How to Screenshot on Samsung S21

Three ways to capture screen and save and edit them

What to Know

  • There are three ways to take a screenshot on a Samsung phone.
  • You can press the Power + Volume Down buttons; you can swipe your palm across the screen; you can ask a digital assistant to do it.
  • After you take the screenshot, you can tap a button to extend the screenshot down the screen to capture the entire app if you want.

It's essential to learn how to screenshot on a Samsung S21. As the saying goes, "screenshot or it didn't happen." There are three different ways you can take a screenshot on a Samsung S21.

Take a Screenshot With the Power and Volume Down Buttons

Go to the screen you want to capture, then press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons for one second. 

Power and volume buttons on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.

The screen will flash, and you'll see a mini screenshot in a circle in the bottom corner of your phone, along with a string of icons. Tap on Preview in the circle to crop, edit, or annotate the screenshot.

Take a Screenshot With Your Palm

Another way to take a screenshot is to swipe your entire palm over the screen. You can swipe from left to right or right to left. After you do so, you'll see the screen subtly flash, and you'll see the small screenshot in the bottom corner. Again, you can tap on the mini screenshot to crop, edit, or annotate the screenshot.

Take a Screenshot With a Digital Assistant

You can also ask your digital assistant to take a screenshot. It works with either Google Assistant or Bixby. Activate Bixby by pressing and holding the power button, or access Google Assistant by swiping up from the bottom corner of your phone.

Once you see the voice prompt, say, "Take a screenshot." You'll see the screen flash, followed by a miniature version of the screenshot in the bottom corner. Again, you can tap on the screenshot to crop, edit, or annotate the screenshot.

How to Screenshot an Entire App (Even if It’s Off the Screen)

You can also extend your screenshot to encompass the entire app window. If you're in an app or a web page longer than the screen can show, you can extend your screenshot down to capture the whole scene.

Button to grab screeshot of contents off of the current screen on Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.
  • After taking the screenshot, you'll see an icon next to the screenshot preview represented as two arrows pointing down inside a box. Tap and hold it while the page scrolls down. Release the button when you have gotten as much of the page as you want.
  • How do you turn off the Samsung S21?

    To power down the Samsung Galaxy S21, swipe down to access the quick settings pane, then tap the power icon and choose to restart or power off your device. Alternatively, simultaneously press and hold the Side button and Volume Down to access the power down/restart option.

  • Is the Samsung S21 Ultra a 5G phone?

    Yes. All three of Samsung's Galaxy S series models, including the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra, are 5G-enabled.

  • How much is the Samsung Galaxy S21?

    The Samsung S21 starts at $799 for 128GB of storage and 8MB of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus starts at $999, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra starts at $1,199.

  • How do I take a screenshot on other Samsung models?

    Depending on your Samsung smartphone model, how you take a screenshot on a Samsung phone will have similar steps but can vary. For example, pressing Volume Down and the Side button at the same time will capture a screenshot on most models, but these keys' locations may be in different places. In addition, some Samsung models support a palm swipe to capture a screenshot, and many models support using a voice assistant, such as Bixby or Google Assistant, to take a screenshot. So, for example, you could say, "Hey Bixby, take a screenshot."

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