Last year, Apple brought advanced screenshot editing tools to the iPhone with iOS 11, and, this week, Google fired back with a similar Android feature called Markup. The only catch is that this new tool is limited to Android P, which launches later this year but probably won’t come to most older Android devices.
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Thankfully, there’s already an (unofficial) way to bring Markup to your current smartphone.
Here’s what the Markup port looks like in action.Screenshot: XDA-Developers Forum
This workaround comes from XDA Forums user Quinny899, who copied Google’s Markup tool and released it as an app for older versions of Android. You can grab the software now and sideload it onto your phone with just a little bit of work. Just remember that you’re installing unvetted third-party software on your device so it may be a bit buggy.
You should probably also back up your smartphone first, just in case something goes wrong.
With that out of the way, the first thing you’ll need to do is allow Unknown sources on your phone by heading into Settings, selecting Security, and toggling the option on. Next, download the tool onto your device with this link. Once it’s downloaded, a notification should pop-up. Click on it and select Install to complete the process.
To actually use the new feature, all you need to do is take a screenshot. Then pull down the notification tray and tap Share next to the image. You should see the option to share it with Markup. Select it and you can resize the image or draw all over it. Once you’re done just hit the checkmark in the top right corner to confirm your edits.