Take Screenshots on LG Optimus One without rooting

by Mayur on December 18, 2010

in Android, How To's, Mobile

If you own an Android device, then you might be aware that it is usually not possible to easily capture screenshots on Android phones. For that, one needs to use the Android SDK method or root their phone and then install some app to do the needful.

LG Optimus One P500 that comes pre-installed with Android 2.2 Froyo OS, doesn’t allow users to take screenshots using shortcut keys. But there is a very easy way to do same and that too “WITHOUT ROOTING” your LG Optimus One phone. Check below:

How to Take Screenshots on LG Optimus One P500 –

1. Make sure your phone is connected to Internet.

2. Open Android Market and search for app named “shootme”. [Market link]


3. Install ‘ShootMe’ app. (It says Only supports ROOTED devices, but works perfectly on P500 without rooting).

4. Open the app, hit the Accept button and then Click the ‘Hide’ button.


5. Give a good sustained SHAKE to phone or shout to take screenshot of desired screens.

The screenshots are saved in PNG format in the folder named ‘ShootMe’ on your sdcard. You can transfer captures to your PC via Bluetooth, Email, USB connection, etc.

Thanks Arpit for the hat tip.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Deepak Jain December 29, 2010 at 1:57 am

Hey Mayur, I just tried this out on my HTC Incredible and after starting the app, I get T&C page, accepting which redirects me to another pop-up saying “”failed starting server. Please check you have “root” acces… blah blah”

Any help on this?


Mayur December 29, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Do you have Android 2.2 Froyo installed on your HTC Incredible? Shootme requires rooting but surprisingly it works gr8 on Optimus one without rooting.


Deepak Jain December 29, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Yep, my incredible is already running on Froyo. This is the only thing I hate about Android – lack of an inbuilt/good screen capturing app.


camille March 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm

It dosent work help!


Mayur March 21, 2011 at 8:29 pm

It works perfectly on Optimus one, I use it daily. To use it, just run the ShootMe app, click the ‘Accept’ button and then select ‘Hide’. Now shake the phone to take screenshots. Hope this helps! :)


Anu March 23, 2011 at 12:27 am

Hi Mayur,

The Hide button is not active for me. I cannot click on it? Any ideas?



Simrandeep Singh March 27, 2011 at 1:11 am

This method is not working for me too. I’m getting the same error as Deepak. I’m using Samsung Galaxy Ace. When I press the hide button, nothing happens.


Mayur March 27, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Not all screen capture app work on every Android device. I tried it on LG P500 and found it to be working gr8!


Surendra June 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Thank you friend, it worked perfetcly for me on my lg p500. Suggest some more useful applications for lg p500.


yoana July 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Thanks works great on my lg :]


UnknownVT July 16, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Thank you so much for this article.

I have a LG Optimus T (P509) (that is NOT rooted) which is based on the LG Optimus One (P500) that you wrote about –
so I tried ShootMe and it worked a treat! thanks so much for the hint


Emile August 24, 2011 at 1:25 am

I can’t seem to find that ShootMe app on the market. Is it still available?


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