Screenshot on a Samsung Phone

Last modified : Mar 21. 2019

If you're looking to learn how to take screenshots with your Samsung phone or tablet, look no further. The buttons to take a screenshot vary depending on what kind of physical buttons you have on your device. Getting the two buttons pressed at exactly the same time is the tricky part, and sometimes bulky phone or tablet cases can interfere. Try removing your phone case so you have clear access to all the buttons - once you've got the motion down you'll be able to pop the case back on and screenshot like a pro! 

Devices with a physical Home Button

If your phone or tablet has a big button at the bottom of the screen - we call that the Home button (because whenever you press it it will take you to the Home Screen). To take a screenshot on a device with a Home button, you'll need to press the Home button and the Power button at exactly the same time. Don't worry if it takes some practice! Once you hear the 'click' you'll be able to view and edit the screenshot. The image will also sit in your Notification panel if you need to come back to it later, and of course it will get saved in your Gallery app.

Screenshot with a home button

Devices without a physical Home Button

If you have a newer phone or tablet with a home button that sits underneath the LCD display, you'll need to use the Volume Down button and the Power button to take a screenshot. Hold both buttons at the same time and you should hear a click to indicate the screen capture. Once you've got the screenshot, Smart Capture will give you options to draw, share, and edit the screenshot straight away. If you're happy with the screenshot as is, tap the screen quickly to dismiss the Smart Capture options. 

Capturing screenshots

Use Palm Motion to Screenshot

Most Samsung devices will allow you to capture a screenshot by moving your hand from right to left across the screen. It's called Palm Motion or Palm Swipe on newer devices.

 

Hold the device in your left hand, and hold your right hand at a 90 degree angle (with the side of your hand touching the right hand side of the screen). Move your hand across the screen to the left in a fluid motion and the screen should flash to indicate a screenshot has been captured.

 

While Palm Motion is usually turned on by default, you can check whether the gesture is enabled on your device in the Settings app:

Android OS 4.4: Settings > Controls > Palm Motion > Switch On (green)

Android OS 5: Settings > My Device > Motions & Gestures > Palm Motion > Switch On 

Android OS 6: Settings > Motions & Gestures >  Palm Swipe to Capture > Switch On

Android OS 7: Settings > Advanced Features > Palm Swipe to Capture > Switch On (blue)

Android OS 9: Settings > Advanced Features > Motions & Gestures > Palm Swipe to Capture > Switch On

View and Edit Screenshots

Note: To open a screenshot immediately after you capturing it, open the notificational panel by swiping your finger in a downwards direction from the top of the screen, then tap on Screenshot captured

1 Open the Gallery app
2 Open the Screenshots folder
3 In older Android versions, you'll see something similar to the following:
How to view Screenshots

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

Camera: Opens the Camera application.

Share via: Share the screenshot via preferred connection. (e.g. Bluetooth, email, etc.)

Edit: Edit the current screenshot.

Delete: Delete the current screenshot. 

Note: Additional sharing options may be available on your device. The availability of certain options may vary depending on currently installed applications and features & services which are currently active.

4 In newer versions of the Gallery app:
Screenshot Menu Options

Editing Options:

You may have slightly different editing options depending in the Operating System of your device. When viewing the screenshot, the following icons are available at the bottom of the screen:

Crop: Quickly crop and rotate the image

Filters: Select and apply built in filters

Stickers: Add stickers to the image

Paintbrush: Draw and add to the image with a paintbrush

Share: Open the Share panel to send the image to a contact or app

Delete: Delete the current image

Note: Additional sharing options may be available on your device. The availability of certain options may vary depending on currently installed applications and features & services which are currently active.

Turn Off Smart Capture

Smart Capture is a feature of Samsung devices that allows you to edit, share, and screenshot long pages by scrolling. It can be frustrating to have to tap out of Smart Capture every time a screenshot is taken. If you'd like to screenshot on your device without Smart Capture, follow the menu path below to switch it off.

Settings > Advanced Features > Smart Capture > Switch off (grey)

 

Please Note: The Smart Capture function can only be switched off on devices running Android OS 7 or higher.

Toggle off smart capture

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