Latest Android hidden feature lets you take partial screenshots

Let’s admit, Android gets better and better everytime a new version is out but there are still a lot of improvements that needs to be done. Just like taking good screenshots could be frustrating for a lot of users – especially if you want to capture only a small portion of your screen rather than the entire screen. The good news is someone has discovered this feature in the latest Android Nougat 7.1.

YouTuber Maxr1998 has able to tweak a code inside Android Nougat that enables a hidden feature that lets you effortlessly take partial screenshots. It was first discovered by Android developer MrWasdennnoch, when he accidentally stumbled upon a snippet of code – called ‘Partial Screenshot‘ found in Nougat 7.1 source code.

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Unfortunately, according to Maxr1998 and MrWasdennnoch this feature is not readily available for all users yet. If you insist, you’ll need to learn how to edit Android source codes, and by this, you’ll need to tweak a few lines of code to activate it. You can enable this feature by changing line 53 of TakeScreenshotService to takeScreenshotPartial().

In the video, Android developer Maxr1998 shows you how to do partial screenshots by selecting a focus area with your fingers, very simple right? But no scrolling screenshot feature yet, hopefully in the future.