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How to Take Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy Phones and Tablets

posted by Rakesh Shukla

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There was a time when we had to install a third-party to have this feature on our phone, but nowadays most Android handset manufacturers have started adding this sensible feature on all new phone models. Actually, I am talking about the screenshot feature. No you need not install and app that can do this for you. In fact, there are some good screen-capture apps with better features on the Google Play Store. But why do we think of a solution from outside when we already have this on out Galaxy Grand and Grand Duos.

Most Samsung Galaxy newer phones and tablets can capture screen in two-three ways. The first requires a certain key combination to be pressed simultaneously for about two seconds to take a screenshot. There is yet another method that works with palm gesture. I have tested both the methods for capturing screen on devices (with Jelly Bean) like the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note, Note 2, Galaxy Grand Duos, Galaxy Premier, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3 Mini and it should work with many others Galaxy phones too.

How to Take Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy Devices

Method 1: Take Screenshots Using Hardware Keys

Well, this method of taking a screenshot works on all Galaxy phones (and most other phones from other manufacturers) with Jelly Bean stock ROM. It might also work if you have installed a custom ROM. All you have to do is to press and hold the Home+Power buttons at the same time for about 2 seconds. You will hear a camera click sound and a white outline flash round the screen edges. It indicates that the screenshot has been taken.

On Galaxy Grand Duos, you will see a photo editor pop-up screen that will ask you to edit, save or discard the captures screenshot. To save the screenshot, tap on the OK icon on the top-right corner.

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This method of capturing screen works on all devices with Jelly Bean ROM. I have tested in on Galaxy S4, S3, Note 2, and a few other Android devices with JB.

Method 2: Take Screenshots Using Palm Motion

There is yet another method that you use to take a screenshot on your Samsung Galaxy phone. It will work only if you have “Motion” options under phone settings. Go to Settings> Motion and enable it by tapping the slider in front of the option. Now tap on “Motion” text to see other motion/gesture related options. Make sure that “Palm Swipe to Capture” option is checked. If not, check it.

This method of taking screenshot has been tested on Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Note 2, Galaxy Grand and S3 Mini and it should work on most newer high-end Galaxy phones.

Having enabled  Motion> Palm Swipe to Capture option, you will be able to take a screenshot by swiping your palm/side of your hand from right edge of the screen to the left or vice versa. It works in portrait and landscape modes both. This is a very handy feature and one of the easiest way to capture your phone’s screen. The only drawback with this method is that it does not work on the lockscreen.

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Method 3: Take Screenshots Using S Pen

If you have a device with S Pen like Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 10.1, etc., you can enjoy a bonus method to capture screenshots. Of course, it is by using the S Pen. Do this: while pressing the S Pen button, tap and hold the screen to capture a screenshot.

All screenshot images taken using the methods described above are saved by default to the Pictures> Screenshots folder on your phones internal SD card. You can also see the captured images in the picture Gallery. You can preview the latest screenshot image in the Notification Panel by swiping your finger down from the statusbar.

Hope this tip will prove useful to you. For more helpful Tips and Tricks, keep visiting. Cheers!

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Some Nice Screenshot Apps for Android Phones:

Additionally, you can install a good app that can make taking screenshots easier. I have tested some screenshots available at the Play Store and here are some nice screenshot apps. Personally, I prefer Screenshot ER.

The app was not found in the store. :-( #wpappbox
Screenshot ER
Download @
Google Play
Developer: Fahrbot
Price: $0.99

About the Author

Rakesh Shukla

A multi-faceted person with his heart and mind in English literature and technology, Rakesh is a teacher by profession and Android lover by vocation. He has penned down numerous books and is a theme-maker, modder, small-time developer and also a political activist. He enjoys learning, discovering, growing and sharing the newest and latest trends in the world of Android.   Current Devices: Nexus 5 Galaxy Note 3 , HTC One, Galaxy Note 10.1, Xperia Z1, and iPhone 4S.

Published by: Rakesh Shukla
  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Just downgrade the firmware to an earlier build and it’ll be back.

  • Wesley Menezes

    Yeah… I updated my firmware and it stopped working. Do you know how to return that functionality ? I really miss it.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Try a factory reset.

  • sky

    dear,
    i used samsung galaxy grand,but i have a problem.the set lite automatic
    on and off.what the problem?plz help me.
    plz

  • Caroline

    Oh I see. I just updated some apps. May be that’s the reason why the feature doesn’t work any longer. Thank you Rakesh for your helping. :)

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hi Caroline, I have rechecked the options for editing the image after screen capture but discovered that the feature does not work any longer after a recent firmware update.

  • Caroline

    Alright I’m waiting.Thank you so much Rakesh. I really need your help. Once more, thank you. Anddd I’m waiting for your reply. :)

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    The option is found on Grand but I will have to confirm it. Seems I have forgotten the correct option. Wait for a few hours.

  • Caroline

    I’ve tried Settings>Display, scroll down, but there’s no “Edit after screen capture” option. Any suggestions? I’m seriously confuse with my samsung grand.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hi Caroline, the option is there. Go to Settings> Display, scroll down and select “Edit after screen capture” option.

  • Caroline

    Rakesh

    I’ve tried with my samsung grand and the sreen shot works, but there’ no any editor pop-up screen. How to setting the screen shot so the editor pop-up screen appears?

    Thank you.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Hi Brynn, sorry for late reply. I do not have my S2 with me now so I am unable to figure out the solution. As for the key combo, it still works on all Android phones with Android 4+. Do a factory reset and try again. Alternatively, you can install a third party app for the purpose.

  • Brynn de Gooyer

    Rakesh

    I have a Samsung S2 with Android 4.1.2 and am unable to
    take screenshots. I was could take screenshots using the Home+Power button
    combo when I first purchased the phone, but since updating the software (twice)
    have not been able to. Any suggestions?

    Thanks

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