Android 11 has a new power menu with integrated contactless payment cards and smart home switches. It’s definitely futuristic – so much so that it squeezed out a tool that many of us use nowadays: the screenshot button.
In previous versions, you can press the power button for a long time and a practical option “Screenshot” appears together with the “Shut down” and “Restart” buttons. Sure, you can still keep the volume down and power to take a screenshot, but it’s clumsy. Or you can take up Google Assistant and then ask it to “Take a screenshot”, but it’s not very discreet. Thankfully, there is a way to get this button back.
Step 1: Install Tasker Beta
The new smart home controls in Android 11’s power menu can be provided by third-party apps – for example, the Philips Hue app can offer buttons that control your lights. But this system can also be used to add Other switches, like an old-fashioned “Screenshot” button.
The Android automation app Tasker can now add custom power menu actions. With the right profile, one of these may be the screenshot you are looking for.
But there are two minor obstacles here. First, Tasker is a paid app that costs $ 3.49. It’s well worth it when you consider all the things Tasker can do, so start by buying and installing the app from the Play Store:
- Link to Play Store: Bags ($ 3.49)
The second issue is that the feature we need to use is currently only available in the beta version of Tasker. So either use this link to register, or return to the Tasker Play Store page, scroll down and press “Join” on the “Join Beta” card.
However, once you are in beta, return to the Tasker Play Store page to accept the beta update. It may take time to show up, but you can close the Play Store app to speed things up.
Step 2: Import the custom Tasker profile
You may think that Tasker is a bit scary, but there is a custom profile for this purpose that has already set everything for you. Click on the link below on your Android 11 device with Tasker to download the profile.
Press the “Import” button at the bottom of the page, select the Google Account to use for Tasker, then press “Yes” on Import data to confirm your choice.
The profile then opens the Tasker app and imports data into your chosen Google Account. Continue importing the project to the “Base” option, then press “Yes” to run the “Screenshot” task directly.
Step 3: Activate the New Power Menu screen button
Continue and press and hold the power button to bring up the unit’s power menu as usual. Click here on the three-point menu at the top right and then press “Add controls”. You want to tap the “See other apps” option at the bottom to go to the next screen from here.
Now press the item “Bags”, select the control option “Screenshot” and then press “Save” to confirm your selection.
Return to the main unit’s power control menu, then tap the “Home” entry drop-down menu at the top of the screen. Press “Tasker” to switch the power menu panel to Tasker-related custom actions. You will notice the new “Screenshot” option you just added. Once you press this button, it automatically takes a screenshot for you, just like the Android 10 power menu did. Ready!
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