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(Last Updated On: November 4, 2019)

Screenshots. They are a prime example of something that nobody gave a second thought to, and now it is a part of our daily lives. From phones, to tablets, and even computers, you can take a screenshot of virtually anything. When it comes to gaming though, desktop gamers used to be the only ones able to take screenshots of their gameplay. Until March, 2015 there was no way to take screenshots on your Xbox 1. However, Microsoft has added this feature, so now you can capture specific moments of your gameplay in all of its glory. It is a very simple process, and by following these steps you will be taking screenshots and sharing them with the masses in no time.

Step One

The first thing you will want to do is to make sure your Xbox is up to date with the latest system update. If your Xbox is not up to date, you might not be able to take screenshots on it.

Step Two

Next, you should open whatever game it is that you want to take a screenshot of.

Step Three

Keep playing the game until the perfect moment comes that you want to take a screenshot of. Maybe it is a really awesome kill in Halo, or a new high score you want to show off.

Make sure you do not skip right over what you want to take a screenshot of. I know most of the time, when I finish an online game of Halo, or any number of other games, I do not look at the stats page for very long, even if I know I played an awesome game. I usually just skip right over it. Of course, this is the last thing you want to do if you intend on taking a screenshot, so be careful.

Step Four

Double tap the Xbox button on your controller.

I am not sure if this is the technical name for the button, but it’s what I call it. It is the big round button with an X on it located at the top of your controller, in the center.

Step Five

Lastly, press the yellow Y button, and your screenshot is complete. If you have an Xbox, you already know where this button is. However, if for some reason you do not, it is located on the right side of your controller, at the top of the diamond arrangement of buttons.

How to Take a Screenshot on Xbox 1 with Xbox Kinect

It is already super easy to take a screenshot on an Xbox 1, but if you have Kinect, it is even easier. With Kinect, all you have to do is yell out “Xbox, take a screenshot.” It is as simple as that.

I prefer to use Kinect to take my screenshots because you are able to do it a lot quicker and without potentially messing up your gameplay. However, both methods are super easy to execute, so I would just play around and practice both ways to try and figure out what works best for you.

How to Share Your Screenshot

What good is a screenshot if you do not share it with anyone? This tutorial would not be complete without me also showing you how to share the screenshots that you take.

Step One

Go to the main menu

Step Two

Open the Upload Studio app. From here, you can share and manage all of your screenshots.

Step Three

Choose the Manage Captures option.

Step Four

Find and open the screenshot that you desire to share

Step Five

Press the Menu button.

The Menu button is a small button below and to the right of the Xbox button, it depicts three horizontal lines.

Step Six

Next, select Share. From here, you can share your screenshot on various social media platforms, such as Twitter, it can also be shared via OneDrive, private messaging, or shared to your Xbox activity feed, and your personal Showcase.

As you can tell, you have tons of options when it comes to sharing your screenshots. So you can show off to all your friends and followers on social media.

If you want to make one of your screenshots your background, this can easily be done as well.

Step One

Instead of opening the Upload Studio, open the Upload app.

Step Two

Select My Captures.

Step Three

Open the screenshot that you want to set as your background.

Step Four

Press the Menu button.

Step Five

Lastly, you are going to want to select the Set as Background option from the pop up menu.

Now you have successfully set your awesome screenshot as your background, and you can see it every single time you use your Xbox 1.

Some Tips to Remember

Although you now know how to do three different things, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind.

  1. In order to be able to take screenshots, you must have the latest system update. To make sure you have the latest update, go to your Settings, select System, and then select Update Console. This should get your Xbox console up to date and let you take screenshots
  2. A screenshot only captures what is on the screen at the exact moment you take the screenshot. If you want to capture more than just a split second, say a few seconds, or minutes, then you will need to use the built – in video capture feature. There is a whole entire separate process you have to go through to capture video, but it can be easily done.
  3. This method of taking screenshots will only work on the Xbox 1 console. If you have an Xbox 360 that you want to take a screenshot on, you will have to go through another separate process. It is slightly more complicated, but it can be done.
  4. Practice makes perfect. If you cannot capture the exact moment you want to begin with, just keep practicing. You will eventually get faster and you will be able to do it with your eyes closed.
  5. Don’t overdo it. A lesson that I learned the hard way is that not everyone wants to see tons of screenshots of your gaming. So take as many as you want, maybe just don’t share all of them.