How to Take a Screenshot with BlueStacks Android Emulator in Seconds

BlueStacks is a popular Android emulator that allows you to run Android apps and games on your Windows or Mac computer. It provides an easy way to take screenshots of your Android gameplay or apps without needing an actual Android device.

Why Take Screenshots on BlueStacks

Here are some common reasons you may want to take screenshots using BlueStacks:

  • Capture your high game scores to share with friends
  • Save conversations or information from apps like WhatsApp
  • Create tutorials and guides for Android apps/games
  • Report bugs to developers
  • Capture memorable or funny in-game moments

How to Take Screenshots on BlueStacks

Taking screenshots on BlueStacks is quick and simple. Here are the step-by-step instructions for Windows and Mac.

On Windows

  1. Launch BlueStacks and open the app or game you want to capture.
  2. Press Ctrl + Shift + S on your keyboard or click the camera icon in the sidebar to take a screenshot.
  3. Select where you want to save the screenshots. By default, they are saved to C:\Users$$user]\Pictures\BlueStacks.
  4. Access your screenshots through the Media Manager in BlueStacks or directly from the save location.

On Mac

  1. Launch BlueStacks and open the desired app/game.
  2. Click on Actions in the menu bar at the top.
  3. Select Take Screenshot from the dropdown menu.
  4. Your screenshot will be automatically captured and saved.
  5. Access it through the Media Manager in System Apps.

How to Record Gameplay

Along with taking screenshots, you can also record videos of your Android gameplay using BlueStacks’ built-in recorder.

Here’s how to record your gameplay:

  1. Launch the game you want to record.
  2. Click the Screen Recording icon in the sidebar toolbar.
  3. Click Start Recording and your gameplay will now be captured.
  4. To stop recording, click the Stop Recording button.
  5. Access your videos through the Media Manager.

BlueStacks Screenshot and Video Quality

BlueStacks allows taking screenshots and recording gameplay videos in high definition quality up to 1080p at 60fps.

You can configure the video quality, resolution, bitrate and other settings by going to the Media Manager settings.

Accessing Your Screenshots and Videos

All your screenshots and recordings are saved by default to the C:\Users$$user]\Pictures\BlueStacks folder on Windows.

On Mac, they are stored in ~/Library/Application Support/BlueStacks/Engine/UserData/Media.

You can also easily access them through the BlueStacks Media Manager app in System Apps. Here you can view, edit or delete your screenshots and videos.

Tips for Taking Better Screenshots

  • Use fullscreen mode in games for maximum screenshot quality
  • Time your screenshots well to capture peak moments
  • Rotate landscape for wider screenshots if needed
  • Try different DPI settings for sharper image quality
  • Use annotations if you want to highlight or point something out


Taking screenshots and recording your Android gameplay on BlueStacks is very simple and provides an easy way to capture your favorite mobile gaming moments on your desktop.

With just a couple clicks, you can take high-quality screenshots and videos without needing to connect any Android devices or cables.

So next time you get an epic victory in Mobile Legends or want to save that 1 million Clash Royale game, just press Ctrl+Shift+S and let BlueStacks handle the rest!

I have over 5 years of experience using BlueStacks to run mobile apps and games on my PC. Let me know if you have any other questions!