HitchHiker’s Guide to Scrolling Screen Captures

  • Android Scrolling Captures from within an App, such as Facebook/Twitter (using LongShot)
  • Using Android’s native Screenshot Toolbar (if your phone and Android OS support this option)
  • Windows scrolling captures that contain static regions and scrollbars

Android Scrolling Web Page Capture using Yandex Browser and FireShot Extension

On Android, browser-based extension support is limited. The current Android version of Chrome browser does not support extensions from the Chrome Web Store. Firefox for Android does support a subset of its full add-on suite, and on some occasions, these don’t always function as expected. Kiwi browser offers support for Chrome extensions, but did not seem to work with Fireshot.

Android Scrolling Capture using LongShot

Several Apps are readily available in the PlayStore that allow you to capture scrolling content from web pages and/or apps.

  • After installation, navigate to your phone’s “Accessibility Settings
  • Grant LongShot access to automatically scroll
  • Enable the option for “LongShot”
  • Open LongShot
    1. Select “Autoscroll”
    2. Click on the Shutter button/icon
    3. Click “Start Now”
  • Open up the application for which you want to take a scrolling capture from (in the example below, Google PlayStore is used)
  • Once your app has loaded, click on LongShot’s docked, green (“Start”) button. The capture should start and you should see the app start auto-scrolling on the screen
  • Once you’ve captured all the content you require, you can tap above the horizontal red line, which appears on the screen
  • Clicking “Save” places the scrolling capture image at location /sdcard/longshot

Android Scrolling Capture using Native Functionality

Depending on your Android OS and/or Phone type, you may have the option to use the native method without the need to install any additional apps/extensions

  1. Enable “Screenshot toolbar”
  2. Go to the page/app you want that you want to capture from
  • The “Screenshot toolbar” will appear at the bottom of the screen
  • Before the toolbar disappears, you will need to click on the scroll icon, located on the toolbar (pointed to by the arrow in the image below)
  • As each scroll completes, click on the scroll icon again until you’ve captured all the areas you require

Windows OS and Scrolling Captures

There’s no rocket science involved in capturing an entire web page from your Windows 10 browser. The Fireshot Extension/Add-on discussed previously, is available for Firefox and Chromium based browsers. If you use Firefox, then depending on the version you’re running, you might already have the option to save entire pages via right-click context menu.

Scrolling Captures that Contain Static Regions (using FastStone)

FastStone can be downloaded and installed from here. Download the 30 day trial, which will give you enough time to evaluate the product.

  1. Hold down the CTRL key
  2. While holding down CTRL, crosshairs should appear. Use your mouse to select the entire browser window, and once done release mouse button and CTRL key
  3. Click the browser’s scroll down button once
  4. You should now see the page auto-scroll on the screen. Once scrolling has gone past the point of the region/pages you want captured, hit Escape to end the capture at the current point, or for a full page capture, wait until the whole capture is complete. You will automatically be prompted for a save location once capturing is done.

Final Notes

As mentioned earlier, there are many products available that support scrolling captures. The best way to find the right package that suits your requirements, is to try it out.

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