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. I have the Galaxy S, it doesnt take a screenshot that way, you have to press the back button and then the power button on the side in order for it to take a screenshot…just fyi

  2. NO..THE TRICK FOR SCREENSHOOTIN ON A GALAXY S IS BY HOLDING DOWN THE HOME BUTTON AND CLICKING THE POWER BUTTON….PLEASE DONT TRY THE DIRECTIONS FROM THE TOP BECAUSE IT ISNT TRUE AT ALL….. SO PLEASE FOLLOW MY DIRECTIONS I PROMISE IT IS TRUE… IF THERE ARE ANY MORE QUESTIONS JUST COMMENT…P.S…. THESE DIRECTIOND DO NOT WRK ON THE GALAXY NOTE AND S3…

  3. @gowna:disqus press the back key for two or three seconds then press the lock button on the top of the phone

  4. thanks very much it really helps, but for mine i need only one click cos when i did two, i would get two picture 🙂 thanks

  5. I got it !!! There is no need for multiple button presses or anything else, you simply swipe the side of your hand across the display and it will be captured and saved.

  6. Are the cell phone designers retarded? Why not just have it in a menu that pops up? you know, next to settings? So glad I don’t have to feed an elephant at an Asia zoo before I have to adjust the “In call volume”.

  7. “Hold down back button, press home button”. All that was needed. Feel you like the sound of your own voice too much…

  8. OMG PEOPLE ARE ILLITERATE… WHEN DID THE BACK BUTTON BECOME THE HOME BUTTON? Hold the home button and press the power button down for a short time till u see ur screen flash. God learn to give correct instructions!

    • thank you this comment is the right one thank you so much who ever posted this the rest of this in bull an doesn’t make sense blast ur the man

  9. Does not work I have tried EVERY METHOD this website suggests, nothing works! I have gingbread on my phone, everything is updated, and other apps have tried but says my phone is not rooted. There is another page telling me 3 different ways to take a screen shots, I cant find it now, so I am leaving this message here. Im confused, and just want to take a picture!!!

  10. its reallly working…just press and hold the back buttom and then press the power button…u lll get ur screen shot..just did it ma self…thanks author

  11. To everybody having trouble with the screen shot for the samsung galaxy s. The best way for me is to hold down the back button, home button, and then hit the button on the right side of the phone which locks it.works for me great every time

  12. I hold down my back button then I quickly press my power/lock button. If none of the ones listed before me, this method should work you!!!!

  13. Anyone who cant get it… HOLD the home button on the bottom and the lock button at the same time…took me a bit but i got it!!

  14. Anyone who cant get it… HOLD the home button on the bottom and the lock button at the same time…took me a bit but i got it!!

  15. i can never tap the power button without my phone going blank again. is that how you do it? i tap the home button and then tap the power button but instead of taking a screenshot it just locks and goes to a blank screen! HELP

    • Same problem and I tried to change display setting to longer time …. it never works,,,, Just gave up and download an app called screenshot it Trial.. that is the only thing works for me

      • Thank you (sorry caps, not sure what’s goin on with my keyboard). will def. try this instead because this is silly not being able to take screenshots.

  16. Doesn’t work whatsoever with my Galaxy S. I don’t even know which model it is, but on the back it just says Galaxy S, no numbers, and I don’t have a middle button at the bottom (all touch). I can only do it accidentally and it never is when I press the power button. But sometimes when I hold down the back button too long it’ll do it-I just don’t know what the combo is. And whenever I try to follow the steps with the power button, it just locks my screen. Getting so damn frustrated! 😐

  17. Doesn’t work whatsoever with my Galaxy S. I don’t even know which model it is, but on the back it just says Galaxy S, no numbers, and I don’t have a middle button at the bottom (all touch). I can only do it accidentally and it never is when I press the power button. But sometimes when I hold down the back button too long it’ll do it-I just don’t know what the combo is. And whenever I try to follow the steps with the power button, it just locks my screen. Getting so damn frustrated! 😐

  18. To take a screenshot with the Samsung Galaxy SIII simply press the home key and the lock button at the same time and you will hear the camera snap sound. Your screenshot will appear on the clipboard. Hope this helps someone. I chatted online with a Sprint representative for 2 mins and obtained this answer AFTER spending an hour reading thru the suggestions below and trying each one.

  19. To take a screenshot with the Samsung Galaxy SIII simply press the home key and the lock button at the same time and you will hear the camera snap sound. Your screenshot will appear on the clipboard. Hope this helps someone. I chatted online with a Sprint representative for 2 mins and obtained this answer AFTER spending an hour reading thru the suggestions below and trying each one.

  20. I accidentally took several screenshots on my old vibrant a couple of months ago when it froze up on me and since then I have yet to be able to recreate the event. I am on the same phone as before, but a refurb (something was funky with the optics on the one), so I don’t know if that affects it or not? I’m running Froyo, but none of these key combinations have worked. (When I “quickly” press the power button, I lock the phone – how quickly is quickly?)

  21. I accidentally took several screenshots on my old vibrant a couple of months ago when it froze up on me and since then I have yet to be able to recreate the event. I am on the same phone as before, but a refurb (something was funky with the optics on the one), so I don’t know if that affects it or not? I’m running Froyo, but none of these key combinations have worked. (When I “quickly” press the power button, I lock the phone – how quickly is quickly?)

  22. when you hold the back button it goes back a screen therefore you don’t take a screen shot of the right screen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. when you hold the back button it goes back a screen therefore you don’t take a screen shot of the right screen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Screenshot for a Galaxy S phone:

    To take a screenshot of my phone all I did was…

    1. Hold home button on my phone
    2. Than hit power button.

    My phone made the sound of it taking a pix. Went to gallery and my screen shot was there. Hope this helps someone.

    Thanks,

  25. Screenshot for a Galaxy S phone:

    To take a screenshot of my phone all I did was…

    1. Hold home button on my phone
    2. Than hit power button.

    My phone made the sound of it taking a pix. Went to gallery and my screen shot was there. Hope this helps someone.

    Thanks,

  26. I followed this direction and it didn’t work but I tried what Rob did and it worked! click the home button and touch the power button and it will take a screen shot

  27. I followed this direction and it didn’t work but I tried what Rob did and it worked! click the home button and touch the power button and it will take a screen shot

  28. on my Galaxy S I hold the back button and hit the power button on the side of my phone twice (2 quick clicks) then it makes a camera snapshot sound and there you have it! hope this helps

  29. on my Galaxy S I hold the back button and hit the power button on the side of my phone twice (2 quick clicks) then it makes a camera snapshot sound and there you have it! hope this helps

  30. ive tried this a million times i cant do it, ive tried: power button with back key, power button with home key, and back and home key… i dont have a middle button. i tried to download 2 screen shooter apps but my phone cant be rooted… i honestly dont know what that means.. my mom has the exact phone i do and she is able to do it.. she’s tried to do it on my phone and nothing…. is my smart phone stupid??

  31. ive tried this a million times i cant do it, ive tried: power button with back key, power button with home key, and back and home key… i dont have a middle button. i tried to download 2 screen shooter apps but my phone cant be rooted… i honestly dont know what that means.. my mom has the exact phone i do and she is able to do it.. she’s tried to do it on my phone and nothing…. is my smart phone stupid??

  32. Help me please, I desperately need to screen capture text messages When I am at the home screen I can hold the back button and tap the power button and it captures the shot but if I am in a text message and hold the back button and tap the power button it takes me back and out of the specific text messages I need to capture. It captures the screen with the list of messages every time. URG! Pressing back takes me back.
    What do I do to keep it from immediately going back so I can capture a text conversation?
    Thanks in advance!

  33. Great It worked and I’m not on the froyo! just the original (after I’d reset my phone) Thanks a million 🙂

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