How to Screenshot a Samsung Phone in 2 Easy Steps, with Photos


How to Screenshot a Samsung Phone in 2 Easy Steps, with Photos

Key Points

  • There are multiple methods to take a screenshot on a Samsung phone, including a hands-free method using voice commands.
  • The button method involves pressing the Bixby button and the volume down button simultaneously.
  • Another method is the swipe method, where you place your hand on the left side of the screen and swipe to the right.
  • Samsung phones also have the ability to take long screenshots, capturing entire web pages or conversations in one image.

We’ve used screenshot capabilities on Android devices since 2011. Capturing photos of recipes, conversations, funny images, memes, and more has become a natural way of life for many of us. Perhaps you upgraded to a Samsung phone, or you’re simply new to smartphones. Either way, we’ll show you how to screenshot on a Samsung in a couple of straightforward steps.

Fortunately, long gone are the days when we had to download third-party apps to take a screenshot. Samsung offers a few methods to screenshot. One of the methods is your standard button combination method. Another way is a really neat swipe method. The one you choose depends on your personal preference, but they’re all really easy!

How to Screenshot on a Samsung Phone: Hands-Free

There are many ways to take a screenshot on a Samsung phone. But this method, is, hands down (pun intended), the easiest. So, naturally, we’re listing it first. Here’s how to take a screenshot without any buttons or gestures:

Step 1: Go to the Page You Want to Screenshot

First, navigate to the web page, app, or conversation you’d like to screenshot.

Note: This method may work for restricted apps as well, although we weren’t able to replicate it during our tests in June of 2023.

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On your phone, navigate to the web page you want to screenshot.

Step 2: Say “OK Google, Take a Screenshot”

Now, say “OK Google,” to launch the Google Assistant. Then, say “Take a screenshot.”

Your screen will highlight for a moment and your phone will make a camera shutter sound. You’ll know it worked when you see the screenshot menu at the bottom of the screen (which we’ll discuss more below).

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After launching Google Assistant, say, “Take a screenshot” to screenshot the page.

How to Screenshot on a Samsung Phone: Button Method

Similar to iPhones, Samsung users can use an easy button combination to take a screenshot. For some of us, this method is the easier option because it is more likely to work every time. If you want to capture your device’s screen and save it to your Gallery app, do this:

Step 1: Press the Bixby Button

When Samsung began making smartphones without home buttons, the power button became the Bixby button. However, the location of this button varies. If you’re using a Samsung with the volume buttons on the left side of the phone, the Bixby button is the only physical button on the right.

If you’re using a Samsung smartphone model with the volume buttons on the right, the Bixby button is also on the right, but below the volume keys.

Press and hold the Bixby button and move to step 2.

Note: You must perform these steps quickly to avoid activating Bixby.

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Press the Bixby button quickly to avoid activating the Bixby feature.

Step 2: Press the Volume Down Button

Immediately after pressing the Bixby button, hold the volume down button. You will hear a camera shutter and the screen will highlight. Then, a small menu will appear at the bottom of the screen. You can ignore the menu, tap the crop icon to edit the screenshot, or share it by tapping the share icon.

Note: If you have a home button, press the power button, volume up, and home button together to take a screenshot.

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After pressing the Bixby button, hold the volume down button on your phone to screenshot.

How to Screenshot on a Samsung Phone: Swipe Method

If the button method seems a bit complicated or you’ve found it challenging to quickly press the proper button combination, there’s a second method you can use to take a screenshot. For some, this option may be simpler.

Do this to take a screenshot without buttons:

Step 1: Place Your Hand on the Left Side of the Screen

Go to the page you want to screenshot. Then, place your hand vertically on the left side of the screen.

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Put your hand on the left-hand side of the screen as shown.

Step 2: Swipe to the Right

Now, swipe your hand to the right to screenshot on your Samsung phone.

Note: This option is a little hit or miss, so you may have to try it once or twice.

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Swipe right across the screen with your hand as shown.

How to Take a Long Screenshot on a Samsung Phone

Samsung was a little late to the screenshot party (compared to Apple), but when we finally got the native ability to screenshot, the company added one really neat feature — long screenshots.

Let’s say you want to screenshot a really long conversation. Gone are the days of scrolling, then screenshot, then scrolling, etc. You can follow these steps to capture long web pages and conversations in one screenshot:

Step 1: Take a Screenshot

First, take a screenshot by following the instructions above.

Note: You must move quickly to step 2. Otherwise, the menu will disappear.

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Swipe right to begin taking your screenshot.

Step 2: Tap the Scroll Button

When you’ve initiated the screenshot, a small menu will appear at the bottom of the screen. Tap the scroll button. Keep tapping it until you capture everything you want in the image.

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Tap the scroll button at the bottom left of your screen.

How to Find Your Screenshots on a Samsung Phone

At this point, you know everything about screenshots and Samsung phones, except where to find them. Fortunately, your Samsung phone organizes them neatly in their own folder. Here’s how to find a screenshot on your Samsung:

Step 1: Launch the Gallery

Open the app drawer and tap the Gallery app. You can also use the search bar at the top of the app drawer and type Gallery.

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Launch the gallery to go to your screenshots. You can locate this by typing “gallery” in the search bar.

Step 2: Select Screenshots

Scroll down the Gallery app until you see the Screenshots folder. Then, tap it. Your screenshots get organized chronologically, so if it’s one you took recently, it should appear first.

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Select the screenshots you want by tapping the thumbnail.

Screenshot on a Samsung Phone: Wrap Up

As you can see, Samsung not only makes it relatively simple to screenshot, but they’ve also added a few options and given you some really neat features. You can save images of your screen for nearly any app, web page, or conversation.

However, do be careful. Depending on the app you’re using, there may be screenshot notifications! These alert others that you’re taking pictures of conversations and content they’ve sent you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I get an error when I try to screenshot?

If you receive an error stating that the screenshot is restricted, it’s because the developers of the app or webpage you’re trying to capture implemented DRM (Digital Rights Management) software. This software detects screenshots and disables them to protect the company’s digital rights.

The use of this software is becoming more and more popular. However, you can still take a picture of your screen with another device, or try the OK Google method listed above to bypass it (of course, we don’t recommend that).

Can I take a screenshot without unlocking the screen?

Yes, but only the button method works based on our tests in June of 2023. The OK Google and Hand Swipe methods wouldn’t work until we unlocked the screen.

How do I screen record on a Samsung phone?

If you want to capture a video or make a tutorial, you can screen record on your Samsung. Swipe down from the top of your Samsung phone and tap the Screen Record button in the dropdown menu (you may need to swipe right to find the icon). Select how you want to record (with audio, without, etc.). Then, begin recording.

Tap the stop button at the top of your screen when you’re finished. The recording will save in the Gallery app.

Does Snapchat and Instagram notify people if I screenshot DMs?

Yes! Both Snapchat and Instagram provide screenshot notifications in DMs and Snaps. Today, you’ll find many supposed workarounds to the notifications, but as fast as we come up with them, the developers implement new technology to stop them.

The safest way to bypass screenshot notifications is to take a picture with another device (which we don’t recommend doing).

How do I sent a screenshot to someone else?

You can choose the share icon in the small pop-up menu immediately after capturing a screenshot. Then, you can tap the app or contact you’d like to use to send the screenshot.

You can also go to the Gallery app and tap the share icon. Then, send it to whomever you’d like.

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