How do I take a screenshot on my Samsung Galaxy device?
The most common way to take a screenshot on a Galaxy phone or tablet is by pressing the power and volume down keys at the same time. However, where these buttons are found and the method for taking a screenshot will differ depending on the settings you have enabled and the device you are using. See the images below to determine which buttons are on your device. Continue to find out how to take a screenshot on your device.
Please note: Galaxy tablets use the same button combinations as Samsung phones. Follow the steps that most closely resemble your tablet.
Once you have taken the screenshot, it will be automatically saved in the Screenshots album in the Gallery app. You can then move the screenshot from this album to any other album on your phone or tablet.
Please note: Taking a screenshot is prevented in certain places on your devices and by certain apps, such as banking apps. You will receive a message saying 'Can't take screenshot due to security measure' if screenshots are not allowed. This is a security measure and is designed to protect your information.
Depending on the model and available software for your phone the method used to take a screenshot may vary. The two most common methods are outlined below:
- Press and release the power/side key and the volume down key simultaneously. This should be a brief push rather than a hold, as a long hold can open the power menu. The screen will flash and your screenshot will be saved.
- Press and hold the power key and the volume down key simultaneously until the screen flashes. Your screenshot will then save.
Please note: if your device has a Bixby button your volume and power keys are located in different places, please read the next section to find out how to take a screenshot.
If your device has a Bixby button your power and volume keys are located in different places. Press and hold the power key and the volume down key simultaneously. The screen will flash and your screenshot will be saved. If this does not work try a brief tap rather than a hold of the power and volume down buttons.
Press and hold the power key and the home key simultaneously. The screen will flash and your screenshot will be saved.
Most phones and tablets include the palm swipe feature. If enabled, you can take a screenshot by swiping the edge of your hand across the screen from one side to the other.
Enabling palm swipe to capture
If you have a device with an S Pen there are two ways in which you can take screenshots easily:
If you're experiencing unusual behaviour on Samsung mobiles, tablets or wearables, you can send us an error report or ask us a question in the Samsung Members app.
This allows us to take a closer look at what is happening. The data is anonymised and only held for the duration of the investigation. Find out more about sending an error report through the Samsung Members app.
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