How to Screenshot on Samsung A51

Once you have your screenshot, you can edit and share it with others

What to Know

  • You can quickly take a screenshot by pressing the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time.
  • Another option is to swipe the side of your hand along the screen (pinky finger first).
  • Use Bixby or Google Assistant via voice commands. Once configured, you'll be able to say: "Take a screenshot."

This article shows you the three ways to take a screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy A51. We'll also cover editing and sharing the screenshot.

It’s easy to take a screenshot on your Samsung Galaxy A51 smartphone, which is helpful for quickly saving information for quick reference, preserving digital memories, and other needs. Here’s a look at the three ways to do just that, plus your options for editing the result.

Press the Power and Volume Down Buttons

Physical buttons are a tried-and-true method for taking screenshots.

  1. Once you have a screen you want to capture, press both the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time. Both buttons are on the right side of the phone.

    The volume down and power buttons highlighted on the Samsung A51 phone.
  2. The screen will quickly flash and a small toolbar will display at the bottom of your screen, including a tiny preview of the saved capture and options for editing the image.

Swipe Your Hand Across the Screen

Another way to take screenshots on the Samsung Galaxy A51 is to swipe the side of your hand across the screen, either from right to left or left to right—it’s your call.

For this method, you will use the pinky side of your hand and slowly glide it across the screen, taking a second or two to gradually slide it from one edge to the other. If the phone successfully recognizes your action, you will see the same kind of flash followed by a panel with options.

Use a Voice Assistant

If you use Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant or the Google Assistant on your phone, you can also use either option to quickly capture an image from your screen on demand.

For Bixby, depending on how your phone is configured, you may need to press and hold the power button for a moment, or quickly double-click the power button. Once the Bixby prompt pops up at the bottom of the screen, simply say, “Take a screenshot.

For Google Assistant, swiping up from either bottom corner of the screen will bring up the prompt, and you can say, “Take a screenshot” to yield the same result.

How to Edit Your Screenshot

With any of the above methods, you’ll see the aforementioned screen flash and then a small toolbar will appear at the bottom of your Galaxy A51’s screen. This is where you can expand and edit the screenshot, as desired.

On the left side, just to the right of the circular preview of the screenshot, is an icon that shows downward-pointing arrows. This option lets you expand the screenshot to capture parts of the app that aren’t currently in view. This is helpful for capturing an entire website or conversation, for example. Tap the button as many times as needed to capture another part of the app.

Expand, Edit, and Save icons on a Samsung A51 screenshot


The center icon with a little pencil lets you quickly edit the screenshot, crop the size and dimensions of the image, annotate the image with digital doodles, and erase potentially sensitive information and data. Once edited, tap the downward-pointing arrow on the right side of the toolbar to save the final image.

There’s also a hashtag icon for giving your screenshot a tag (like #family or #puppy, for example) to make it easier to sort and find later, plus a share icon for sending the image via text message, email, chat apps, and other services.

FAQ
  • Can you record the screen on a Samsung A51?

    Yes. To record the screen, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the Camera icon. If you want to record app or gameplay footage on a Samsung, add the app to your Game Launcher library to access the recording tool.

  • How do you change the screenshot settings on a Samsung?

    Go to Settings > Advanced Features to enable or disable the Palm Swipe To Capture option. Tap Screenshots and screen recorder to change additional settings, like the default format for screenshots.

  • How do you screenshot on a Samsung s20?

    The steps are the same as the Samsung A51. Press Power+volume down, swipe your hand across the screen horizontally, or tell Bixby to “Take a screenshot.”

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