In this guide, we will show you the steps to add the swipe to take a screenshot gesture on your Pixel device. As soon as I jumped ships from OnePlus over to Pixel, I found a few “everyday features” that were missing from the latter. These included the likes of automatically unlocking the device after typing in the correct pin, the clear all button at the bottom in the recent apps screen, and the ability to take screenshots via the finger-swipe gesture.
Out of the three aforementioned features, it is the last one that proved to be the cause of maximum inconvenience for me. This is because I keep my phone vertically in a stand and on OnePlus, I could easily capture the screenshot via finger gesture without the need to pick up the device. However, that is no longer possible now and even the double tap at the back feature to take a screenshot doesn’t work along the expected lines when the phone is in that position.
So I decided to do some research and stumbled upon the popular AOSP mod that was capable of doing this job, but it required root. Thereby, I continued my search for a non-root method and finally got hold of the same. So in this guide, we will show you how to add the swipe to take a screenshot gesture on your Pixel device. Follow along.
Add Swipe to Take Screenshot Gesture on Pixel Device [No Root]
- To begin with, download and install the MacroDroid app from Play Store.
- Then launch it and tap on Add Macro. Now tap on the plus sign next to Triggers.
- After that, expand User Input and select Swipe Screen.
- You will get a “Requires Draw Overlay” pop-up, tap OK.
- Then enable the toggle next to Allow display over other apps.
- Again go back to the app, tap on Swipe Screen, and select the Start Area and Swipe Screen respectively.
- Then tap on the plus icon next to Actions, expand Camera/Photo, and select Take Screenshot.
- You will now get an Accessibility Required dialog box, tap OK.
- Now enable the toggle next Use MacroDroid and then select Allow in the confirmation prompt.
- Again go back to the app and tap on Take Screenshot under Camera/Photo.
- Then give it File Access, select Save to Device, and hit OK.
- Once done, give this macro a name, tap on the overflow icon, and select Save Changes. That’s it.
These were the steps to add the swipe to take a screenshot gesture on your Pixel device. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.
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