When it comes to blogging, more people are using their mobile devices to create content, post images and leave comments on other blogs than ever before. With so much attention on mobile, it’s important to learn how to use your device in ways that you may have thought were only possible on a laptop or desktop computer. Mobile devices can come in handy when creating blog posts or adding content to your website. The iPhone and Android (Google Play) platforms have both made their mobile phones simple to take a screenshot and use it in your online content. This is especially true if you are on your mobile device a lot and come across content you might want to write about later — these are the times when a good screenshot will not only work as a reminder, but also as a way to create images and screenshots that you can then post to your site.
In this post, we’ll show you how to take a screenshot with both the iPhone and Android devices and upload them to the web for use in your content.
If you have an iPhone, follow the following steps to capture your phone screen:
- Press the Home and Sleep/Wake Button.
- Display what you want to snap on your iPhone screen.
- Press and hold the “Sleep/wake” button and press the Home button.
- Go to your iPhone Camera Roll menu to find your screenshot.
Once you have located the photos you want to use, you can share them to social media or send them to your iTunes account. You can also send your iPhone media to your Mac computer where you can edit them or enhance them with your favorite editing software.
Android phones are also equipped with an automatic screen capture device by simply clicking a few buttons. Follow these steps on your Android phone.
- Go to the screen that you want to capture.
- Press and hold the power and volume down button simultaneously.
- Your screen with flash and show a brief preview of the picture you took.
- Your photos will generally be saved to your “Gallery” or another directory that you have designated as your photo folders within your Android phone.
Once you have captured your photos via screencasting, simply upload to Google Drive, share with social media, or upload to your blogging platform. If you are using Blogger.com, there is a function available that you can use to easily upload pictures to your Blogger account and paste them in your blog post while you are writing a post on mobile devices.
One of the easiest ways to handle your photos is to upload to Google Drive immediately after taking them, then upload them to any platform you want to use them on your web pages and more.
Optimizing for the Web from Mobile
Remember that you should set your phone settings to the highest resolution possible if you plan to post them on your website or blog. Internet specifications are different than mobile devices for best quality so make sure your photos are in the right format to use on internet sites.
Screen capturing images is easy whether you have an iPhone or Android phone. Just follow the directions above to save screen images and then you can do whatever you want to do with them. At the same time, also make sure that you have a mobile-friendly version of your WordPress site running. This way, when people go to access your site or blog, they will have a responsive version loading through their mobile viewing, and also the ability to see a full high-quality version of your site if they are using a desktop or laptop. You can learn more about how to set this up in this mobile responsive guide.
Using Mobile Devices and Image Application Tools
There are several great creative tools that you can use to optimize and edit your images. One tool is Pixlr photo editing for mobile users. Apple and Google Play have several other tools you can download and use.
As more people use mobile to surf the internet and create graphics and images, there will be even more tools you’ll be able to use to optimize your photos for the web as well as mobile devices.
If you are new to the idea and concept of starting a blog and using your blog to create and update it with content, don’t worry — you are not alone. Follow our free how to start a blog guide and discover how easy it is to go live with a blog of your own. Even if you only have a mobile device to keep it updated!