In case you’re wondering why you can’t screenshot Netflix, you should know that Netflix doesn’t allow you to. At least natively. When you try to screenshot a movie or television series using the Netflix website or apps, it will come up as a black screen.
Why? Simple. It is Netflix’s own measure to combat piracy. Netflix similarly blocks attempts at screen recording their material. This way, people have a harder time recording their media and uploading it to torrent sites.
But what about you? You who just want to take a snap of that one moment from a movie that’s absolutely meme-worthy.
Well, you can’t take a Netflix screenshot using Widows’ snipping tool. You can’t take them using any of the apps either. For Mac users, however, you can try the Cmd + Shift + 4 shortcut to bring up Mac’s screenshot tool. Click here to read the full guide.
How to take a screenshot on Netflix
While there’s no official way of taking a Netflix screenshot, you can use a third-party screenshot tool using Google Chrome. For this tutorial, we’ll use FireShot, one of the best screenshot tools in the Chrome extension repository. You can download FireShot by following this link.
Here’s how you can capture Netflix screenshots using a Google Chrome extension like FireShot.
First, go to Netflix. Then, go to the movie/TV show you wish to take a screenshot of. We’ll take a screenshot of this scene from Dead Kids.
Find the FireShot shortcut on the upper-right part of the Chrome UI.
Click on the icon and hit Capture Entire Page. You can also use the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + V.
The extension will then redirect you to a page where you can download your screenshot. Hit Download JPG.
That’s it! You now have taken a screenshot of a Netflix movie/series.
Another tool to help take Netflix screenshots
If you don’t use Google Chrome, you might want to try ShareX. It’s a robust screenshotting tool that lets you manage, edit, and annotate your screenshots. As of press time, ShareX works just as great as FireShot.