Android 11 has a new power menu with built-in contactless payment cards and smart home toggles. It’s definitely futuristic – so much so that it brought out a tool that many of us use in the present: the screenshot button.
In previous versions, you could long-press the power button and a handy “Screenshot” option came up along with the “Shut down” and “Restart” buttons. Sure, you can still keep the volume and power down to take a screenshot, but that’s clumsy. You can also go to the Google Assistant and ask them to take a screenshot. However, this is not very discreet. Fortunately, there is a way to bring this button back.
: Install Tasker Beta
The new smart home controls in the power menu of Android 11 can be provided by third-party apps. For example, the Philips Hue app may have buttons to control your lights. But this system can also be used to add other toggles like a good old-fashioned “screenshot” button.
The Android automation app Tasker can now add custom power menu actions. With the right profile, one of these could be the screenshot button you’re looking for.
But there are two small hurdles here. First, Tasker is a paid app that costs $ 3.49. Well worth it when you think about all the things Tasker can do. First, buy and install the app in the Play Store:
- Play Store Link: Bags ($ 3.49)
The second problem is that the feature we need to use is only available in the beta version of Tasker at the moment. So use either this link To sign in or return to Tasker’s Play Store page, scroll down and tap “Join” on the “Join the Beta” card.
Either way, after the beta release, you’ll return to Tasker’s Play Store page to accept the beta update. It may take some time to appear, but you can force-close the Play Store app to speed up the work.
Step 2: Import the Custom Tasker Profile
You might find Tasker a little intimidating, but there is a custom profile out there for this purpose that has everything set up for you already. Using Tasker, click the link below on your Android 11 device to download the profile.
Tap the “Import” button at the bottom of the page, select the Google Account you want to use for Tasker, then tap “Yes” Import data Screen to confirm your choice.
The profile then opens the Tasker app and imports the data into your chosen Google account. Import the project into the Basic option and then tap Yes to run the Screenshot task immediately.
Step 3: Activate the screenshot button of the new power menu
Long press the power button to bring up the device menu as normal. Tap the three-dot menu in the top right corner and then press “Add Controls”. You’ll want to click the “Show other apps” option below to get to the next screen from here.
Now tap on the “Tasker” entry, select the “Screenshot” control option and click on the “Save” button to confirm your selection.
Return to the main device control menu and tap the drop down menu for the “Home” entry at the top of the screen. Tap Tasker to toggle the Power menu to Tasker-related custom actions. You will notice the new “Screenshot” option that you just added. Once you tap that button, a screenshot will be automatically taken for you, just like in the Android 10 power menu. Everything ready!
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