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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 not hard, and there are all sorts of other situations where a screenshot would come in handy, from sharing your home screen setup with friends to obtaining pictorial proof of your new high score in a game. These days, it’s not hard, either!

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

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

Related: For whom the ringtone tolls: Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6s

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

Taking a screenshot on the Galaxy S7 (or almost any other Galaxy phone) with a hand swipe 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: 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, and most Samsung phones that came out after 2013.

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 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!
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