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How to screenshot on Samsung

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Modern smartphones have become like mini portable computers, and are now increasingly being used by people to access the internet. They are incredibly powerful little devices that allow us to work and play on the go, and there is now an expectation that phones should be able to do most of the things that we used to do on a PC or laptop. There are countless pieces of software available for computers that will take a snapshot of what is on your screen with a mouse click or the push of a button. This can come in handy for all sorts of things, and it’s something that we would all love to have on our phones.

The god news for those of you using Samsung devices is that there are several different ways in which you can get a screenshot of the active screen on your phone. Let’s start out with one that many of you are probably not aware of, which is the palm swipe method. This is available on most newer Samsung smartphones, although you will need to go into the advanced settings and ensure that the palm swipe function is “ON.” Here is how it works:

  • Position your hand as though you were about to karate chop something
  • Drag your hand horizontally across the screen in either direction
  • Listen for the sound of a camera shutter, as that will let you know that the screenshot has indeed been captured
  • Click on the notification showing the screenshot has been taken, which will then take you to the Gallery, where the image will be stored


We should warn you that this screenshot on Samsung can be a little frustrating, as it sometimes takes more than one attempt to actually make it work. If you don’t fancy karate chopping your way through this screenshot process, there is another one that you can use to capture images on your Samsung device. This involves using the buttons on your phone to capture the shot, and it works like this:

  • Start out by pressing the Power and Home buttons at the same time
  • You probably need to hold them both for a second, or until you once again hear the shutter sound, which indicates that the screenshot has been taken
  • This is another method that may take a moment to get used to, as you need to hold down the Power button for a moment before you depress the Home button

This method works on just about ant Samsung device, although those of you with an S8 will probably be wondering how to pull this one off since there is no Home button to work with. On an S8, the method is basically the same, with the only difference being that you hold the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time to get your screenshot. Also to get information and support about your device, contact Samsung Australia and the will guide you how to do it

So, there you have it, two different ways to get a screenshot from your Samsung device. Both are straightforward, so just use the one you like best.