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Version: 31 Aug 2023

System Capture

The Capture App allows you to take screenshots and screen recordings on the Magic Leap 2 from any app or platform. Below you'll find instructions on capturing media and accessing it on-device, in the ML Hub.

ADB Capture Commands

To learn how to capture videos and images on your device using ADB, see the adb capture commands guide.

Activate Capture On-Device

You can activate Capture on any Magic Leap 2 app or menu by pressing and holding the home button and then pressing and releasing the bumper.

The animation below shows the correct button sequence:

Controller Animation of Capture Button Press Sequence
Controller Animation of Capture Button Press Sequence

You might have trouble activating Capture if the app you're using currently is accessing the camera stream.


Pressing and releasing the bumper immediately results in a photo capture. A timer counts down three seconds and then the device takes a screenshot.


Pressing and holding the bumper for three seconds and then releasing starts a video capture. A timer counts down three seconds after you release, and then the device begins a screen recording. To stop recording, repeat the Capture button sequence (press and hold home, then press and release the bumper).

Access Capture Media On-Device

After you've captured some content, you can view your photos and videos on the Magic Leap 2.

  1. From the home menu, open Settings.
  2. Open Apps, and select "See All Apps".
  3. Scroll down and select Files, then select Open.
  4. From here you can see the images, audio, and videos that you have captured.

These steps will change in upcoming builds as we continue to develop our default apps and media viewers. You may not be able to open the images or videos on-device. If so, follow the subsequent sections to open them on your computer.

Access Capture Media via the ML Hub


For instructions on installing the ML Hub, follow the Getting Started Tools page.

Captured media can also be accessed from your computer by connecting the Magic Leap 2 over USB and using the ML Hub's Device Bridge tool.

  1. Connect your compute pack to your computer via USB.
  2. Open the ML Hub app.
  3. Open the Device Bridge module by selecting "Start Device Bridge".
  4. If your device is connected appropriately, your headset and device details should appear. If you see a screen that is asking for USB or WiFi connection, check your USB cable to ensure the device is recognized.
  5. On the top level navigation, select Files, and then navigate to the /storage/self/primary/DCIM folder. Here you will find any photos and videos you've captured and you can download them by clicking the Download button on the right side of the page.