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How To Take A Screenshot Of Your LG L3 Smartphone Without A Dedicated App

Updated on August 25, 2013

Getting To Know The LG Optimus L3

The LG Optimus L3 is a budget smartphone produced by the Korean manufacturer LG Electronics. Running on Android Gingerbread 2.3, with an 800MHz single core CPU and Adreno 200 graphics unit, it cannot exactly brag on high performance and top-notch quality, but is a reliable smartphone with interesting styling and an appearance which makes it stand above the competition - the square edges, the touch sensitive capacitive buttons (compared to real pressure buttons of most models of the competition) and the textural difference of the back panel made it a model with many sales throughout the world, despite some particular issues with the rather mediocre quality TFT screen of 3.2'.

The LG Optimus L3 is a sleek looking smartphone, ideal as the first step into the Android world.
The LG Optimus L3 is a sleek looking smartphone, ideal as the first step into the Android world.

The Need Of Screenshots

With smartphones capable of displaying high quality graphics and with their large scale screens allowing for many things to be displayed at the same time, the need of screenshots has risen.

Screenshot, as the word itself suggests, is the action of recording the state of a screen and saving it in an image file, such as jpeg or bmp, with the purpose of sharing it. Screenshots, of course are widely used in computers; most of us have wanted to keep particular instances of the monitor screen as image files for storing purposes or for sharing with friends.

With apps counting to many millions, in Google Play and other websites, it only is natural that some instances of the smartphone screen are worth saving; a game high score, for example, can be kept as an image file through a screenshot. But aside the various fun-related purposes, a screenshot can help in troubleshooting a smartphone problem from someone who is far.


Taking Screenshots

In a computer, taking screenshot involves the following steps:

- When the screen shows the exact thing we want to capture, press PrtSc key of the keyboard.
- The image will be saved in clipboard, waiting to be pasted in a document, or on an image processor (easiest choice is Paint) and eventually be saved as jpeg or other image files.

In smartphones, the method is way different and will even differ much between phones running the same version of operating system. That is why many phone users struggle to find the way their device takes a screenshot, and eventually choose to install a dedicated app from the market. However, this is not always the easiest route; besides, most users have already crowded their phones with apps, games and personal files and hesitate to install just another application which will probably not be used extremely often.

Left Side - Volume Keys in LG Optimus L3

In this promotional picture, you can see the two volume buttons located at the phone's left side.
In this promotional picture, you can see the two volume buttons located at the phone's left side.

Quick Memo Example

A simple screenshot taken from my LG L3, showing FBReader application with some random red lines "drawed".
A simple screenshot taken from my LG L3, showing FBReader application with some random red lines "drawed".

Taking A Screenshot In LG L3

The process of screenshot taking is so easy in this smartphone model, that virtually none would choose to install an app for it.

At the left side of the phone (when looking at its screen), the L3 incorporates the volume keys; those are two buttons, one for increasing the volume and the other to lower it. They do have other functions too, however, and one of them is screenshot taking.

If those keys are pressed simultaneously for a couple of seconds, the device intiates the "Quick Memo" menu. The screen will lock at the particular view it had when the keys were pressed and some icons will show up at the top.
With the first one, you can bring an empty canvas in place of the screen's content; with the second icon you can select various pen sizes and colors for some hand (finger) drawing. The eraser icon will let you erase parts of your drawings while the last icon, the universal icon for Saving ( a floppy diskette) will allow you to save the screenshot, with the drawings and adjustments you made, if any, on the device's drive.

The images/screenshots you save will be stored in the QuickMemo folder of your System memory. From there, you can share them, send them to other phones or to PC, etc.

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      pourya 

      4 years ago

      Thank you very much.

      it's be very very useful :)

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      yaron hoff 

      4 years ago

      I think they're nice looking phones

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