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How to Take Screenshots on Your Smart TV

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We’re all accustomed to taking screenshots on our Android phones, Apple devices, and computers, but you can also take screenshots on your smart TV or streaming device. It’s just more complicated, and it depends what you’re taking a screenshot of in the first place.

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These devices can prevent you from screenshotting movies and TV shows you’re watching, thanks to high-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP). However, it never hurts to try. And there may even come a time where you need to upload a screenshot of your device’s interface—if you’re troubleshooting, for example.

On the plus side, you can take screenshots without the use of paid apps across Android TV, Roku, Apple TV, the Nvidia Shield, and Amazon’s Fire TV. Here’s how:

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Taking screenshots on the Apple TV

Apple TV lets you take screenshots of the Apple TV’s interface remotely on Mac, but the Apple TV’s copyright protection is some of the strictest out there, so you won’t be grabbing frames of stuff you’re watching on DRM-friendly apps.

  1. Connect your Apple TV and your Mac to the same network.
  2. Open QuickTime Player on your Mac.
  3. Go to “File” > “New Movie Recording.”
  4. In the live-feed window that appears, select your Apple TV from the drop down menu.
  5. A four digit code should appear on your Apple TV screen. Input that code into QuickTime on your Mac to connect the two devices.
  6. Once you can see your Apple TV interface in QuickTime, press Shift + Cmd + 5 to bring up the screenshot toolbar. Click “Capture” to take a screenshot.

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Taking screenshots on an Android TV

If your Android TV device has a dedicated remote controller app available, check around for a screenshot button. This is the easiest way to take a screenshot on your TV. However, not all Android TVs offer such apps, and only a few include a screenshot function. In those cases, you’ll need a third-party Android TV remote app that lets you take screenshots, such as CetusPlay.

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  1. Install CetusPlay from the Google Play Store on your Android TV and your Android phone.
  2. Make sure both devices are connected to the same wifi network.
  3. Next, enable USB debugging on your Android TV. Go to Settings > About and select “Build” seven times in a row until you see the message “Developer mode has been activated.”
  4. Go back to Settings. Go to Developer options > USB Debugging, and enable “USB Debugging.”
  5. Open CetusPlay on your Android device.
  6. Tap the three-bar icon, then select “Screen Capture” to take a screenshot of your Android TV.

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Taking screenshots on the Nvidia Shield

The Nvidia shield is the only device on this list that actually lets you take a screenshot natively—no third-party apps or external hardware necessary.

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  1. Open the Nvidia shield’s Settings app.
  2. Go to “Device Preferences” > “System” > “Nvidia Share.”
  3. Turn Nvidia share on. You can now take screenshots.
  4. Hold the Home button on the Nvidia Shield remote or the remote controller app to open the share menu.
  5. Select “Screenshot.”
  6. Select “Save to Photos.”

Taking screenshots on a Roku TV/device

Roku users can grab screenshots using the web browser of a PC connected to the same network as the streaming device.

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  1. First, you need to enter developer mode on your Roku device. Using the Roku remote or remote controller app, tap the Home three times, the Up button two times, then Right, Left, Right.
  2. Select “Enable installer and restart” or “Disable installer and restart.” (whichever is listed first)
  3. After your Roku reboots, go to Settings > System > About.
  4. Write down the device’s IP address.
  5. Next, Open a browser window on your computer.
  6. Type in the Roku’s IP address.
  7. Enter your username and password to login.
  8. Once you’re logged in, click “Utilities.”
  9. Click on the “Screenshot” button and the screenshot image will appear on screen. Right-click the picture then select “save image” to download it to your PC.

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Taking screenshots on Amazon’s Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV screenshots must be taken with the help of an externally-connected PC with ADB platform tools installed.

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  1. On your Fire TV device, go to Settings > My Fire TV > About > Network. Jot down your device’s IP address.
  2. Go back to Settings, then go to select Developer Options > ADB Debugging, and enable ADB Debugging mode.
  3. On your PC, Download and install ADB tools. This guide should make it easy.
  4. Open the ADB folder on your computer. Shift + right-click on an empty space, then select “Open command window here.”
  5. In the command prompt window, run this command: adb connect "IP" (note: replace “IP” with your Fire Stick’s IP address we grabbed in steps 1 and 2).
  6. A connection prompt will pop up on your Fire TV’s screen. Accept to complete the connection.
  1. You can now take screenshots remotely from your PC using command prompt. Run adb shell screencap -p /sdcard/image.png to take a screenshot. Then run adb pull /sdcard/image.png to save the screenshot to your PC’s ADB folder.

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Grab this offer while it’s still around!


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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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