Screenshots are handy when you want to capture part of a webpage, view your phone’s configuration, etc. Samsung offers four different ways to take a screenshot on Galaxy phones. These distinct methods can be useful to you in different situations.
Samsung’s One UI customization for Android phones tries to provide a smooth and lag-free experience. There are more functions to perform the same action. It is up to users to select a tip to get the job done.
1. Use a combination of buttons
This is one of the easiest and universally accepted ways to take a screenshot on a Galaxy phone.
Keep pressing Volume Down and Power button simultaneously, and the system will take a screenshot.
Within seconds you will see a preview of the live image at the bottom to share, edit or tag the screenshot.
Unfortunately, there is no way to delete a screenshot directly from the bottom options. You will need to open the screenshot and tap the delete icon to move it to a trash can.
2. Use the edge panel
Originally designed for the Edge series phones to take advantage of the curved screen, the Edge panel has proven to be the silent consumer hit.
Samsung has implemented the Edge panel across the entire Galaxy portfolio, taking the cues from success. The feature is also available on flat screen phones.
The standard method at the top takes the screenshot of the entire display. What if you wanted some of it? You can still crop the screenshot, but that’s another step in the equation.
Instead, you can set up an Edge panel and use it to capture part of the screen. Here’s what you need to do.
Step 1: Open Settings on the Samsung Galaxy phone.
2nd step: Go to the View menu and open Edge Panel.
Step 3: Enable Edge Panel Failover.
To enable the screenshot feature in the Edge panel, you need to enable smart selection there.
Step 4: In the same menu, navigate to Panels.
Step 5: Enable smart selection and other panels in the list. You can also import Edge panels from the Galaxy Store.
If you want to know everything about the customization options of the One UI Edge panel, read our dedicated guide to find everything on it.
Once the Edge panel is configured, swipe it and go to the smart selection panel. Tap Rectangle and a rectangular box will appear on the screen to take a screenshot.
Use all four corners and adjust the capture area. Tap Done and a menu will appear to edit, share or save the screenshot. Click the Save button and save the screenshot to Gallery.
You also have the option to extract text from the screenshot.
We prefer to use this option rather than the native method. It gives more control over the screenshot area, the ability to extract text, and does not automatically save the screenshot to Samsung Gallery.
Those who use S-Pen will have even more fun using the Edge panel to take a screenshot. You can use S-Pen and take accurate screenshots on the go.
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3. Ask the Google Assistant
If you’re having trouble with the volume or power buttons and find it inconvenient to use the Edge panel, you can always ask Google Assistant to do the job.
On most Android phones, you can long-press the power button, but since Samsung remapped it for the Bixby assistant, you can’t use it.
You need to use gestures on either side of the corner and launch Google Assistant on your Galaxy phone.
Say “take screenshot” and the assistant will take the screenshot and open the sharing menu. You can directly share the screenshot to WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, save to Drive, etc. You will not get these editing options.
4. Ask Bixby Assistant
Although Bixby is not as good as Google Assistant, it offers some tricks for Samsung users. For example, Bixby Routines is a killer add-on to create full automation on your phone. The wizard also includes frequently used commands. One of those commands is the ability to take a screenshot.
Long press the power button and launch Bixby. Say “take screenshot” and Bixby will capture the current screen.
Capture Screen on Samsung Phones
Most users will be fine with the first two methods to take a screenshot on Samsung phones. However, if you’re wearing gloves or driving, you can enlist Google or Bixby Assistant to do the work for you.
What method are you going to use to take screenshots on Galaxy phones? Share your preference in the comments below.
Last updated on January 19, 2022
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