitive numbers", such as abuse support numbers, are not included in the call log for privacy.[43] The phone application also includes a list of helpline numbers for the users to be able to easily reach them.[1]
  • Trust - helps to keep the device secure and protects privacy.

Developers & power user features[edit]

  • LineageSDK – a set of APIs for app developers to integrate their apps with LineageOS specific features such as System Profiles, Styles and Weather.[44]
  • Lineage Recovery - an AOSP-based recovery.
  • (Optional) Root – Permit apps to function with root access to perform advanced tasks. This requires flashing from Recovery either LineageOS's root add-on (supported until version 16.0[45]) or a third-party implementation such as Magisk or SuperSU.
  • Telephone call recorder, not available in all countries, due to legal restrictions.
  • Weather providers – Display the weather in widgets or apps using a weather provider. This functionality is not included by default; a weather provider must be downloaded from the LineageOS Downloads website. App developers can create both providers and consumers of weather data.

Trust interface[edit]

As LineageOS evolved through development, the Trust interface was introduced for all the LineageOS 15.1 builds released since 12 June 2018.[46] The interface can be found on supported devices under Security and Privacy tab under the Settings option, and enables the user to "get an overview of the status of core security features and explanations on how to act to make sure the device is secure and the data is private".

Additionally, while carrying out any action on the device, the trust icon is displayed, notifying the user that the action is safe.

Supported devices[edit]

POCO X3 Pro smartphone running LineageOS

The number of devices supported by LineageOS has increased over time, with 157 for 17.1 and 18.1 as of April 1, 2021[update].[9][47] Official builds on currently supported development branches are labeled as "nightly". For the first two months of the project, parallel experimental builds were also produced, allowing in-place upgrades from previous CyanogenMod installations and easing migration to LineageOS.[47][48][49][50]

Criticism and reception[edit]

2018 April Fools' prank[edit]

LineageOS was criticized for a deceptive April Fool's prank included with some April 2018 builds.[51]

During the first week of April 2018 LineageOS released new builds with the "LOSGenuine" prank that informed unaware users of the software possibly being counterfeit via a persistent notification (which could not be disabled unless the user ran the following command in a root shell):

setprop persist.lineage.nofool true

When the notification was tapped, the software claimed that the device was "uncertified" and needed to mine "LOSCoins", which were a virtual currency and could not actually be spent. Affected builds also had a preinstalled "Wallet" app that showed the current balance of LOSCoins.[51]

Many users mistook the prank for actual malware, and others reportedly found it to be in "poor taste". It was especially criticized for being too "late" for an April Fool's joke, since many users didn't receive the update until days later, making the jest less obvious. On 10 April 2018, LineageOS team director ciwrl issued an official apology for the deceptive prank.[52][53]


Replicant is a completely free software variant of LineageOS, with all kernel blobs and non-free drivers removed.

As a response to the refusal for several reasons of support for signature spoofing in official builds,[54] a LineageOS fork with microG[55] services included, known as "LineageOS for microG", was created. The project ships custom builds of LineageOS with the required patch and native F-Droid support, bundled with the MicroG project's free re-implementation of proprietary Gapps.[56][57] In other respects it follows upstream, shipping OTA updates every seven days.[58]

/e/ is a fork of LineageOS created by Gaël Duval that is intended to be "free from Google". It replaces Google Play Services with MicroG, a free and open-source implementation of Google APIs.[59]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^"android_vendor_lineage_LICENSE". LineageOS. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  3. ^"Other licenses can be viewed per repo on GitHub under NOTICE/LICENSE files". LineageOS. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  4. ^Heater, Brian (24 December 2016). "After having its infrastructure shuttered, CyanogenMod will live on as Lineage". TechCrunch. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  5. ^"A fork in the road". CyanogenMod. 24 December 2016. Archived from the original on 25 December 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  6. ^Levy, Nat (26 December 2016). "Open-source Lineage project rises from Cyanogen's ashes as Android maker abruptly shuts down services". GeekWire. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  7. ^Gallagher, Sean Gallagher (27 December 2016). "Cyanogen Inc. shuts down CyanogenMod in Christmas bloodbath". Ars Technica. Ars Technica.
  8. ^"LineageOS". Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  9. ^ ab"LineageOS/hudson build targets". GitHub. 24 February 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  10. ^"LineageOS Statistics". 4 March 2021. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  11. ^"LineageOS now has one million users, OnePlus One is the most popular device". 20 March 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
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Screenshot lineageos

Instead of taking a number of screenshots and then further organizing them, it’s much more efficient to take one, which has all the information you wanted to share in a single image. So, in this article, we will show you how to take Scrolling Screenshots on any Android phone“.

Screenshots are the snapshots or images which show the exact view of a screen. It is very useful for sharing information like Conversation, as it shows the exact captured information. It’s pretty simple to take a screenshot on Android phones. But, regular Screenshots do not include the information outside the display frame in a single capture. That’s where, scrolling screenshot helps you to capture an entire webpage, your app drawer, or even a long conversation within your favorite messaging app.

How to Take Scrolling Screenshots on Android

A regular Screenshot can be easily captured by the unique button combination like Power button along with Volume down or by pressing power and home button together (Basically, depends on the OEM). But these are not that efficient. Take an example when you would want to share your WhatsApp chat with someone. Taking and sending screenshots of different parts of the chat could be very confusing for the person on the other end. And that’s where taking Scrolling screenshots works the best.

Some new Android smartphones like the OnePlus 5, natively allow you to take scrolling screenshots, which is a great feature. Well, if your phone doesn’t feature the long Scrolling screenshot, don’t be sad about it. There are a number of apps available on Google Play Store that allow users to take Scrolling Screenshots without much hassle. Here, we will be demonstrating you through a very popular app called Stitch & Share.

Also read: How to Stop Android Wakelocks using WakeBlock (Root)

Take Scrolling Screenshots on Any Android Phone using Stitch & Share

First of all, download and install the Stitch & Share app from the Google Play Store. Once you have downloaded and installed it, run the app.

Now, you can do two things, you can either choose automatic capturing and let the app do all the job, while you carefully scroll through the area. Or, you can capture individual screenshots on your own and then combine them using the Stitch & Share app.

Automatic Capturing

  1. You will now need to configure the app for automatic screenshot capturing. So tap to “Automatic capturing”.
  2. Start by pressing the “Automatic screenshots” card. You will be prompted to start the service, so press “START NOW”. This will allow you to take scrolling screenshots by simply tapping the cast icon (when it appears).Take Scrolling Screenshots on Android - Grant Permissions to Snitch & Share App
  3. Next, you will need to give the app accessibility permissions so that it can determine the scrolling distance. So tap on “Accessibility Service”. You will be taken to the Accessibility settings, where you have to toggle the switch to ON.
  4. Finally, go back to the app screen and tap on “START AUTOMATIC CAPTURING”. As soon as you do this, an overlay cast icon will appear on the screen.
  5. So, go to app window where you would like to capture the screen. Then tap on the cast icon to take scrolling screenshots.
  6. You will need to gradually scroll and wait for it to take the screenshots. The preview will be displayed on the left edge of the screen.Take Scrolling Screenshots on Android - Share captured screenshot via Snitch & Share
  7. When it’s done, tap on the cast icon again to save the screenshot. The app window will open along with the screenshot, for you to share it.

Manual Capturing & Combining Individual Screenshots

  1. Now, go ahead and capture your first screenshot as usual.
  2. Scroll down within the app, keeping a small portion of what was in the first screenshot visible, then capture the next screenshot.
  3. Just repeat the previous steps until you’ve captured everything you want in the screenshot.
  4. Open the Stitch & Share app and tap on “Combine screenshots”.Take Scrolling Screenshots on Android - Combine Individual screenshots
  5. Then, select the individual screenshots and the app will do the combining for you.
  6. The end result will be provided on the screen for you to share.

Done! You have succeeded to capture Scrolling screenshots on your Android phone. Now, you can share a conversation Screenshot to your friends easily in one image.

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3 Ways to take a screenshot on Android

Here's why you can't take scrolling screenshots on Android 11

Android features getting the ax in a developer preview is nothing new. It happens time and time again in every cycle. Yet, it’s still a bummer when we see a popular feature wind up on the cutting room floor. This turned out to be the case with scrolling screenshots in Android 11, and here’s what we know about the decision.

See also: How to take screenshots on Android

We’ll dig into Google’s decision to skip the feature, as well as touch on the devices that allow for scrolling screenshots. There are even a few apps you can install to regain the feature, so let’s dig in.

What exactly is a scrolling screenshot?

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When you set up a screenshot on your phone or computer, you can usually only capture what you can see on your screen at the time. Adding a scroll enables you to capture the entirety of a long webpage or an entire Twitter thread. It’s still a screenshot, but it doesn’t limit you to the size of your display.

Of course, it’s not a life or death feature, but it certainly can make life easier. Ask yourself, would you rather load up your camera roll with multiple smaller screenshots or capture one and be done with it? We know what we would choose.

That sounds great, why did Google cut it?

Joe Hindy / Android Authority

It is a great feature, but we understand why Google didn’t feel ready to include it with the Android 11 launch. Google’s own Dan Saddler confirmed that the feature would be omitted during a Reddit AMA last July, though he said that the team is still working on it.

Essentially, Google had to leave scrolling screenshots out of the Android 11 launch because it did not want to limit the feature to just a few apps. Saddler said of the feature, “our goal on the platform team is to build this in a way that any app can plug into… Look for it in a future API bump.”

See also: The best no root screenshot apps for Android and other methods

The good news is that means there’s still hope for the future. We can expect Google to get around to scrolling screenshots in its own time. For now, it’s easier to try a few alternative methods to capture your lengthy screenshots.

Which phones still support scrolling screenshots?

Eric Zeman / Android Authority

If you’re determined to capture your scrolling screenshots, fear not. OnePlus, Huawei, Samsung, and many other OEMs have built the feature into their respective Android skins, and the process is straightforward. Here are the steps to follow for most of the top manufacturers:

OnePlus devices

  1. Hold the Power and Volume Down buttons for a few seconds, or use the three-finger swipe.
  2. Once you see the screenshot preview appear, look for the Expanded Screenshot button.
  3. This will take you back to the original screenshot and begin scrolling immediately.
  4. Press the large blue button to stop your screenshot.

Huawei devices

  1. Press the Power and Volume Down buttons simultaneously (or use another preferred screenshot method).
  2. Open your screenshot preview.
  3. Locate and press the Scrollshot button.
  4. Scroll down to include all of your content, then press Finish.

Samsung devices

  1. Press and hold Volume Down and Power or another preferred screenshot method.
  2. Once you see a preview of your screenshot, press the button with two arrows in a box.
  3. Continue to tap on the Scroll Capture button until you reach the end of your content.
  4. Save your image.

There are other ways to capture a scrolling screenshot, depending on your device. We’ve done our best to include a few of the most popular methods, but you may have to do some additional research. If you cannot take scrolling screenshots with your Android version, try some of the apps listed below.

See also: We asked, you told us: Here’s how you take screenshots on your phone

What apps can I download instead?

If you’re determined to get scrolling screenshots on your phone, all hope is not lost. There are plenty of apps you can try out until you find the one that works for you.

One of the most aptly named is LongShot for Long Screenshot. It’s entirely free to download and use, and the app offers three options to capture your content. You will have to give LongShot permission to display over top of other apps, but such is the nature of screenshots. The app allows you to capture web pages in their entirety or select images from the longer page itself. If you choose to scroll screenshot a webpage, the process is as simple as entering a URL. Seriously, that’s all there is to it.

Get it on Google Play

Another top option goes by the name Screen Master, and it’s once again free with a few ads here and there. You won’t have to root your device, which is always nice to hear. Screen Master allows you to take scrolling screenshots, make notes on top of your images, and even stitch smaller images together. It sports a cleaner interface overall than LongShot, though there are a few features that you may have to pay for depending on your needs.

Get it on Google Play

One more scrolling screenshot app for your consideration is Full Screenshot Capture and Screenshot Editor. The name is a lot, but it explains just what you can do. There are just a few simple buttons to get the hang of, and you can screenshot entire web pages with the built-in browser. You’ll have to position the bars at the top and bottom of your page to denote where you want to begin and end your shot.

Get it on Google Play

Will we see scrolling screenshots on Android 12?

We’ve begrudgingly accepted that scrolling screenshots aren’t a part of Android 11, but what about in the future? Android 12 is in the public beta stages, and it’s already brought heaps of new features. After all, scrolling screenshots were in development previously, so we should hope for more progress this year.

We’ve been exploring the Android 12 Public Beta to no end, and we’ve already picked out plenty of our favorite new features. So far, we’ve come across new ways to mark up screenshots with emojis, paintbrushes, and more. It’s not exactly what we’re looking for, but it’s better than nothing on the screenshot front.

You’ll have to stay tuned for more news on scrolling screenshots as the full Android 12 rollout inches closer. We still have our fingers crossed for now.

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