Screenshots: how to view web pages, maps and more without using data

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Screenshots are a simple way to save things like web pages so you can quickly and easily view them offline when you need them most. Meaning you won't have to use up your data allowances by going online again.

Perhaps it's flight details you want to keep to hand or a map showing a cycle route or walking trail – or maybe it's just a list of your favourite team's upcoming fixtures. Whatever it is, if it's stored locally on your phone as a screenshot, it's always available.

How to take a screenshot with your smartphone

Whether you're on Android, Windows Phone or iOS, it's incredibly straightforward to capture, save and share a screenshot with the latest smartphones. Here's how it's done:


Assuming your Android phone or tablet is reasonably up to date, taking a screenshot couldn't be simpler. Just press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons together. Or, if your Android device has a home button, hold down the Power and Home buttons instead.

When the screen flashes, this indicates that the screenshot has been taken and is now available in your Gallery.

You'll also get a notification at the top of the screen giving you the option to delete, share or edit the image.

Windows Phone

If you have an older Windows Phone, you unfortunately won't be able to take screenshots. But if you have version 8 or above, you simply press the Power and Volume Up buttons simultaneously.

Your screenshot will automatically be saved to the Screenshots album in the Photo Hub and you can easily share them using messaging and social media apps, as well as email.


If you've got an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, taking screenshots is a breeze. Just hold down the Lock button and press the Home button. The familiar camera shutter noise will tell you when your screenshot has been taken.

To find your screenshot, open the Photos app, go to Albums and choose Camera Roll. Sharing your screenshot is as quick and easy as sharing any other photo.

Other ways to save web pages offline

If a screenshot won't do, there are other ways to save web pages so you can access them without an internet connection and without using up your data allowance.

On Android, you can easily save a web page as a PDF file:

1.In your Chrome browser, find the web page you want to save.
2. Tap the three dot menu button at the top right of your screen, then tap Print.
3. Now choose the Save as PDF option.
4. The webpage is now saved in your smartphone's local storage. To find it, go to Settings > Storage > Downloads.

On iPhone, you can save a web page to your Reading List:

1. In Safari, tap the Action button at the foot of the screen – it looks like a box with an arrow.
2. Now choose Add to Reading List on the bottom row of icons.
3. The web page is now saved locally on your iPhone. To find it, open your Bookmarks, then tap the Reading List tab – it's the one that looks like a pair of glasses.

Whichever option you choose – screenshot, PDF or Reading List – saving pages offline means you'll always have the information you want, when you want it, without using your data.