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How to Screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy Smartphone

How to Screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy Smartphone

| On 14, May 2015

From the days of pressing PrintScrn on your Windows 98, the technology of screenshots has progressed a long way. The ability to take a screenshot on a phone is not a new development; it became available with the introduction of the Android 4.0 in October 2011. But looking at the latest flagship models in the S range, we discuss at how to screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.


How to Screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy Smartphone- The S4


The Samsung Galaxy S4 first became available in late April 2013, and immediately received positive reviews as the successor of the S III. With the 4.2 Jelly Bean Android operating system, a powerful processor and a 1080ppi HD screen, the S4 is a high-quality and powerful smartphone. The method of taking a screenshot changed with the S III. With previous Android phones, the user could hold down the Power button and the Volume button at the same time, and the screenshot would be taken and automatically saved. However, there are two available methods of capturing an image of your current screen on the S4.


The first method works similarly to the iPhone, and is fairly self-explanatory. Once you bring up the screen you would like to capture, press and hold down both the Home button, located in the centre underneath the screen, and the Power button, found on the right side of the device, simultaneously. You will know when a screenshot has been taken because the screen flashes and a white border will appear around the edge of the screen momentarily. There may also be a shutter sound, depending on your audio settings. The screen shot will be saved automatically to your photos under the Gallery app where you can view it at any time.


With the Samsung Galaxy S4, there is another way to capture the screen grab- with a simple swipe of the side of your palm. The swipe must start from one side of the screen and move completely across to the other, and the edge of your palm must remain in contact with the screen at all times. The swipe can be from left to right or right to left. It may well take some practice to get used to this method, but it’s quicker and certainly looks more impressive than the standard procedure.


To enable this feature, go to Settings, choose the My device tab, select ‘Motions and gestures’, ‘Palm motion’, and make sure that ‘Capture Screen’ is toggled on, to allow you to utilise this option. It is automatically enabled on Galaxy products, so unless you have disabled it, you should be able to use this feature straight away. As with the fingerprint scanner, the flashier method may be slightly less reliable than the more conventional way, as it is possible for the swipe to fail to register, but frequent use makes it an easier and faster option.


For a demonstration of how to screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, the S4, go to


How to Screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy Smartphone- the S5


The S5 was released in April 2014 as the main competitor to the Apple iPhone 6, and was praised for having a high quality display and better visual capabilities than previous models. In addition, the S5 has a 5.1 inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen, slightly larger than that of the S4, which makes photos and imagery particularly sharp. This feature means that the screenshot function is especially useful.


Although the method of capturing screenshots differs from the Samsung S5’s main competitors from Apple and LG, the methods are similar to that of the S4. The first method is to hold down the Home button in the centre and the Power button on the right edge at the same time. You will hear a camera shutter sound and see a white flash animation when the screenshot is captured. The screenshot will then be visible in the Gallery app, or in the My Files browser.


The second method is fancier, and once again involves swiping the side of the palm across the screen from one side to the other. The edge of the palm must remain in full contact with the screen all the way across, and the screenshot may fail to capture if the motion is not correctly made. While flashier, this method is perhaps less reliable, although arguably takes less time than the more traditional method.


For a demonstration of how to screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, the S5, go to


How to Screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy Smartphone- the S6


The S6 featured a metal and glass body in contrast to the usual plastic frame previously favoured by Samsung, and includes the latest operating system from Android, the 5.0 Lollipop. With the eagerly anticipated iPhone 6S, Apple’s latest flagship model expected for release around September 2015, the Samsung Galaxy S6 might currently be its strongest competitor.


The method of screenshot capture barely differs from previous flagship models, perhaps because the two current ways of taking a screenshot on a Samsung smartphone have proved to be so easy and efficient that Samsung are following the old adage ‘if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.’


Firstly, the user can go to the screen they wish to capture, and can create an instant screenshot by pressing and holding down the Home and Power button simultaneously. Both the Home button and the Power button are located in the same place as in previous models, at the bottom of the screen face in the centre, and on the right hand side respectively.


The screenshot will then be automatically saved to a Screenshots folder in the Gallery app. In addition, the screen capture can be viewed or shared directly from the pull-down menu. A small picture icon will appear in the status bar once the screenshot has been successfully captured.


The second method is the same as that of the previous Samsung Galaxy models, which has become known as the ‘Samsung method’. Once the setting has been enabled, the user can simply swipe the edge of the palm across the screen from right to left to capture a still image of the screen. The capture shutter sound can be heard, and the flash animation will be visible once the screenshot has been successfully captured.


This feature is automatically enabled, so unless you choose to disable it, you should be able to use it immediately upon setting up your phone. If for any reason the feature has been disabled, you can easily enable it by going to Settings, then to Motions and Gestures, and selecting Palm Swipe to Capture. Again, the screenshot will be visible in both the Screenshots folder and in the pull-down menu.


For a demonstration of how to screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, the S6, go to


As you can see, there are two key methods of taking a screenshot on the flagship models of the Samsung Galaxy range. However, once we look at the highly popular Note series, there are two additional methods of screenshot capture.


How to Screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy Smartphone- the Samsung Galaxy Note series


As well as the two newer methods, the user can also capture a screenshot by holding down the Home and Power buttons, and by the palm swipe method. However, using the S Pen feature, there are two other methods available to the Galaxy Note user.


The first involves using the Scrapbooker feature which allows the user to draw a circle around an area of the screen using the S Pen stylus to capture a screenshot of that part of the screen image. You can then use the S Pen to add notes to the image.


Furthermore, the user can hold down the button on the S Pen stylus and touch the pen to the screen, holding it there until you see the screenshot being taken with the familiar white flash animation, and hear the shutter capture sound.


To check a screenshot has been successfully taken, you can pull down the notification bar and the notification ‘Screenshot captured’ will be visible. Within the bar, there are also options to Delete, Edit or Share the screenshot, and if you tap the notification, you can open the shot in the Gallery.


These methods are available on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note 3, Note Pro and Note 10.1 2014 Edition.


For a demonstration of how to screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone in the Note range, go to


So that’s how to screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, looking at a variety of models and methods, enabling you to capture the moment you want to keep on your screen, edit and share it with others.


  • Alkis

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