How to Take a Screenshot on Galaxy S8

For the first time in seven years, Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ models do not have a physical home button. As a result, millions of new owners will be wondering how to take screenshots on their phones. Because the old method no longer works. Whether you’re new to Samsung or have used it for years, this is one of the many features you’ll want to know.

On March 29, the new Galaxy S8 and S8+ were introduced with a release date of April 21. Both phones have big screens, sleek new design and no home button. Instead, the fingerprint scanner is on the back next to the camera. As more owners choose one, they will have many questions.

It’s a feature most Android users are familiar with, but this time things will be different. There are two ways to take a screenshot on the Galaxy S8 and we will explain both. Read on for quick instructions.

Those who convert iPhone or use other Android smartphones will feel right at home. This is because a quick and simple button combination instantly captures everything on the screen.

For those who are confused, a screenshot (or screenshot, screenshot) is essentially our smartphones capturing and recording everything on the screen. Additionally, this can then be edited or cropped to get exactly what you want. It is an extremely convenient feature for a number of reasons.

How to Take a Screenshot on Galaxy S8

Taking and saving screenshots on Galaxy S8 is very simple. All owners have to do is press and hold both the power and volume down buttons at the same time. Press, hold and release. Yet this is only one of the two methods.

Press and hold Power and Volume at the same time to take a screenshot

Briefly press and hold both buttons at the same time, then release. Owners will see and hear the screenshot capture. This much. The phone saves what is viewed and can be accessed from the gallery.

Smart Capture

In addition, under “Advanced settings” a setting called “Smart capture” is enabled, which shows additional information after the screenshot. Like instantly taking another screenshot (to capture an entire email or web page) or cropping and sharing it instantly. It looks like the screenshot shown in the lower right below from the Galaxy S7.


It’s nice to have extra smart features, but avoid taking multiple screenshots quickly. Since the phone has to wait for the options to pop up. Owners can go to Settings > Advanced Options and disable “Smart Capture” to get rid of it.

Galaxy S8 Screenshot Second Method

Fortunately, there is a second way to take a screenshot, which is even easier. Although I find myself using the button combination the most. Samsung has smooth gestures with their phones to take screenshots.

Hold the edge of your hand (wrist, palm and little finger) on the screen. Then, swipe the edge of your hand from left to right across the entire screen. You probably did this by accident and didn’t know how, but it’s a feature. How to take a screenshot on Galaxy S8. The image below should clear up any confusion on how to do it.

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It works both ways and it may take a few tries before you master the technique. Once understood, owners can capture a copy of the screen in seconds, then instantly share and save it. Personally, we recommend owners to use the power+volume down button combination for screenshots on Galaxy S8 and S8+.

Other details

Screenshots will be saved to the gallery and found there or with the My Files app. Additionally, a preview of the screenshot will be placed in the notification popup bar for easy access, sharing or editing.

Also, if you find that you accidentally took a screenshot, it’s probably the palm swipe method. How to turn it off is explained below. Settings > Device > Advanced features > Palm swipe to capture > and toggle power button. As a reminder, all older Samsung smartphones or tablets with a home button follow different guidelines. Press and hold the power and home button at the same time and capture a screenshot. This new method is only for Galaxy S8 and S8+.

Screenshots are very useful and something most people use on a daily basis. And that’s all you need to know. Press and hold the power and volume down buttons at the same time, then release them or use the palm motion gesture detailed above. It’s that easy and only takes a second. Stay tuned for more Galaxy S8 how-to guides in the near future. While you’re here, grab a screensaver from our compilation below.

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