Ever wanted to take screenshots remotely quickly? Or just wanted to take a screenshot of your website from some other computer for testing purposes. At the same time, we have reviewed numerous tools that let you capture a website screenshot. But these tools require you to download and install some program on your device – but how about capturing these screenshots remotely? There are a lot of free services available that can capture website screenshots for you. And we’ve tried to list out the best five here. You can use these services to take remote screenshots and capture any URL you want, and you will be provided with an image output that you can use further on your website or other projects.
How to take screenshots of a website remotely
Here is the list of websites that can take screenshots remotely without you opening the website in the browser. It also ensures the websites don’t track you for visiting them.
- Screenshot Machine
Try each of these tools to figure out what works best for you.
Web-Capture is a free online website capturing service originally started as a fun project. But this service turned out pretty well and is now used by many users to capture website screenshots. The service is straightforward to use. You need to enter the website address and hit the capture button. There are a lot of advertisements on the page, so make sure you click the right button. The service is free and runs on adverts and donations, so please don’t mind the advertisements. The entire process was pretty fast, and I did not have to face any queues whatsoever.
The screenshot was available soon after I clicked the button. The screenshot displayed on the website is not a full-size screenshot, but you can view or download the full-size screenshot separately. You can also download full-sized screenshots in a zip format. The full-size screenshot captures the entire website through its length and is preferred for longer blog posts and other pages. And an email service is also available to notify you whenever your screenshot is ready to download. Click here to go to Web-Capture.
Snapito is another quick website snapshot service that has a lot to offer. Rather than creating simple screenshots, it provides its users with some simple customizations. You need to enter the URL, configure a few settings, and you are ready to snap. The first customization available is the device width. You can select width from a variety of presets available. By changing the width, you can take snapshots as if they were taken from a mobile device, an iPad, a computer, or maybe an HD TV. The next option available is the length of the page. You can capture a full-length, medium, or short-length screenshot. And then you can add delay up to 25 seconds. Adding delay can allow all the components to load correctly.
The generated screenshots are good quality and can be downloaded and shared easily. Click here to go to Snapito.
URL2PNG is a paid API that offers Screenshots as a Service. Although the plans are paid, you can take screenshots from the URL2PNG website for free. There are no customizations available. Only a full-length simple screenshot is allowed on the free website. But the screenshot quality is maintained high. Click here to go to URL2PNG.
4. Screenshot Machine
Screenshot Machine is a free screenshot service that also comes with API access. So, you can fetch screenshots from your app using the API. You need to sign up to enjoy all the features. There is a free and a paid plan available as well. The free plan offers 100 new URLs monthly and full-length screenshots. Click here to go to Screenshot Machine.
Browsershots is an excellent service initially meant to check a website’s compatibility with different browsers on different operating systems. So, you can enter the URL and then select the browsers and operating systems you want to check your website on. Also, you can choose the browser version number for more enhanced testing. The best part is that you can view and save the screenshots from all the browsers. You are allowed to make 170 requests in a day without signing up. Click here to go to Browsershots.
Do you know any other? Please tell us about it in the comments below.
How do I find old Web page screenshots?
The only way to do this is by using services such as Wayback Machine or Internet Archives website and then looking at how the page looked back on a particular time or date. These services keep track of the changes manually or automatically if the services offer it.
Can a website detect screenshots?
A simple answer is no. Since they are like any other website which renders on the browser, there is no way to protect itself. You can even save these pages as HTML and take a screenshot later if the elements render correctly.