How to Take Screenshots on Restricted Apps on Android (Three Quick Ways)

Some mobile apps such as Tor Browser, secured Facebook pages, Chrome’s Incognito mode, streaming apps, and banking apps have the screenshot restriction preventing you from taking screenshots of the app for the sake of your privacy and security. But there are methods to bypass an android app screenshot restriction. In this article, we are going to guide you on taking screenshots on such restricted apps on your Android device.

Method 1: Using Google Assistant

This is one of the easiest methods to avoid the screenshot restriction on Android without rooting the device. Follow the below steps.

Step 1. Press and hold the home button to open the Google Assistant.

Step 2. Tap on the Compass icon.

Step 3. Now you are on the Explore page. Tap on the profile picture or vertical three dots icon on the top-right corner of the page.

Step 4. Tap on the Settings from the opened menu.

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Step 5. Now you are on the Settings page. Tap on the Assistant tab from the top navigation. Tap on the Phone (or Tablet) under the Assistant devices section.

Step 6. Scroll down to the bottom and switch on the toggle buttons next to Use Screen Context under the General section. Screen Context setting will show you the content on the screen when you launch the Google Assistant, and it will enable Google Assistant to capture a screenshot.

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Step 7. Now, Launch the app that you want to take the screenshot again.

Step 8. Then launch the Google Assistant again.

Step 9. Tap on “What’s on my screen?” button. Now Google Assistant will analyze the content on your screen.

Step 10. If you get a message saying nothing found on your screen, just ignore it. Then tap on the Share Screenshot button. Now, Google Assistant will capture the screenshot and allow you to share it with different apps.

How to Take Screenshots on Restricted Apps on Android

Note: After taking the screenshot, do not forget to disable the screen analysis settings for your security. If not Google Assistant will continue analyzing your screen data.

Method 2: How to Take Screenshot in Restricted App Using a Third-party App

Some apps notify other users when you take screenshots of their posts. Snapchat is a great example of this.

So if you do not want to let others know when you take a screenshot, then using a third-party app like AZ Screen Recorder, Screen Master or Screenshot touch will be the best method for you. This method also does not require rooting your device.

Method 3: Using ReEnable Screenshot Module

If the above methods did not work for you, then you have to root your device. But keep in mind rooting will void your device’s warranty. So you have to take the risk.

  1. After rooting the device, install the Xposed installer on your device.
  2. Download the ReEnable Screenshot [XPOSED] Module from the Playstore.
  3. Open Xposed.
  4. Activate ReEnable Screenshot [XPOSED] from the Modules.
  5. Restart your device.
  6. Launch ReEnable Screenshot [XPOSED] on the device.
  7. You can see all the apps installed on your device as a list. Put a tick on the checkbox that is next to the app name that has the screenshot restriction.
  8. Now, launch that app that you put a tick in the previous step and take the screenshot you want. Great!! It’s working, right?


We hope you find this guide helpful in taking screenshots on restricted apps on your Android device.

FAQs – Take Screenshots on Restricted Apps on Android

Why can’t I take a screenshot on Facebook?

Android enables developers of applications to decide that their app (or part of their app) is protected from screenshots or sharing. Facebook used it inside the dating portion of their app for privacy reasons.

Why can’t I take screenshots in incognito?

For Android 6 (Marshmallow) and above, you can’t take screenshots in incognito mode on Chrome. Google has introduced this change as an effort to increase security.

Why is my phone not letting me a screenshot?

You can notice a number of applications where the screenshots are limited in banking apps or payment apps in particular for security reasons.

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