How to Screenshot Netflix on Any Device

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Have you ever wanted to share or save something from your Netflix queue? It could be an interesting legend, a captivating landscape, or even a heartwarming reunion between the characters you love the most. In all those moments, a quick screenshot can be the perfect way to preserve the raw emotion or even create some fun memes to share with friends and family.

In this article, we are going to show you how to stream Netflix to a wide range of devices.



Is it really possible to screenshot Netflix?

Netflix does not allow users to take screenshots. If you try to do this, all you will get is a blank screen or a "Could not capture screenshot" prompt. You also cannot create screen recordings.

As disappointing as that is, it's hard to argue the reason behind it. Netflix does this to prevent piracy of content on the platform. Without these restrictions, some unscrupulous users would take the opportunity to create their own copies of copyrighted content for possible redistribution via other platforms.

But are there any workarounds, you ask? The answer is yes. There are several third-party tools you can use to capture Netflix. Some of these tools only work on specific devices. For this reason, we are now going to look at the steps on how to take screenshots on Netflix when using some of the most popular devices out there.

How to Screenshot Netflix on Windows 10 PC?

To capture that fun, embarrassing, or inspiring moment from your favorite show in the blink of an eye on a Windows 10 PC, there are several alternatives:


1. Run your browser in a sandbox

Sandboxing involves running a program in an isolated environment to avoid cyber threats and other coding restrictions. If you're running your browser in a sandbox, you can bypass Netflix's anti-screenshot technology. While there are several apps out there that can get the job done, our top pick is Sandboxie. Here's what you need to do:


  1. Download and install the Sandboxie application on your computer.
  2. Run your browser in a sandbox. To do this, right-click on your browser and click "Run in Sandbox". After that, your browser will launch as usual, but there will be a yellow border around it.
  3. Log into your Netflix account and open the movie or documentary you want to capture.
  4. At this point, you can either use the Windows built-in snipping tool (Snipping Tool) or use the old "Windows + PrtSc" hotkeys.

As long as you're running your browser in a sandbox, you can take as many screenshots as you want. The good thing about Sandboxie is that it does not make any permanent changes to your system. Thus, you can cancel the session and restart your browser in "normal" mode without any problem.

2. Installation de Fireshot

Fireshot is a screenshot browser extension developed to capture complete web pages and automatically store them on your hard drive. You'll love this tool because it gives you the option to save your screenshots in a range of formats, including PDF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, and GIF. To screenshot Netflix using Fireshot, here's what you need to do:


  1. Download and install Google Chrome on your system.
  2. Open the Chrome Online Store.
  3. Type "Fireshot" in the top left search field, then select "Add to Chrome".
  4. Log into your Netflix account and open the part of the movie or documentary you want to capture.
  5. At this point, click on “Extensions” in the upper right corner of your browser and select “Fireshot”.
  6. Select "Capture Full Page" from the context menu. Fireshot will take a screenshot and display it in a new window.
  7. Save the screenshot in the format of your choice.

How to Screenshot Netflix on Mac?

Mac computers are known for their versatility and compatibility with a wide range of tools. If you own one, you'll be pleased to know that there are several tools to help you capture not just Netflix, but other popular streaming sites as well. Now let's see how you can use each of the two most popular tools on the market: Apowersoft and Fireshot.


1. Use Apowersoft

With Apowershot, you can capture just about anything on the screen, without any restrictions. This tool also allows you to annotate your screenshot as you wish, including adding text, shapes, or even a blur effect. Here's how to use it to capture Netflix;

  1. Download and install Apowersoft for Mac on your system. Once the installation is complete, you should see a new icon in the menu bar.
  2. Log into your Netflix account and open the part of the movie or documentary you want to capture.
  3. Use the "Command + R" shortcut to launch screenshot mode.
  4. Drag the cursor along the area you want to capture.
  5. Save the screenshot by clicking on the last icon of the captured image.

2. Use Fireshot

Fireshot works well on Mac computers, but to use it, you need to download and install Chrome browser for Mac. Once this part is removed, do the following:


  1. Open the Chrome Online Store.
  2. Type "Fireshot" in the top left search field, then select "Add to Chrome".
  3. Open Netflix and navigate to the movie or documentary you want to capture.
  4. Click on “Extensions” in the upper right corner of your browser and select “Fireshot”.
  5. In the context menu, click "Capture entire page".
  6. Click on “Save”.

How to Screenshot Netflix on iPad?

Unfortunately, there is no way to capture Netflix on iPad.


If you try to capture Netflix on an iPad using the physical buttons or the assistive touch, you'll be greeted with a blank screen or blurry image.

Does that mean there is no hope? Fortunately, there is. Just like with computers, third-party apps present a decent workaround. You can try an app like AirShou which basically allows users to capture or record anything happening on their iPad in real time without any editing. However, Airshou is not available on the App Store. You will need to obtain it from third-party providers.

How to Screenshot Netflix on iPhone?

As with iPads, Netflix content cannot be captured with the standard iOS Share Sheet, which only works with footage captured from unprotected sources. The usual method of screenshotting on iPhones (by pressing the power button and the home button simultaneously) does not work with Netflix and other websites offering protected entertainment content.

The only workaround, as before, is third-party apps.

How to Screenshot Netflix on Android?

Android may be a bit more flexible on digital rights management (DRM) issues compared to iOS, but it still doesn't let you capture screenshots directly from Netflix. The only solution is third-party apps. However, most of these apps are not easy to use. For example, you may need to turn off your Wi-Fi or turn on airplane mode before taking a photo. But that doesn't mean we don't have a few good ones. Let's see how you can capture Netflix on Android using one of the most popular apps out there – XRecorder app from InShot Inc.

  1. Download and install the XRecorder app.
  2. Once the installation is complete, grant XRecorder permission to draw over other apps. You can do this by visiting the App permission section under “Settings”.
  3. Open Netflix and navigate to the movie or documentary you want to capture. You should be able to see a camera icon on the screen.
  4. Tap the camera icon, then the "briefcase" icon.
  5. Check the box next to "screenshot".
  6. Tap "Screenshot" again on the pop-up screen. The XRecorder application then captures the screen.

You can use these screenshots in blog posts about trending shows and TV series. They're also great for showing off your custom home screen setup with Netflix. Just be sure not to include any personal information such as passwords or account information in the shot!

Additional FAQs

Why are my Netflix screenshots black or blank?

Netflix does not allow screen capture of content on its platform. The goal is to make it difficult to pirate movies and shows. The company's official usage policy states that you must obtain their permission before showing screenshots of their content.

Why does Netflix make it hard to screenshot?

Netflix does not want its users to acquire screenshots of content for distribution. They don't want people to violate their copyrights by downloading copies of "Netflix Originals" or third-party content distributed through the platform. They prefer users to stream the shows rather than share screenshots.

The other reason is that Netflix is ​​getting more and more interested in the idea of ​​spoilers. Part of Netflix's goal is to keep people on the edge of their seat or show them something they've never seen before.

Is it illegal to capture Netflix videos?

Yes. According to the company's usage policy, it is illegal to take screenshots without their consent.

Start taking screenshots like a pro

Screenshots are an important part of being able to discuss a movie or TV show you watched with your friends and family. But with so many devices offering the Netflix app, it can be hard to remember what steps you need for screenshots. Luckily, we've created this handy guide to make your life easier when you're catching up on the latest version or watching your favorite show. To get started, just follow these simple instructions and soon you'll start taking screenshots like a pro!

What device do you mainly use? Let us know in the comments below.

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