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Google has revolutionised the way how people used to watch Televisions. Bringing it’s popular Android OS on TVs has not only optimised the user experience but also improved the interoperability among your WiFi enabled gadgets to watch everything on a large screen. Last night I was covering a How-to article on Android TV and as soon as tried to capture a screenshot, got to know there’s no such thing available. I agree Android TV OS is still in it’s early phases and Play Store has limited number of apps, but c’mon, it’s 2k17, atleast give us a simple way to Take Screenshot On Android TV.

Anyways, if not official, we guys at GizmoStorm always provide you with a nifty workarounds and today also we are here for the same. For demonstration purpose, I am using my Sony Bravia Android TV to let you know how to take screenshot. It doesn’t matter which Android TV you are on, steps will remain the same. Just follow the guide and you are good to go :

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Pre-requisite Before You Take Screenshot On Android TV :

  1. Before we proceed to take screenshot, we have to set up ADB connection to Android TV. If you know how to do it, that’s good. If not, just sit back and relax, I’ll let you know how to do it in couple of minutes.
  2. You need a desktop PC or laptop running on Windows or Mac.
  3. This guide is a easy one, but to set up everything, the process is somewhat lengthy. Though it won’t take more than 5-7 minutes to set up everything. So, your little patience is needed.

How To Capture Screen On Android TV :

Phase 1 : Set up ADB on your PC or Mac

Please Note : If Android SDK is configured on your Mac or PC, skip this phase and move onto Phase 2. If not, continue reading and follow the guide as stated.

Step 1 : For Windows users, head over to Android SDK download page and scroll down to SDK Tools Only. For your convenience, here’s link to SDK tools only – SDK Tools for Windows. Unzip the zip file and proceed with the installation. 

For Mac users, here’s your link to SDK Tools only – SDK Tools for Mac. Please Unzip the file and proceed with the installation.

Phase 2 : Connect to Android TV via ADB Command

Step 1 : Enable Developer Option On Android TV –

Head over to Android TV Settings and tap on About. Look for Build and click on it several times continuously until you see a message ” You are now a developer”. (For better clarity, follow the image galleries below)

Step 2 : Enable Debugging –

Now, head over to Settings once again and select Developer Options. Tap on Debugging -> ADB Debugging -> Toggle On ADB Debugging.

 

Step 3 : Find IP Address Of Android TV –

On Android TV Home, select Network Settings -> Advance Network Settings -> Network Status. From here, note down the IP address of your Android TV.

Note : Please make sure your Android TV and PC/Laptop are connected to same WiFi Network.

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Step 4 : Initiate ADB Connection –

On your PC, open cmd/terminal and type adb connect TV IP Address:5555 . For Instance, if your TV IP address is 192.168.1.109, type adb connect 192.168.1.109:5555

How to Take Screenshot On Android TV

You’ll get a popup on your Android TV, Allow debugging? Tap on Always allow from this computer and select OK.

How to Take Screenshot On Android TV

ADB setup is complete now and you are connected to your Android TV via ADB.

Phase 3 : Take screenshot On Android TV 

Step 1 : On your PC, open cmd/terminal and type –

adb shell screencap -p /sdcard/screencap.png

This will take screenshot on your Android TV. Next we have to pull this screenshot from Android TV to PC.

Step 2 : On cmd/terminal itself, type –

adb pull /sdcard/screencap.png

This will fetch screenshot from Android TV to PC.

Bingo! This is how we can take screenshot on Android TV. Screen capture of Android TV is an easy yet lengthy task. Next time whenever you wish to take screenshot, just connect to your Android TV via ADB command and take screenshot using cmd/terminal. That’s it.

In case of any queries or doubts, don’t forget to comment down below. I’ll get back to you asap.

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