You can take a screenshot with every Android phone and tablet, but the exact method to do so will depend on your device manufacturer.
If you have a Samsung Galaxy device, you have many methods at your disposal, like pressing buttons or swiping across the screen. We’re going to detail how to screenshot on a Samsung tablet and phone.
1. Press the Power and Volume Down Buttons
For most, this will be the easiest way to take a screenshot on a Samsung phone or tablet.
Simply hold down the Power button (or Side key) and the Volume down button simultaneously.
The exact location of these buttons will depend on your device. On the Samsung Galaxy S21, both of those buttons are on the right side of the device. On the Samsung Galaxy S8, volume is on the left and power is on the right.
You only need to hold these buttons for a second or two. The screen will flash white to indicate a screenshot has been taken.
This is a standard Android screenshot shortcut that will work on more than just Samsung devices.
2. Use Palm Swipe
On some Samsung devices, you can swipe your palm across the screen to take a screenshot.
To enable this, go to Settings > Advanced features > Motions and gestures > Palm swipe to capture > On.
Now, swipe the edge of your hand across the screen from right to left to take a screenshot.
If you’re unsure of the exact motion, the Settings screen will show you an animation that demonstrates.
3. Ask Bixby or Google Assistant
If you have a voice-activated virtual assistant set up on your phone, you can use it to take a screenshot.
If you have Bixby Voice, say “Hey Bixby, take a screenshot”. Alternatively, if you have Google Assistant, say “Hey Google, take a screenshot”.
You can pair these commands with other instructions, like “Hey Bixby, take a screenshot and share on Instagram”.
4. Use the Edge Panel
Some Samsung devices have edge panels. These are handy features that you can quickly access by swiping the side of the screen. One edge panel that you can enable allows you to take screenshots.
To enable this, go to Settings > Display > Edge screen > Edge panels > On. From here, enable the Smart select panel.
Now, when you swipe in from the right edge of your screen, it will bring up the Smart select panel.
Select either Rectangle or Oval, then drag to choose the area you want to screenshot. Tap Done, then tap the Save icon (the down arrow).
5. Use the S Pen
If you have a Galaxy Note device, you can use the S Pen to take a screenshot.
Take the S Pen from the device, tap the Air command menu icon, then tap Screen write. This will take a full screenshot. You can then edit the screenshot using the on-screen tools, if desired. Once done, tap the Save icon.
6. Use Scroll Capture to Screenshot the Entire Page
If you want to capture a long webpage or app, you don’t need to take multiple screenshots. Instead, you can use Samsung’s Scroll Capture Feature to create a single large screenshot.
After taking a normal screenshot, the Smart Capture menu appears at the bottom of the screen. On this, tap the Scroll Capture icon—it’s two downwards arrows that bounce.
One tap will scroll the page down once and stitch the screenshot to the bottom of the first. Keep tapping the icon until you’ve captured everything on the page that you want.
How to View Your Samsung Screenshots
Once you’ve taken a screenshot on your Samsung phone or tablet, you might wonder where they’re saved and how you can access them. That’s simple.
Open the Gallery app and select Albums from the bottom menu. You will then see a Screenshots album that you can manage like regular photos.
Master Your Samsung Device With These Tips
Now you know how to take a screenshot on a Samsung phone or tablet. Choose whichever method you find the easiest and quickest, since they all produce the same result.
Want to get more from your Samsung device? Be sure to explore everything that Samsung’s One UI offers, since there are lots of handy features that don’t come with stock Android.
Here are all the top new features in One UI 4, Samsung’s Android 12-based software update.
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