Galaxy A5 (2017) - How do I take screenshots on my Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520W)?

Last Update date : 2017.03.16

Screenshots


A screenshot is a snapshot of your device's screen that is saved as a photo. There are several ways to capture screenshots on your device. Screenshots are automatically saved into the Screenshots folder in the Gallery, as well as to the clipboard.

Note: Screens and settings available may vary depending on your Canadian wireless service provider and your software version.

Capture a Screenshot Using Device Buttons


You can capture a screenshot by simultaneously pressing the Home Home and the Power/Lock buttons for 1–2 seconds. A blue border will flash around the edges of the screen to confirm the screenshot is taken. The screenshot will be copied to the clipboard and saved to the Screenshots folder in the Gallery application.

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Note: Taking a screenshot using the device's buttons requires a little bit of training. The main difficulty is to press the two buttons at the same time. We guarantee it works as we used it to take the screenshots that illustrate this page. Just keep trying!

Capture a Screenshot Using Motion Gestures


1. From the Home screen, touch Apps Apps.

2. Touch Settings Settings.

3. Touch Advanced features.

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4. Touch Smart capture.

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5. If required, touch the slider OFF to turn Smart capture on ON.

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Note: This feature should be activated on your mobile device by default.

6. Place the side of your hand on the screen and sweep it across the screen from the right to the left or vice versa to capture a screenshot.

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7. The picture will be saved in the Gallery > Album > Screenshots folder. After capturing a screenshot, you can edit the image and share it with others.

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Smart Capture Features


For a few seconds, right after the screenshot is captured, the Smart capture options will be displayed at the bottom of the screen:

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 • Scroll capture: If the screen you are capturing has additional content when you scroll down (such as webpages or text conversations), touch Scroll capture to automatically scroll down and capture additional screenshots until the whole page is captured.

 • Draw: Touch to draw or write on the screenshot.

 • Crop: Touch to crop the screenshot down to a portion of the screen.

 • Share: Touch to share the screenshot using one of the available options. Sharing options vary based on applications installed and features turned on. Swipe to the left to reveal more sharing options.

Use Scroll Capture


1. If the screen you want to capture has additional content when you scroll down (such as webpages or text conversations), start at the top of the page, and take a screenshot using the device buttons or the motion gesture (as described above).

2. For a few seconds, right after the screenshot is captured, the Smart capture options will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. Touch Scroll capture.

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3. Your device will automatically scroll down and capture an additional screenshot. If necessary touch Scroll capture several times until the whole page is captured.

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4. Touch the screenshot caputre preview, displayed on the top right corner, to display the full screenshot:

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Note: If it is the first time you are opening a screenshot, you might be asked to choose an application to complete the action. We recommend you to use the Gallery application. But you can use any other application, like Google Photos, for example. The applications available will depend on the ones you installed previously on your device.

View a Screenshot Immediately After you Capture it


1. Just after taking a screenshot, swipe from the top of the screen to the bottom to open the Notifications Panel.

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2. You can quickly SHARE, EDIT, or DELETE the screenshot from the Notifications Panel

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Note : You may have to swipe down on the notification to see these options.

3. Touch the Screenshot captured notification to open the screenshot in an application. If it is the first time you are opening a screenshot, you might be asked to choose an application to complete the action. We recommend you to use the Gallery application. But you can use any other application, like Google Photos, for example. The applications available will depend on the ones you installed previously on your device.

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View a Screenshot at Any Time


1. From the Home screen, touch Apps Apps.

2. Touch Gallery Gallery.

3. If required, touch the ALBUMS tab to display the pictures by folders.

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4. All the screenshots are stored in the Screenshots album. Touch the Screenshots album to display its content.

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5. Touch the desired screenshot to display it.

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Share a Screenshot from the Notifications Panel


1. Once you took a screenshot, swipe from the top of the screen to the bottom to open the Notifications Panel.

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2. From the Screenshot captured notification, touch SHARE.

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Note: You might have to swipe down on the notification to see the SHARE option.

3. Share the screenshot using one of the available options. Sharing options vary based on applications installed and features turned on.

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Note: Swipe to the left to reveal more sharing options.

Share a Screenshot from the Gallery


1. From the Home screen, touch Apps Apps.

2. Touch Gallery Gallery.

3. If required, touch the ALBUMS tab to display the pictures by folders.

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4. Touch the Screenshots album to display its content.

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5. Touch the desired screenshot to display it.

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6. Touch Share Share. It might be necessary to touch the screen once to display the menu. Share the screenshot using one of the available options. Sharing options vary based on applications installed and features turned on.

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Note: Swipe to the left to reveal more sharing options.

Screenshot Options


1. From the Home screen, touch Apps Apps.

2. Touch Gallery Gallery.

3. If required, touch the ALBUMS tab to display the pictures by folders.

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4. Touch the Screenshots album to display its content.

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5. Touch the desired screenshot to display it. It might be necessary to touch the screen once to display the menu.

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When viewing the screenshot, the following options are available at the bottom of the screen:

 • Auto adjust: Automatically optimizes the photo, including color, contrast, and composition (the modifications are not permanent, you can undo them by touching Auto adjust again).

 • Share: Share the screenshot using one of the available options. Sharing options vary based on applications installed and features turned on.

 • Edit: Open the photo in Photo Editor, where you can rotate or crop the photo, adjust colors, add effects, embellish, and more.

 • Delete: Delete the screenshot.

When viewing the screenshot, the following options are available at the top of the screen:

 • Favorite: Mark the screenshot as a favorite.

 • More: Access the following options:

   - Details: View technical information about the screenshot, such as its size.

   - Slideshow: Start a slideshow of the screenshots in the folder.

   - Set as contact picture: Set the screenshot as a contact photo.

   - Set as wallpaper: Set the screenshot as wallpaper.

   - Move to Secure Folder: Move the screenshot to the Secure Folder.

   - Print: Print the screenshot.

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