How to take a Screenshot on Samsung Phones

Samsung has some of the best phones on the market. Sometimes you want to flaunt your phone, not just the physical appearance of it – but the power of it. What better way to show the world what your phone is capable of than with a screenshot? Whether you have an Android Samsung Phone or a Tizen Samsung Phone, here’s how to take a screenshot on your Samsung Phone.

Method 1 (For Phones with a Physical Home button)

If you’ve got a Samsung Phone with a Physical home button like the Samsung J1, Samsung J2, or Samsung Galaxy S series before the Samsung Galaxy S8, here’s what you need to do to take a screenshot:

  1. Go to the screen that you want to capture
  2. Press and hold the Power and Home buttons simultaneously
  3. Hold it for a second or so – you’ll hear a shutter sound and a corresponding notification or animation telling you that the screen has been captured
  4. Done!

This is somewhat of a tricky key combination. It’ll take a couple of tries but it works on most Samsung phones with a physical home button. But if you’ve got a newer Smartphone like the S8 or S9 which doesn’t have a home button, then you can do the next method.

Method 2 (For Phones without a Physical Home button)

For phones that have all-screen displays like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Note 8 and above, you’ll have to use the universal Android way to take a screenshot. Here’s how:

  1. Go to the screen that you want to capture
  2. Press and hold the Power and Home buttons simultaneously
  3. Hold it for a second or so – you’ll hear a shutter sound and a corresponding notification or animation telling you that the screen has been captured
  4. Done!

It’s still somewhat tricky to do but the buttons are in hands reach from each other. Once you’ve got the technique down, it’ll be natural for you. This method also works for most Android phones. It doesn’t have to be a Samsung to work with this method.

Method 3 (Gesture Controls)

Samsung as a company is an innovator. Which is why they integrated Gesture controls on taking screenshots on their phones. If you’ve got a phone that is capable of Gesture controls, then taking a screenshot can be done with just a wave of your palm. This should work with most Samsung phones that were released after the year 2013. So your Galaxy S4 should work with this method, but we have to set it up first.

  1. Go to Settings (Gear Icon) > Advanced Features. Some models might have the settings under Settings > Motions and Gestures.
  2. Look for the Palm Swipe to Capture option and turn it on
  3. You’ve now set up the Gesture controls!

Now whenever you want to take a screenshot of your phone screen, you just simply need to move your palm across your phone. Just flatten your arm like you’re trying to slap somebody and run it across your phone. It should register it and capture your screen. It’s like magic!

If all else fails, you have the option to use third-party apps to take screencaps of your phone screen. There are a lot of options in the market and they’re generally easy to use.

Method 4 (3rd Party Apps)

3rd party apps are a little finicky to use because you’ll have to set it up. There are also a lot of options on the internet which makes it somewhat of a less optimal option. However, I found that DU Recorder is an excellent app to take screenshots and videos of your Samsung Phone.

There’s a little bit of setup that you need to do but DU Recorder will walk you through each step. Once you’ve got it setup, all it takes is to click on the floating window and select the option what you want to do.

There are other options in the Google Play store and you might find a much better app than what we’ve tried. Do let us know in the comments if you find one that works best for you!

In brief

To close things out, Samsung phones are easy to use. It’s one of their major selling points. But aside from being easy to use, they also excel in power and in function. If there’s something that you want to share on your screen, it’s easy to do. With just a couple of key combinations or a wave of your hand for some models, you’ll be able to take a screenshot. If ever you’re lost as to what to do, you can simply go back to this guide. You’ll be a natural in using your Samsung phone in no time at all!

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