Samsung Galaxy Take a Screenshot

Taking a Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy phone is not hard, modern version of Android offers users very easy and elegant solutions for any situation: from sharing your home screen setup with friends to obtaining pictorial proof of your new high score in a game. These days, it’s not hard, either!

You can take a screenshot on all kinds of Android handsets; Google hardwired the function into Android. How you take them, though, does vary from handset to handset. For those users of you who are coming over from an iPhone or another Android phone, it’s a slightly different procedure. And Samsung’s got one really cool trick up its sleeve.

Take screenshot with Home and Power button

The easiest way to take a screenshot on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone is to simply press and hold both the Home and Power buttons. You’ll know a screenshot has been taken because the screen will flash and you’ll momentarily see a white border around its edge, with the message "Saving screenshot" appearing in the notification bar at the top of the screen.

Take a Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy with Home and Power button

If you get the power options using this method, it means you press the power button too early. If you are redirected to home screen, it means you press the home button too early.

Screenshot with Hand Swipe on Galaxy

A much cooler (but more difficult to get the hang of) way to take a screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone is with a simple vertical side swipe of your palm. Go to Settings, choose the My device tab, then select "Motions and gestures", Palm motion and ensure "Capture screen" is toggled on.

Taking a screenshot on the Galaxy S6 (or almost any other Galaxy phone) with a hand swipe is easy.

  1. Set your hand vertically on either side of the screen, and shape it like you are karate chopping the phone.
  2. Horizontally swipe across the screen like your hand is a photo scanner.
  3. You should hear the camera shutter, see a screenshot move across the screen, and receive a notification that a picture has been saved to the gallery.
  4. It takes a few tries.

Note that you must keep your palm in contact with the screen at all times.

Take a Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy with Hand Swipe

How to Take a Screenshot using S Pen

Here’s the Air Command radial menu on a Galaxy Note 3. Open the Scrapbooker option to draw a circle on the screen and capture a screenshot. This technique is on the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note Pro, and Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition). There are two new ways to take screenshots. To use these, you have to open the Air Command menu, which you can do by pulling out the S Pen stylus, or by hovering the pen over the screen and clicking the button on it.

  • Scrapbooker: This is a selection in the Air Command radial menu. It lets you draw a circle around a part of the screen to take a screenshot. After you take a picture of part of the screen, you can add tags, notes, and categories to organize the pic. You can access the photo from a special scrapbook app on the device.
  • Screen Write: This feature was also on the Note 2, but that device lacked an Air Command menu. Select it from the options to take a screenshot. You can then write notes on top of the image. There are options to change your pen color and size if you want to get creative.
  • Just hold the button and tap: On all S Pen Galaxy devices, you can also hold down the button on the S Pen and touch the pen to the screen, holding it there until you see and/or hear a screenshot being taken. This technique is best on the Note 2, Note 8.0, and original Note 10.1.

How to Take a Screenshot on any Android Device

Taking a screenshot on any other Android phone or tablet (as in, not a Samsung device) is pretty easy, but a little different. Press the Power button and Volume down key at the same time. Remember to hold them until you hear a click or a screenshot sound.

For older Android phones, such as those running 2.3 Gingerbread (go buy a new phone, please), you’ll need to head over to the Google Play Store, where there are several apps that will do the job for you. Screenshot ER and Screenshot UX are popular choices, but require you to root your phone. You can also take a look at No Root Screenshot It if you don’t want to root your device.

If you’re using Android 4.4 KitKat or 5.0 Lollipop and share a screenshot after you take it, the text field will automatically include the date and time you took the photo. You can delete it if you wish.

Access & Edit Screenshots

To access a screenshot you’ve captured on your Samsung Galaxy, simply pull down the notification bar and look for the item "Screenshot captured". Within the notification bar you’ll find options to Edit, Share or Delete the screenshot, or you can simply tap on the notification to open it in the Gallery.

Enter Edit mode to access menus for Crop, Rotate, Colour (Auto adjust, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Adjust RGB, Temperature, Exposure, Hue) and Effect (Vignette, Sepia, Grey-scale, Vintage, Turquoise, Faded colour, Tint, Cartoon, Moody, Fisheye, Negative, Sketch art, Nostalgia, Engraving, Yellow glow, Downlight, Blue wash, Sharpen, Blur and Soft glow). Tap the save icon at the top right of the screen to save any changes, or use the forward- and back arrows to undo and redo any changes.

What you see when you press the Share icon will depend on which apps are installed on your Samsung Galaxy, but you can at very least expect to see Bluetooth, ChatOn, Drive, Email, Gmail, Google+, Group Play, Hangouts, Messaging, Photos, Picasa, S Memo, WhatsApp and Wi-Fi Direct.

If you lose the screenshot notification you can also access your screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy via the My Files app. Choose All Files, Pictures, Screenshots.