How to Take a Screenshot on Xbox One

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Xbox One lets you take screenshots and videos to share with your friends. Screenshot / Capcom

Xbox One features built-in screenshot and video capture capabilities, which makes it extremely easy to snap a shot of the action to share with your friends later. It's so fast, and so easy, that with a little practice, you'll be grabbing screenshots right in the heat of battle without missing a beat.

Once you've taken some share-worthy screenshots, or video captures, Xbox One also provides a simple way to upload them to OneDrive, or even share them directly to Twitter.

Every screenshot and video you capture is also available for download to your computer via the Xbox app, which makes it easy to archive your favorite moments and share them to social media platforms other than Twitter.

Taking a Screenshot on Xbox One

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Taking an Xbox One screenshot only requires you to push two buttons. Screenshots / Capcom / Microsoft

Before you take a screenshot on Xbox One, it's important to note that this feature only works when you're playing a game. You can't take screenshots, or capture videos, unless a game is running.

The screenshot function is also disabled whenever you stream your Xbox One to a PC, so if you're streaming and want to take a screenshot, you'll have to stop streaming first.

With all that out of the way, taking a screenshot on Xbox One is extremely simple:

  1. Press the Xbox button.
  2. When the screen overlay appears, press the Y button.
    Note: If you prefer to capture the last 30 seconds of gameplay as a video, press the X button instead.

Taking a screenshot on Xbox One is really that easy. The screen overlay will disappear after you press the Y button, allowing you to immediately return to the action, and you'll see a message that your screenshot has been saved.

Sharing a Screenshot on Xbox One

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Xbox One lets you share screenshots and videos right from the console. Screen capture / Capcom / Microsoft

Sharing screenshots and videos that you take with your Xbox One is also pretty easy. 

  1. Press the Xbox button.
  2. Navigate to the Broadcast and Capture tab.
  3. Select Recent Captures.
  4. Select a video or image to share.
  5. Select OneDrive to upload the video or image to the OneDrive account associated with your Gamertag.
    Note: If you sign into Twitter with your Xbox One, you can choose Twitter from this menu to share an image directly to social media. The other options are to share your image or video to your activity feed, a club, or in a message to one of your friends.

Capturing 4K HDR Screenshots and Video Clips On Xbox One

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Xbox One S and Xbox One X allow you to capture screenshots and gameplay footage in 4k. Screenshots / Microsoft

If your Xbox One is capable of outputting 4K video, and your television is capable of displaying 4K, then you can take screenshots and capture video in 4K.

Before you start, make sure that your television output resolution is set to 4K, and that your television is capable if displaying 4K video. If your television has high dynamic range (HDR) enabled, your captures will also reflect that.

If you're sure that you're playing games in 4K, then all you have to do is change your Xbox One capture settings:

  1. Press the Xbox button.
  2. Navigate to System > Settings.
  3. Select Preferences > Broadcast & Capture > Game clip resolution.
  4. Select one of the 4K options.

Important: This will dramatically increase the size of your screenshots and video clips.

If you want to share your 4K screenshots on social media platforms like Twitter, you may need to download them to your PC and then resize the images first.

Accessing and Sharing Xbox One Screenshots and Videos From a Computer

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If you don't like Twitter, the Xbox app lets you download your Xbox One screenshots so you can share them wherever you want. Screenshots / Capcom / Microsoft

While it's easy to share screenshots directly from your Xbox One, you may want to archive your favorite moments, or even just post them to social media platforms other than Twitter.

One way to accomplish this is to upload everything to OneDrive, and then download everything from OneDrive to your PC, but you can also cut out the middleman by using the Xbox app.

Here's how to use the Xbox app to download Xbox One screenshots and videos to a Windows 10 PC:

  1. Download and install the Xbox app if you haven't already done so.
  2. Launch the Xbox app.
  3. Click Game DVR.
  4. Click On Xbox Live.
  5. Select the screenshot or video you want to save.
  6. Click Download.
    Note: Clicking Share will let you share the screenshot or video directly to Twitter, your activity feed, a club, or a message to a friend.

After you download some Xbox One screenshots and videos to your Windows 10 PC, you'll be able to access them like this:

  1. Launch the Xbox app.
  2. Click Game DVR.
  3. Click On this PC.
  4. Select the screenshot or video you want to view.
  5. Click Open folder.

This will open the folder on your computer where the image or video file is saved, so you can share it to any social media platform you like. This also lets you organize and archive your favorite gaming memories.