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How to take a screenshot and video on Xbox Series X and S

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No matter how good you are at a game, it will always be difficult to convince your friends that the closer they are, the more evidence it will take to get them to believe in your incredible abilities..

While your legendary tales may be enough for a while, most people prefer to see evidence for confirmation. Uploading a clip of your gameplay will work, but saving and sharing the clip will take a lot longer than taking a simple score screenshot. You will only have time to quickly capture the screen and return to your game, so knowing the feature well is essential.

For Xbox gamers, taking screenshots can be tricky due to the lack of a dedicated button on the controller. Microsoft has since fixed the issue with the latest generation of devices, and there is now a share button on the console that lets you take quick screenshots without any complexity..

This new screenshot method ensures you don't give up on ingame action just to take it, allowing you to get back into the game as quickly as possible.

Here's how to take a screenshot on the Xbox Series X and S..

  • Launch the game of your choice and play.
  • When something you want to capture happens, tap the share icon on the controller. It sits in the middle, with an up arrow.
  • A message should appear on your screen informing you that the screenshot has been taken, and hold down the Xbox button to see what it looks like.

Alternatively, you can also take a screenshot via the help guide on the menu.

  • Press the Xbox button to go to the guide menu.
  • Once you see the menu, press Y to take a screenshot.

How to take a video capture on the Xbox Series X and S?

Recording a video clip on Xbox Series X and S is almost the same as taking a screenshot. Instead of pressing the share button while playing, you have to keep it pressed to start the recording process.

If you want to record something that you just did that is finished, you have to press the Xbox button to go to the guide menu, then go to the share tab. You will be able to get a copy of what was done previously, up to 2 minutes back.

How do I view and access my screenshots / video on Xbox Series X and S?

Your small collection of screenshots and video on your game history will mean less if you don't know where it is stored. You'll be able to preview them right after recording, but you'll need to find them in the guide menu to check every screenshot and video recordings.

  • Press the Xbox button to go to the guide.
  • Scroll sideways to go to the “save and share” menu.
  • Go to the recent recordings tab, and your archives will be waiting for you there.
    • You have the option to delete your screenshots and video from this menu, and you can upload them to Twitter, OneDrive, or directly through the Club directly from your Xbox. 

If you make a lot of recordings and would like to reduce the file size to conserve your storage space, you can also change the resolution of the recordings in the options of the shares and recordings menu.

  • Once in the recordings and sharing menu, go to the clip resolution section.
  • Clicking on the same clip resolution will reveal other resolution options and you just have to choose the one that suits your needs.

How do I share screenshots and video on Xbox Series X and S?

All screenshots are personal memos, but some will be just too good not to be shared. While taking a screenshot on Xbox Series X and S is relatively easy, it might be different for sharing them.

In order to share a screenshot or recorded video, you will need to press the Xbox button.

  • Once inside the guide menu, go to the recording and sharing section.
  • Locate recent captures and open it to view your recent recordings.
  • Take the screenshot or video you want to share and choose the sharing platform.
  • You will have the choice to upload your content to the activity feed, send it by message or even on Twitter or OneDrive.
  • Sharing them on Twitter or saving them on OneDrive will require signing in to your accounts. This means that you will need to connect to Twitter or OneDrive on Xbox to share or add content on these platforms.
  • Once you have completed these steps, you will see a final screen and your content will be posted as soon as you hit “Share Now”.

The location of the share button may change on unofficial controllers, but the rest of the process will always be the same. If you plan to use your ingame content to create content, investing in a registration card can also be a good idea.

It will be easy to transfer your recordings to your PC, and you will be able to record your entire gaming sessions.


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