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How to take a screenshot on a Galaxy S7, S6, Note, or any other Android device

Taking a snapshot of your Android phone’s screen is easy, and there are all sorts of situations where a screenshot could come in handy, whether you want to share your home screen with friends or obtain pictorial proof of your latest high score.

This guide uses the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 2, and Galaxy Note as examples.

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We’ve also included a guide to taking a screenshot on any other device using Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean (4.1, 4.2, 4.3), KitKat (4.4), Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and Android 7.0 Nougat (that’s most of them).

How to take a screenshot on a Galaxy device by swiping the screen

Taking a screenshot on the Galaxy S7 — or almost any other Galaxy phone — with a swipe of your hand is easy.

  1. Set your hand vertically on either side of the screen, and shape it like you are karate chopping the phone.
  2. Horizontally swipe across the screen like your hand is a photo scanner.
  3. You should hear the camera shutter, see a screenshot move across the screen, and receive a notification that a picture has been saved to the gallery.
  4. It takes a few tries.

This technique works with the following devices, as well as most Samsung phones that came out after 2013.

Galaxy S7 Galaxy S7 Edge Galaxy S6 Galaxy S6 Edge
Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Galaxy S5 Galaxy S4 Galaxy Note 5
Galaxy Note 4 Galaxy Note 3

How to check if “Palm swipe to capture” is enabled on your Galaxy

If you can’t get it to work, you may have to enable the swipe feature in Settings.

  1. Open Settings > Motions and gestures (in the Motion category).
  2. Tick the Palm swipe to capture box.
  3. Close the menu and find the screen you want to capture.
  4. Enjoy!

How to take a screenshot using a button shortcut

Not everyone is a fan of gesture controls. Thankfully, most Android phones offer a more tactile method for capturing a screenshot.

  1. Press the Power and Home buttons at the same time.
  2. Hold both buttons for a second, until you hear a shutter sound or see a visual indicating a picture has been taken.
  3. This can be awkward to get right. You need to hold the Power button slightly before pressing the Home button, then hold them both down.

This technique works with the following devices, along with pretty much any Samsung phone that has a Home button.

Galaxy S7 Galaxy S6 Galaxy Note 5 Galaxy S5
Galaxy S4 Galaxy S4 Zoom Galaxy S4 Active Galaxy Note 2
Galaxy Note 3 Galaxy Note 4 Galaxy Mega 6.3 Galaxy Tab 3 Pro
Galaxy S4 Mini Galaxy S3

How to take a screenshot on an older Galaxy using a hand swipe

If your Samsung phone is older than a Galaxy S4 (2013), you should try this technique.

  1. Open Settings > Motion.
  2. Scroll down and find Hand Motion, then Palm swipe to capture, and tick the box.
  3. Close the menu and find the screen you want to capture.
  4. Set your hand vertically on either side of the screen and shape it like you are karate chopping the phone.
  5. Horizontally swipe across the screen like your hand is a photo scanner.
  6. You should hear the camera shutter, see a screenshot move across the screen, and receive a notification that a picture has been saved to the gallery.
  7. It takes a few tries.

How to take a screenshot on a Note using the S Pen

This technique is on the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3, and other Samsung devices with an S Pen. There are two new ways to take screenshots. To use these, you have to open the Air Command menu, which you can do by pulling out the S Pen stylus, or by hovering the pen over the screen and clicking the button on it.

  • Scrapbooker: This is a selection in the Air Command radial menu. It lets you draw a circle around a part of the screen to take a screenshot. After you take a picture of part of the screen, you can add tags, notes, and categories to organize the pic. You can access the photo from a special scrapbook app on the device.
  • Screen Write: This feature was also on the Note 2, but that device lacked an Air Command menu. Select it from the options to take a screenshot. You can then write notes on top of the image. There are options to change your pen color and size if you want to get creative.
  • Just hold the button and tap: On all S Pen Galaxy devices, you can also hold down the button on the S Pen and touch the pen to the screen, holding it there until you see and/or hear a screenshot being taken. This technique is best on the Note 2, Note 8.0, and original Note 10.1.

How to take a screenshot on any other Android device

Taking a screenshot on any other Android phone or tablet — as in, one that is not a Samsung device — is also pretty easy. The method varies slightly from one model to the next, however, the following method should work on all non-Samsung Android phones running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or later.

  1. Press the Power button and Volume down key at the same time.
  2. Hold them down until you hear an audible click, or a screenshot sound. You should also see a small capture animation.
  3. You will get a notification that your screenshot was captured, and that you can share or delete it.
  4. By default, your screenshots are saved in your Photos or Gallery app in a separate Screenshots folder.

For ancient Android phones, such as those running 2.3 Gingerbread, you’ll need to head over to the Google Play Store, where there are several apps that will capture a screenshot on your behalf. Screenshot Easy and Screenshot ER are popular choices, but may require you to root your phone. You can also take a look at No Root Screenshot It, if you don’t want to root your device.