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Galaxy S8 Guide: How to Take Screenshots

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We don’t typically talk much about how to take screenshots on the Android phones you guys buy because it’s been the exact same process for years. On a Samsung phone, you do a palm swipe across the screen (if enabled) or press Power + Home for a couple of seconds. On all other Android phones, it’s a press of Power + Volume Down for a couple of seconds. Any newb knows how this works. Plus, the last thing any of you need is for us to become another Android SEO farm. There are enough of those. Gross.

With that said, if you have been a long-time Samsung Galaxy phone owner, things are actually changing on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in the screenshots department. How exciting!  

Since you no longer have a physical home button to press, you can no longer do the Home + Power combo to take a screenshot. Instead, you now get to be just another average Android user and do the Power + Volume Down trick. Cool, right?


Galaxy S8 Screenshots – Method 1

1. Press and hold Power + Volume Down for a couple of seconds.
2. Your phone will do a little buzz and then an animation to confirm the screenshot.
3. That’s it.

Galaxy S8 Screenshots – Method 2

1. Swipe the edge of your hand over your screen gently. (See image below)
2. If done right, your phone will also buzz and animate to confirm the screenshot.
3. That’s it.

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Other Notes

Now, that’s of course not all. Those two ways will get you screenshots, but Samsung takes their screenshot feature up several notches. Since we’re here, we may as well talk about some of those items.

  • Advanced Features: Head into Settings>Advanced Features and you’ll find settings for the Palm Swipe to Capture and Smart Capture. If you want to be able to do the palm swipe for screenshots, this is where you’ll enable it (it should be on by default). If you want some extra tools to show just after you take a screenshot, you’ll want Smart Capture on.
  • Smart Capture: This is actually pretty useful, assuming you don’t need to fire off 10 screenshots in a row. Because after each screenshot (with either Method 1 or 2 above), Smart Capture displays a little menu bar at the bottom of your just-captured screenshot. You can tell it to continue capturing (“Scroll Capture”), should you want to capture a long webpage or document, plus you can draw on screenshots, crop them, or instantly share them to another app or person.
  • See screenshots below.

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And that’s pretty much it for Galaxy S8 screenshots. Samsung users, welcome to the Power + Volume Down party. We’ll make room for you.


This piece is part of our Galaxy S8 Guide, an ongoing segment dedicated to getting the most out of your Samsung Galaxy S8.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    One of the reasons why I am waiting for the Note8 is that the pen makes all this process much shorter. And I do take a lot of cropped screenshots.

  • I am surprised that they don’t invent a new button combination for this.

  • disastrousrainbow
  • Justin Martin

    I’ve only owned one Galaxy in my life, and I left it stock for a whole 15 minutes just long enough to put Cyanogenmod on it. I think Samsung has the best hardware, but I just wish they would stock Android on their phones. I don’t know why they think they have to add all the crap. If the S8 came with Stock Nougat, it would be the greatest phone ever.

    • PoisonApple31

      If it came with stock nougat, it’d be just as boring as the Pixel is now. I’m happy to put my Pixel down and try out the S8+!

      • Justin Martin

        And that’s why the Pixel IS the best phone available #pixelmasterrace

      • drewthebrave

        Perfect time for me to buy a used Pixel!

  • Guest

    I find the lack of iPhone jokes disturbing.

  • trevorsalienarms

    Dayum. That is one good looking device. Google/HTC/Moto/LG, hope you’re taking notes.

  • editorinchimp

    Screenshots are so easy on the V10/20 with the second screen. Screen capture shortcut ftw

    • Mike-Mike

      QuickCapture+ is by far the best screenshot tool, that’s about the only thing I will miss from my V20 to my S8+. I hope Samsung or Android as a whole steals that. However the scrolling screenshot for Samsung is pretty great

  • Josh Oberg

    What about the cool kids way using Google Assistant or Google now to screen shot . Removes the nav bar so we don’t have to see those embarasingly backwards buttons or all the notifications on your phone.

  • The Doctor

    This website should change its name to “Samsung-Life”. 😛 (I”m kidding, of course).

    I’m surprised I haven’t seen that yet like I have on other sites.

  • Just got a Pixel for a Daily Driver and put my S7 in a drawer as a backup. The biggest thing I miss about Touchwiz is that swipe to screenshot and scrolling screenshot options. Don’t think I want the S8 though. #TeamFlatPhones

    • Rod

      You can use Stitch & Share to create long screenshots.

      • I’ve tried it, but its cumbersome. Nowhere as easy as Samsung’s native implementation.

    • DanSan

      I originally used Stitch & Share on my N6 but this new built in scrolling feature is awesome. blown away

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  • B!

    “1. Press and hold Power + Volume Down for a couple of seconds.”

    The old Motorola DROID RAZR way.

  • OligarchyAmbulance

    Why don’t I see anyone complaining about the ridiculous screen glare the edges cause? Just look at that main photo. I honestly don’t know how someone can deal with that.

    • B!

      I think, I THINK, it’s because your phone won’t always be in the exact position that it is in that pic.

    • Actually, this phone has had less glare than most Samsung edge phones. But yeah, it is something that will show from time to time.

  • JSo

    I looked at one of these in person yesterday. The temptation is strong. And this is coming from a Nexus user who never owned a Samsung device and never wanted to.

    • Feels pretty crazy premium, right?

      The software will drive you nuts. It’s already maddening to me because I test it as Samsung presents it. It needs a launcher and some other stuff so badly.

      • JSo

        Definitely nice. The funny thing is that it it still had the hardware buttons, I would probably not even consider it.

      • VAVAMk_2

        Nova Launcher FTW

      • Mike-Mike

        I actually really like the Samsung software. Samsung Internet with Samsung Pass is great, being able to login to sites with my fingerprint is awesome. The Edge panel is pretty useful, like a much better implementation of LG’s 2nd screen. Smart Select is pretty neat, but I wish I could use it just for screenshot and not copy all the text. I think the Samsung Calendar is the best in the business.

      • disastrousrainbow

        What don’t you like? Because this is actually the first incarnation of TouchWiz that I feel I don’t really need a launcher for…

    • DanSan

      long time nexus user here, got my GS8+ today. im still confused on where settings are but im slowly figuring it out. disabling all the samsung bloat junk and seems to be okay. love this phone though

    • ROB

      DO NOT BUY the unlocked version from Samsung..it will never get updated.