How to Take Screenshots on Samsung Devices

Instructions for your Galaxy, Note or Tab device

A shot of a Samsung Galaxy S8 phone with a white background.
Taking a screenshot on this Samsung Galaxy S8 is easy, but different than other models.

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You have a few options when taking a screenshot on a Samsung device, but thankfully the process doesn't vary too much.

How to Take a Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy Phones

Use this button shortcut for Galaxy S7 or earlier:

For anything older than an S8, use this method for Galaxy phones.
  1. Press and hold the Home and Power buttons simultaneously, until you hear a shutter sound or your screen indicates a screenshot has been taken, about one to two seconds.
  2. The Home button is the flat button below your phone's screen. The Power button is on the right side of your device.
  3. Your phone will immediately go to the screenshot capture with image-edit options. You can also find the screenshot in your photo gallery.

This button shortcut will allow you take screenshots on the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 phones.

Tip: Do your best to hit both buttons at the exact same time. If you hit one or the other too early it will initiate different functions and likely take you out of the screen you're trying to capture.

Use this two-button shortcut for Galaxy S8 or later:

A picture of a Samsung S8 with red circles highlighting the volume down and power buttons.
On Samsung Galaxy phones S8 or newer, press the power button and volume down button for a screenshot.
  1. Press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons simultaneously, until you hear a shutter sound or your screen indicates a screenshot has been taken, about one to two seconds.
  2. The Power button is on the right side of your device. The Volume Down button is on the left.
  3. Your phone will immediately go to the screenshot capture with image edit options. You can also find the screenshot in your photo gallery.

As with the shortcut for earlier Galaxy phone models, do your best to hit the buttons at the exact same time.

How to Take a Screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy Tablet

Taking a screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy tablet is nearly identical to Galaxy phones. This button shortcut will work for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 and later:

  1. Press and hold the Home and Power buttons simultaneously until your Tab indicates a screenshot has been taken, about one to two seconds.
  2. The Home button is the oval button at the bottom of your device. The Power button also locks your screen, and is located at the top right of your Samsung tablet.
  3. You can find your screenshot in your photo gallery. Look for an album titled "Screenshots" if you don't see it right away.

If you need to take a screenshot using a Tab 2, use the same method as above but press the Volume Down button instead of the Power button.

How to Take a Screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy Note

The larger Samsung Galaxy Note phablets offer a way to capture more than what's just on your screen, but first the important part: capturing what's displayed on the screen.

  1. Press the Home and Power buttons simultaneously for one to two seconds if you're on a Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy Note 7.
  2. Starting with the Galaxy Note 8, there is no true Home button, so press the Power and Volume Down buttons instead.
  3. Just as with other Samsung devices, you'll be able to tell right away if the screenshot was captured and can access it in your photo gallery.

You can also use your S Pen to take a screenshot on Samsung Note devices:

  1. Press and hold the S Pen button.
  2. While still holding the S Pen button, tap the screen with your S Pen and hold it there for one to two seconds.
    Note: The screen will flash or otherwise acknowledge a screenshot has been taken.

Bonus: If you want to capture more than what's on the screen, most Note devices offer "Scroll capture." You can find it in the option bar after a screenshot, normally at the bottom left.

How to Take a Screenshot on Samsung Using Palm Swipe

You can use this method on any Samsung device released from 2013 or later, including all Galaxy phones, Notes, and Tabs.

A man's hand is vertical on the edge of a Samsung S6.
Pretend you're about to karate chop your device to perform a palm swipe screen capture, then drag your hand across the screen.
  1. Place your hand vertically on either side of your Samsung device's screen. Pretend you're about to karate chop a piece of wood in half, and you've got the right hand position.
  2. Move your hand all the way across the device screen. Your hand should actually be touching the screen as you do this.
  3. Your device will confirm the screenshot just as with the button shortcut method.

Try it a few times if it doesn't work at first, but you may need to double check your settings to ensure you have Palm swipe to capture enabled. On almost every device this will be found by going to Settings > Advanced Features. On older devices, look for Settings > Motion and gestures.

The process is nearly identical for most Samsung devices, but watch out for those little differences, especially if you're using an older device.