How to: Take a screenshot of Glass display using ADB

We already have a guide on how to record your Glass display using ADB but what if you want to only take a picture on your display? This guide will allow you to take a screenshot of the Glass display. You might want to use it for your own non-Glass made vignettes or in our case use it to help readers understand tutorials better.

To complete any part of this tutorial you will need to have ADB installed prior to taking screenshots. You can follow our previous ADB tutorial for both Mac and Windows which teaches you how to install ADB and set your PATH. After you complete that come back to this tutorial to learn how to take screenshots of your Glass display.

How to install ADB on Mac

How to install ADB on Windows

How to take a screenshot of your Glass display

After you successfully install ADB itself on your computer (and added it to your PATH), you are almost ready to start taking screenshots of your Glass display.

  1. Put on Google Glass and swipe all the way to the left and click on the Settings bundle. Next, navigate to the right and click on the Device Info card. Swipe to right and you will want to tap the “Turn on debug” card, giving our computer access to Glass once plugged in.
  2. Next, plug Glass into your Mac/Windows computer using the Micro-USB cable provided by Google. I highly recommend using the cable provided by Google because Explorers using third-party cables have run into problems in some cases where their computer won’t recognize Glass.
  3. For Mac, open Terminal. You can find this basic command prompt app in “Utilities” in your Application folder, or by typing “Terminal” in spotlight. For Windows open CMD. You can open this by clicking the start button, and in the “search programs and files” box, simply type in “CMD”.

I will be using a Mac; however, it is the same process on a Windows machine. Once you have a command prompt window open, type the following and press Enter:

adb devices

You should see something similar to the screenshot below.

ADB Devices

At this point put the card you want to have a screenshot of on Glass. The screen must be active when you press enter on the following command. You can change GlassScreenshot to whatever name you please but that is what we will be using today. To take the screenshot type the following and press Enter:

adb shell /system/bin/screencap -p /sdcard/GlassScreenshot.png

The command above took the screenshot of your Glass display however we still need to retrieve said screenshot. That is why we have to type the following command and press Enter:

adb pull /sdcard/GlassScreenshot.png GlassScreenshot.png

You should see something similar to the screenshot below.

ADB Complete

You can now find your screenshot in the Home folder of your computer.

That’s it! You just took a screenshot using ADB for Mac or Windows. Leave your suggestions for other tutorials in the comments below!

Here are some examples of the screenshots you can make using this tutorial.

How to: Record Google Glass Screen using ADB

Back in September of last year, Google released XE9 which brought various features for Explorers. One of these features was the arrival of Vignettes. Vignettes superimpose a screenshot of your Glass display over a picture taken through Glass. Continue reading “How to: Record Google Glass Screen using ADB”

How to: Sideload Google Glass apps using ChromeADB for Mac and Windows

We recently published two articles walking you through how to sideload apps onto Google Glass using ADB on both Mac and Windows. Both of these methods, on each respective system,  used built-in software (besides the SDK itself) that you can use without any prior configuration. Today, though, we’re going to walk you through an easier way to accomplish the same outcome via an app called ChromeADB. The app is a piece of Chrome software made by BrickSimple, which allows you to easily access ADB functions in a more user-friendly way–and with an awesome UI!  Continue reading “How to: Sideload Google Glass apps using ChromeADB for Mac and Windows”

How to: Sideload Google Glass apps using ADB on Windows

Every day it seems there are more and more awesome apps being released by developers, but many are not – and may never be – listed as official Glassware by Google . So how exactly does one sideload an app to Google Glass using Windows? Installing–or “sideloading” as it is more commonly referred to–an app may seem like a daunting task to those who have not done it before, but it’s a pretty simple process provided a little care is taken and you have some amount of familiarity with basic Windows commands. Today, I will be providing you with the steps needed in order to successfully sideload an app onto Google Glass using Windows. Continue reading “How to: Sideload Google Glass apps using ADB on Windows”

Should I get Google Glass? We’ve got the answer in Venn diagram and flow chart form

This question is asked far too often. Google has been shipping the Explorer Edition of Glass for almost a year now, and it seems as if people are still confused as to whether or not the device is for them. At $1,500, you would think that deciding whether or not to jump on the latest-technology bandwagon would be a non-problem for most people. But, alas, Google has seemingly graced us with hundreds of spare Glass invites, and everyone and their mom seems to be wondering whether or not they should buy the device. It is pretty cool, after all. Continue reading “Should I get Google Glass? We’ve got the answer in Venn diagram and flow chart form”

How to: Sideload Google Glass apps using ADB on a Mac

Google now has a decent number of apps listed in the Glassware section of MyGlass, but due to certain restrictions, many apps are currently not eligible to be listed in the Glassware collection. If you want to install these non-Glassware apps and other software, you’re required to put in a little more effort than just flipping a switch in the MyGlass app. This tutorial is going to teach you, step-by-step, how to set up ADB on your Mac and how to use it install and uninstall sideloaded apps on Google Glass. Continue reading “How to: Sideload Google Glass apps using ADB on a Mac”