How To Use the PS4 Sharing Function Shortcuts for Quick Captures


The PS4 console has a built-in share button that allows you to share recorded gameplay clips, screenshots, and streaming broadcasts to Facebook and Twitter (screenshots only). When pressed the button offers a pop-up menu that allows you to select how you want to share your content, but did you know that there are also shortcuts to make sharing even more of a fluid, non-intrusive process?

For starters, if you want to record a screenshot of a particular scene in a game you can simply hold the share button for a few seconds and a screenshot will be recorded. This saves you the hassle of entering the share menu and selecting which screen to share, which allows you to keep playing without interruption. This way when you’re ready to share your action you can go into the full menu and select the screens that you captured, rather than trusting the PS4 to capture the particular shot you had in mind.

Screenshot captured using the long-click method

Screenshot captured using the long-click method

Gameplay clips can be captured just as easy. Whenever you want to start recording a clip all you have to do is double-click the share button to signal the start of the recording. Once you captured what you wanted you just have to hit the share button again to end recording, and from there you can choose to share the clip, or to keep playing and share it out later.

The button presses for these shortcuts can be changed if you don’t like the default setup. To do so just go into the share menu by clicking the share button, and from there hit the options button to change the settings. I tested these shortcuts extensively and they all worked well and without issue. They definitely give you more control over what clips and screens you capture, and they allow you to keep playing a game without being taken out of the experience. Make sure to give them a try the next time you want to share your PS4 gaming action!

You can choose how the shortcuts work using the options button in the share menu

You can choose how the shortcuts work using the options button in the share menu

PS4 Quick Share Button Presses

(All shortcuts also work on the PS Vita during remote play using the “Select” button)

  • Regular-click – Opens main share menu
  • Long-click – Captures the current frame
  • Double-click – Starts to record gameplay, single-click will end it


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