How to Take a Screenshot on Amazon Fire TV Stick with ADB


There can be many occasions where it is necessary to take  a screenshot on Amazon Fire TV stick devices (and Fire TV). You may want to save configuration settings as an image or capture certain things that you have setup on the device. The easiest way to do this is to use the ADB (Android Debug Bridge) application that comes as part of the Android Studio developer suite. In this “How to Take a Screenshot on Amazon Fire TV Stick with ADB” post we will take you through both the setup requirements and the process for taking Amazon Fire TV screenshots.

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How to Take a Screenshot on Amazon Fire TV Stick with ADB

Download and Install Android Studio

The first step is to download and install the Android Studio application onto your PC. Visit the official Android Studio download page here and click on the download button in the centre of the page. When the application has downloaded run the executable and install to a file path of your choice.

Setting Up the Amazon Fire TV Stick for ABD

Next we need to allow access for the ADB application on the Amazon Fire TV Stick. To do this click Settings on the left hand menu and then go to system. Now click on Developer Options and you will be presented with the following screen. You must switch on ADB Debugging:

Take Screenshot on Amazon Firestick
ADB Debugging Mode

In order to connect to our Amazon Fire TV Stick device with ADB we need to find out it’s IP address. To do this select Settings on the left hand pane and then select System - About - Network. The screen that follows shows the IP address of your Amazon Fire TV Stick. Make a note of it. [Read: How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV Stick with no PC]

Take Screenshot on Amazon Firestick

Once you have installed Android Studio to take screenshot on amazon Firestick open up a command prompt by typing cmd into the Cortana box at the bottom left of the windows screen. When the command line interface opens navigate to the folder location of ADB by typing cd\Users\media\AppData\Local\Android\Sdk\platform-tools\ . Change the user (shown in bold) to the name of your Windows user account. If you changed the location of your Android Studio install you must ammend the path accordingly. The screenshot below shows this navigation:

take a screenshot on Amazon Fire TV Stick
Navigate to the ADB Folder

We now need to connect our PC to your Amazon Fire TV Stick. Enter the following command:

adb connect

The IP address at the end of this command is the address you noted down in the previous section.

To take a screen shot on Amazon Fire TV Stick enter the following command:

adb shell screencap -p /sdcard/image.png

This command will capture the current screen on you Amazon Fire TV stick and save it to the on-board SD card. To download this file to your computer enter the following command:

adb pull /sdcard/image.png

This will download the screenshot you have just taken into the folder that you are running ADB from. The image below shows the two commands being executed. [Read: 3 Best Windows TV Stick Devices- Alternatives to Android]

Amazon Fire TV Stick Screen Capture
Take Your Amazon Fire TV Stick Screenshot

You have now completed the “take screenshot on Amazon Firestick” process and your screenshot will be available for you to use and edit on your computer. You can use the ADB application for a number of things including installing downloaded apps onto you Amazon Fire TV Stick. See our Guides section for more uses for the ADB application. [Read: Intel Compute Windows TV Stick Price Compare & Review]