How do I screenshot on my Samsung Phone?

Last Update date : Apr 28. 2021

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! 

Please Note: This guide is designed for Australian variant Galaxy devices, if you have an international device and require further support click here to get in touch with your Samsung subsidiary.

Using Physical keys to screenshot from Galaxy device
Using Palm swipe to capture

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 to Capture on newer devices.

Hold the device in your left hand, and use the edge of your right hand to swipe across the screen. While Palm Swipe to Capture is usually turned on by default, you can check whether the gesture is enabled on your device in the Settings app:

1 Head into your Settings > Advanced Features
Tap on Advanced Features
2 Select Motion & Gestures
Select Motion & Gestures
3 Toggle on Palm Swipe to Capture
Toggle on Palm Swipe to Capture
4 When you are ready to capture your screenshot, swipe the edge of you hand across the screen
using Palm Swipe to Capture
Viewing and Editing Screenshots

Note: To open a screenshot immediately after 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
4 In later Android OS Versions, when you first capture a screenshot you will be able to Crop, Draw and Share through your preferred social media Channels.
Viewing and Editing screenshots
5 If you open your Gallery and select your recent screenshot you will be able to further customise and edit the file. Simply tap on the Pencil icon to begin editing
Editing screenshots in the Gallery app

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.

1 Head into your Settings > Advanced Features
Tap on Advanced Features
2 Tap on Screenshots and Screen Recorder
 Tap on Screenshots and screen recorder
3 Toggle off Screenshot toolbar
 Toggle on Screenshot toolbar
Using Scroll Capture

Scroll Capture allows you to take longer screenshots than usual, perfect for when you're trying to take screenshots from a website. In order to use Scroll capture, you will first need to enable Smart Capture/ Screenshot toolbar.

1 Screenshot the page either by using Palm Swipe to capture or by pressing the hard keys, then tap on scroll capture icon to start Scroll Capturing
2 Once complete you will be able to notice that your screenshot is longer than usual.
Viewing longer screenshot
Screenshotting via Bixby
1 Activate Bixby by holding down the Side key or by saying Hi Bixby..."

If you have set your side key to Power off your device check out our guide Customise the Side keys on your Samsung phone for step-by-step instructions on changing the Side key functions.

2 Tell Bixby to Screenshot my phone
say screenshot this page
3 Once the screenshot has been captured, you will be able to view the screenshot within your Gallery
Using Smart Select
1 Swipe on your Edge Screen to access your Edge Panel, the tap on Settings icon to cutomise your Edge panel settings
Select Settings

If you have disabled your Edge Panel, you can easily enable this setting via your Settings > Display > Edge Screen > Toggle on Edge panels.

2 Enable Smart Select
Enable Smart Select
3 Head back to your Edge Panel and select Rectangle
Select Rectangle
4 Line up your rectangle to take a screenshot, once you have the image you would like to capture within the guidelines tap on Done
Capture screenshot then tap on Done
5 Tap on Save screenshot icon to save the screenshot to your Gallery
Select Save to save screenshot to Gallery

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