Take a screenshot on your Galaxy phone

A screenshot taken on Note20

Whether you just reached a new level in a game or want to save an important document, you can capture it by taking a screenshot on your Galaxy phone. Depending on the type of phone you have, capturing a screenshot may be a little different. But either way, it's super easy and convenient.

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Use button combinations

No matter what phone you have, the steps for taking a screenshot are similar, but like we said, it does vary slightly based on the model. Before you can take one, you'll need to locate the Power and Volume down keys.

Usually, the Volume keys are on the left side and the Power button (or Side key) is on the right. However, for some models, the keys' locations may be reversed. Or all the keys could be on the same side!

When you want to take a screenshot, just hold Volume down and the Power button (or Side key) simultaneously. The screen will flash, indicating that a screenshot was captured.

Volume down and Power key highlighted on the Note 20

Use palm swipe

Wait, there's another way to take a screenshot. On some phones, you can use palm swipe to take a screenshot without even pressing a button.

From Settings, search for and select Palm swipe to capture. Then, tap the switch next to Palm swipe to capture. Now you'll be able to take a screenshot just by swiping the edge of your hand across your phone's screen.

A list of options with Palm swipe to capture\

Use scroll capture

Is that webpage too long to capture in just one screen shot? Scroll capture lets you take multiple screenshots of one page and then combines them all into one big screenshot. That way, you get the whole picture.

Navigate to the screen you want to capture. To take the screenshot, press the Power and Volume down keys simultaneously. When the Smart capture menu appears, tap the Scroll capture icon - it looks like a downward arrow, and it will bounce up and down. Then, tap it a second time to begin the scroll capture process. Keep tapping the icon until it reaches the bottom of the page or your desired spot.

Scroll capture options displayed on a Galaxy phone

Add tags to your screenshots by tapping the hashtag icon in the Smart capture menu. Suggested tags will appear, but you can create your own as well. Tap Save to save your tag. When you are done, simply tap outside of the Smart capture menu bar. To view the captured screen, tap the screenshot preview or navigate to Gallery.

Note: The smart capture icon will not appear unless you are on a large web page, app screen, or image that requires scrolling. It may not work on certain websites. On newer phones, you cannot turn Smart capture off. It's always enabled.

Use your voice

If you have Bixby Voice or Google Assistant set up, you can take a screenshot with a simple voice command. Say "Hey Bixby, take a screenshot," and Bixby will capture what's on your screen. You can even string together complex commands and say "Hey Bixby, take a screenshot, and share on Twitter."

Bixby icon with "Take a screenshot" displayed above it

Use the S Pen

If you’re always using your S Pen with your Note phone, why not take a screenshot with it as well? You can use the Screen write feature to snap a quick screenshot.

Remove your S Pen from your phone, and then navigate to the screen you'd like to capture. With your S Pen, tap the Air command menu icon, and then tap Screen write. Your phone will automatically take a screenshot of the page you're on. Use the controls to write or draw on the screenshot if you'd like. When you're done, tap the Save icon to store the screenshot in Gallery.

You can also use your S Pen to capture parts of an image with Smart Select.

Save option displayed for a screenshot on a Galaxy phone

View screenshots

No matter what kind of phone you have, you'll be able to view your screenshots in the same place. Just navigate to your apps and open Gallery.

On some phones, you can tap Albums to see a collection of all the screenshots you've taken on your phone.

Downloads and Photos albums displayed on a Galaxy phone

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