How to Capture Screenshots on PS4

Sony's PlayStation 4 (PS4) offers a superior gaming experience with its upgraded hardware and redesigned controller. One of the great features of the PS4 is the ability to take screenshots and record gameplay without the need for additional hardware. However, configuring this option to your liking is essential. In this article, we will explore how to take screenshots on PS4 and make the most out of this feature.

Capture Screenshots on PS4

To capture screenshots on the PS4, simply press and hold the SHARE button on the controller for at least 1 second. A regular tap will open the share menu instead. The captured screenshots will be saved in the screenshot folder of your PS4, called the Capture Gallery. From there, you can copy them to a USB drive, share them on social media, or send them to other PS4 users.

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Open SHARE Display Menu

The SHARE Menu on PS4 provides quick options to save a screenshot or a video clip. This menu is useful when you forget to capture a moment in a game. By pressing the SHARE button on your controller, you can open the menu. Press the triangle(Δ) button to save a screenshot or the circle(O) button to return to your game.

Take Screenshots on PS4- display Menu

However, keep in mind that certain games or settings may restrict the ability to take screenshots. Some developers want to preserve the story and prevent spoilers. In such cases, you can use a capture card to record gameplay without any limitations.

Change SHARE Button Control Type

By default, the PS4 takes a screenshot when you long press the SHARE button, while a single tap opens the Share menu. However, you can change this setting according to your preferences. To do so, go to the Home Page on your PS4, select the Settings icon, scroll down to Sharing and Broadcasts, and then press X. From there, open SHARE Button Control Type and choose between Standard and Easy configurations. The Easy mode allows you to capture screenshots with a single tap on the SHARE button, making it more convenient during gameplay.

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Take a Screenshot Automatically when you earn a Trophy

The PS4 can automatically capture a screenshot every time you earn a trophy in a game. This feature allows you to easily share your achievements on social media. To enable auto screenshots, go to Sharing and Broadcasts Settings, select Screenshot Settings, and tick the checkbox. All your automatically captured screenshots will be saved to the Capture Gallery.

Trophy Screenshots

Link your PS4 Account with your Social Media

By linking your PS4 account with your social media accounts, you can directly share your achievements on platforms like Facebook, Twitch, Twitter, and YouTube. To link your social media accounts, go to Share and Broadcasts Settings, select ‘Link with other Services', and choose the desired icon to begin setup. Enter your credentials to authorize posting permissions for the PS4. Once linked, you can post directly from the Capture Gallery. If you wish to unlink your account in the future, you can do so in the same Settings page.

Link with other Services

Share a Post on Social Media

To share a post on your social media accounts, go to the Capture Gallery, select a screenshot, press and hold the SHARE button, select your social media account, and click Share.

Share Screenshot

Copy Screenshots to a USB Drive

If you want to transfer your captured screenshots to a computer or smartphone, you can copy them to a USB drive. Go to the Capture Gallery, press the options button on the PS4 controller, and select ‘Copy to USB Storage Device'. All your files will be copied to the flash drive, allowing for easy transfer.

Copy to USB Storage Device

The PS4 offers a range of useful features for capturing and sharing your gaming achievements. Whether you want to share your screenshots on social media or save them for personal use, the PS4 makes it easy. If you encounter any issues while capturing screenshots or recording videos, feel free to drop a comment and seek assistance.

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