How to take Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy S Phones

LAST UPDATED: July 9, 2019
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Knowing how to take screenshots on Galaxy S phones can be extremely useful and there are a number of different methods available.

take Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy S Phones

You may wonder why you might need to take a screenshot on your Galaxy smartphone, but there are several reasons you may want to do this. For instance, with a screenshot, you can share website information with others, save and show booking or ordering information, how you’re doing in a favorite game or something that amused you on social media. Another handy reason for taking a screenshot is if you need to show what happens in some cases to technical support.

Smartphones in Samsung’s Galaxy S series have always been hugely popular, with the latest being the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, which released just a few months ago. There are different methods for taking screenshots on Samsung Galaxy S Phones without the need for apps, and the lack of a physical home button on the new Galaxy devices changes the procedure slightly with the first method. It’s really quick and simple to do though, and we’re about to run through some of the various methods available for both the newest and older models of the Galaxy S smartphones.

Please note some methods may be slightly different depending on the Galaxy S phone being used but the majority of the instructions will still apply.

Option 1 – Taking screenshots using the button shortcut

This method actually works for plenty of other Android devices, as well as those in the Galaxy S lineup. When your phone is displaying the screenshot that you want to take an image of, simply press and hold the power button and home buttons simultaneously. This works for the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, S3, S2, and the original Galaxy S, but if you have the new Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus you’ll know the latest flagship no longer has a home button. In this instance, you’ll need to press and hold the power button and volume down button at the same time.

In either case, the trick here is to make sure you press the said buttons at the same time to avoid triggering either functionality instead of taking a screenshot. If taking the screenshot is successful, the camera shutter sound will activate (as long as you haven’t turned the notification sound off), accompanied by an on-screen animation. The next step is to head to the Gallery or Photos app, Google Photos if you use it, or Samsung’s proprietary My Files file browser to see the screenshot. If using Android File Transfer or to locate the screenshots from a command line, you’ll come across them under pictures/screenshots.

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Option 2 – Swiping the display to take a screenshot

This is Samsung’s alternative method to take screenshots from its phones. All you need to do is swipe the palm of your hand from one side of the display to the other. A handy tip here is to tilt your thumb away from the display, and just the same as with the first option, the short animation and shutter sound will let you know the screenshot has been taken.

Something worth noting with this option is that some people find it too easy to take a screenshot without realizing, and because of this the default method can be disabled in Settings if you wish. To do this, tap Motion> Motions and gestures, and then turn the toggle button off for Palm swipe to capture.

Option 3 – Using the Assistant Menu to take a screenshot

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and later Galaxy S smartphones have benefitted from the Assistant Menu, and this offers yet another way of taking a screenshot. This is an accessibility tool that’s designed to be used for those that require a little help with dexterity, but of course, it can be used by anyone if desired.

However, it’s not enabled by default, so you’ll first need to enable it by heading to Settings followed by Accessibility, Dexterity, and Interaction, and then Assistant Menu. The options then displayed on the right will be grayed out, and you’ll need to toggle or tap on the switch at the top right corner to turn on the menu. After this, a floating button will show on the home screen, and when you tap on this, it will expand. When navigating through the Assistant Menu using the arrow you’ll come across a Screenshots option, and you simply tap on this to take a screenshot. It’s worth knowing that if the Screenshot button is several pages into the menu, you can reposition it to the first page to speed things up a little.

Option 4 – Taking a scrolling screenshot

The Android Marshmallow update brought along the scrolling capture (smart capture) feature, and you can take advantage of this on phones such as the Galaxy S6 and later. This means that instead of taking numerous screenshots, you can capture one long screenshot with a scrolling screenshot instead and this is really useful for a web page for example. Once you’ve taken a screenshot using one of the earlier options, simply tap on Capture more and keep tapping until you get to the end of the page or have as much as you need. Something to take into account with this option is that scrolling screenshots can be very sizeable, so you might want to bear that in mind.

Editing, sharing, and saving your screenshots

Once the required screenshot is captured, you might want to edit it as though it were any other photo, and you can do this through the Edit option. Alternatively, you might want to share the screenshot straight away. If this is the case simply tap on Share when you receive notification of the screenshot, and then select the way you want to share it from the available list of apps. Alternatively, if you want to save the screenshot for another time, it can be found when using the Attach function in an app.

A final thing to note is that screenshots saved on your smartphone will take up space in the usual way or take up cloud storage. Therefore, if you want to free up storage, it’s worth spring-cleaning your photo gallery occasionally to remove any dead wood.

Final thoughts

By following the methods in our look at how to take a screenshot on Samsung Galaxy S phones, you’ll soon find it second nature to capture screenshots without even having to think about it. So next time you’re having a problem with an app, and you need to supply a screenshot to the developer, no problem! Similarly, you might want to quickly send a screenshot of a particularly funny image on social media that you know a friend would like to see. Whatever the reason for taking a screenshot, we’d be interested to hear which of the above methods you mostly use? Perhaps you are going to use a different way of taking a screenshot that we have not mentioned in this guide? Why not drop us a comment to let us know.

533 COMMENTS

  1. thank you. I have a galaxy SIII and hitting the power and home buttons together worked like a charm. The back and home button did not work.

  2. I need a way to take screenshot. So far all the ways suggested does not work. I get a shot of a screen I’m not even on. How can I get a shot of the actual screen I’m on.

  3. I tried this and oddly it did not capture the screen I wanted to screen shot it captured other screens I wasn’t even on. Is there another way?

  4. For Galaxy S Guys, use back button and then press the home button after doing so release the home button, click.. screenshot… try…

  5. i was messing around and figured out its like this: press and hold both the home button and power button AT THE SAME TIME, not one after another. Hope this helps 🙂

  6. People…you could just download an app that verrrry successfully captures the screen for you. Just a though (;

  7. Thanks for the great tip. I am having alot of fun taking screenshots on my Galaxy S. You’re a genius!

  8. Same here! except no matter what button combos I do, all that comes up is my task manager. I have just given up. XP

  9. For the Samsung galaxy s relay 4g to make a screenshot, you have to press and hold the power and home button at the same time.

  10. THANKS A TON WORKED FOR ME!!!!!!!i HAD ACCIDENTLY SCREEN CAPTURED AND I WAS GOING CRAZY TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT!!!!SO I GOOGLED IT. THANKS AGAIN 🙂

  11. Swipe the screen using the whole of the side of you hand is the only way I have found that works. Use large contact between your hand and the screen.

  12. I tried it, but it won’t work? I checked the software thing, and it said it was gingerbread, and I’m not sure what I’m doin wrong.

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