I have had a few people request us to find them a screen shot application that doesn’t require root access on their device. Being a root user since root was first implemented on the G1, I know how valuable and exciting it can be to take a screen shot for sharing. Until recently I had never seen a screen shot app that root was not a prerequisite. Developer Edward Kim has finally provided a screen shot solution for non root users. Why you would forgo rooting your device I will never know, but at least you now have an option available.

As you can see from the screen shots above, this app has quite a few settings for you to adjust to get the best screen shot possible. There are a few little twists in order to get this application up and running properly.


This application will instruct you to download and install a free desktop application on your Windows or Mac. Once installed, you must run the desktop application with your phone attached to your computer. This will enable screenshots on your phone.

Once you’ve done this, you can disconnect your phone and take screenshots whenever you want. However, every time you restart your phone, you’ll have to connect it to your computer and run the desktop application again. If you restart your phone frequently, this app may not be for you, as it may prove to be too inconvenient.

Your phone will NOT be rooted or temp-rooted in any way. No system files on your phone will be altered.

The additional process isn’t overly complicated but is required to make the phone be able to utilize the application. It is a small price to pay for a service that us root users enjoy on nearly a daily basis.

There has been mixed reviews in the comments from the market. It is designed to work on all Android devices but isn’t 100% compatible as of yet. According to some people they are having luck with it working on HTC Desire HD, LG Thrive, Nexus One, Xperia x8, HTC Evo 4G, HTC ThunderBolt, HTC Sensation and many many more devices. According to the comments, the developer is quick to respond and very able and willing to refund the purchase if the application fails and won’t work. I’d recommend being by your PC and getting everything else set up before you purchase the app. that way you can test it out immediately to be sure your device will support it. Please leave a comment below to let other users know what device you had success with or failures.

Summary and Downloads:

Application: No Root Screen Shot
Developer: Edward Kim
Cost: $4.99

  • Evowoman88

    Please note that this used to work for the EVO 4G before the update to Gingerbread. Mr. Kim did not reply to comments on the Market or email and came up with this program, which requires a computer (that I don’t have).

  • http://benzul.com Dmitry

    I found ASC apk is free and can event record video in realtime from your device. NO root is required! http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.benzul.asc