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Evernote has decided to block screenshots. I never asked to disable screenshots of my notes. Don't tell me how to use my phone. Don't take over my phone. This is a NOTE-TAKING app, not a banking app or a porn app or a premium photography app; there is LITERALLY no reason to block screenshots.

Stop disabling screenshots. This is ridiculous.

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@danhash Thanks for your observation. I fear, though, that you are mistaken.  I have just checked and I can screenshot notes in Evernote 10 on an Android 11 phone without difficulty.  So I don't believe that there is any evidence that "Evernote has decided to block screenshots."

Of course, that means it isn't working on your phone which is certainly frustrating but not evidence of an Evernote decision in this case.  It took me awhile to work out how to make a screenshot in Android 11 - the operation has changed in Android 11 to Android 10 but once I had done a search to remind myself of how to capture a screenshot in 11 it has worked everytime.

It's also worth noting that these are peer support forums so berating Evernote isn't much use here. :(

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5 hours ago, matej1990 said:

Weird limitation for a note taking app. Please enable it.

As I've noted above I don't believe that this is an intentional limitation in Evernote since I can do this. Perhaps it is connected with the ways a screenshot is being made.  I get it to work with a note open on the device then I trigger the screenshot with Android default option of holding the down volume and power buttons together.

How did you attempt to trigger the screen shot?

Could this be a bug that is dependent upon the device/implementation of the OS? It is working as described on my OnePlus 8, Oxygen OS11.

Three examples follow...

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I can't make a screenshot with hardware button combination (same buttons as you used) or with a software (on screen) button.
Developers can can enable flag in the app for sensitive content and with it disable screenshots on Android. Maybe OnePlus has different screenshot taking approach, that bypasses this app flag. There are screenshot taking apps in the Google Play, that also can also bypass this restrictions.

Go to Chrome browser on this same phone, open an incognito tab and try to make a screenshot.

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I just tested and I was able to successfully take a screenshot both in the lists view and inside a note. I was also in the Android beta program, and my app's build number is slightly different than the "release" version of Evernote 10 for Android. I wonder if this is a factor?

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16 hours ago, matej1990 said:

Go to Chrome browser on this same phone, open an incognito tab and try to make a screenshot.

Just to confirm, screenshot in a Chrome incognito tab is blocked on my OP8. 

I suspect that this issue is much less straightforward than a deliberate decision by Evernote to block screenshots.  I note that @Paul A. is able to successfully do this. I have build 1107959.

It would be interesting to know the build number for @matej1990 and @danhash Also the device that @danhash and @Paul A. are using. You are right that Android app development is much more complex than for iOS because the wide range of evices, OS implementations etc.

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Yes, I know that Chrome incognito tabs don't allow screenshots, that is why I asked @agsteele to try it. I was 100% sure, that his OnePlus phone uses some other screenshot capture procedure, that bypasses no-screenshot flag in the apps. That is why I'm surprised.

And yes. I tried to made a screenshot inside the Evernote app. Nowhere inside the app is not possible to make a screenshot. If I switch to the Google Keep, I can make a screenshot, if I switch again to Evernote it's impossible.

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I got it! If I turn off passcode inside the settings, I can make a screenshot.

passcode turned on = no screenshots
passcode turned off = screenshots

Good job guys! We don't need Evernote android forum stuff. :D

Have a great transition into the new year!

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Actually, I think this is an appropriate level of security. If I add a passocde then I am seeking additional security for my notes and content.  It is a trivial matter to temporarily disable the passcode make the screenshot then turn passcode back on. For me the kley was knowing what I needed to do.

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Guest Johanna

I solved the problem by activating "Notifications" in Settings -> Apps -> Evernote.

The notifications had been disabled.

After activating it, Screenshots are possible now.

 

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Guest Kirst

So basically it's time to find a note app that has the functionality Evernote USED to have because it's over.

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56 minutes ago, Guest Kirst said:

So basically it's time to find a note app that has the functionality Evernote USED to have because it's over.

Evernote 10 does have this function (quite possibly missing other stuff) but to create a screenshot you need to have your passcode security turned off... The screenshot stuff is respecting the passcode security.

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You want to be secure, or you want to have user comfort ? Sometimes there is a conflict.

IMHO setting barrier behind barrier on a personal device in most cases doesn’t make sense. I think that it is ok when EN is locking things up when security is take to extremes. I would disable that Passcode stuff …

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I haaaaate this feature, I'm a heavy user of Evernote and you guys are just begging me to leave the app. I use screenshots all the time.

Can't download the photos either, they show up gray I'm the downloaded file, so basically you locked my images and files forever.

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14 hours ago, Andres0852 said:

I haaaaate this feature, I'm a heavy user of Evernote and you guys are just begging me to leave the app. I use screenshots all the time.

Can't download the photos either, they show up gray I'm the downloaded file, so basically you locked my images and files forever.

A guess, that you have Passcode security turned on. As you'll see explained further up the thread, Evernote respects the additional security setting and disables Screenshots in that circumstance. Turn off Passcode security and you can screenshot to your heart's content.

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On 12/29/2020 at 4:37 PM, danhash said:

Evernote has decided to block screenshots. I never asked to disable screenshots of my notes. Don't tell me how to use my phone. Don't take over my phone. This is a NOTE-TAKING app, not a banking app or a porn app or a premium photography app; there is LITERALLY no reason to block screenshots.

Stop disabling screenshots. This is ridiculous.

Same issue and I hate it, all my photos are trapped. Cannot even download them 

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From my Samsung Note 20 screen capture does work. Hold down the on/off and the column down button, screen shot every time. 

System data:

One UI: 3.1

Android version: 11

Google Play system update: May 2, 2021

Sometimes on some financial sites I cannot capture a screen shot, with Evernote screen shots work as expected.

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