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How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S23 phones

There are several ways to take screenshots on the Galaxy S23 series.

Published onApril 6, 2024

Samsung’s top-tier flagships for 2023 were the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, and Galaxy S23 Ultra. Thanks to their general availability worldwide, these phones were a popular choice among enthusiasts, power users, and the average consumer alike. The handsets are also chock-full of features, even in 2024. It can be daunting figuring everything out on your own. If you want to know how to take a screenshot on the Galaxy S23 series, we will show you all the different ways you can use to do so.


To take a screenshot on the Galaxy S23, the easiest method is to press the volume down button and the side button (previously called the power button) simultaneously. Read on to learn about other ways of getting the job done.


How to take a screenshot using the button combo on the Galaxy S23

Galaxy S23 FE back cameras
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Taking a screenshot is very easy on the Galaxy S23, as the simplest and most convenient method is the same as on every other Android smartphone.

  1. Press the side and volume down buttons together for about a second.
    • The volume button is the long button on the right side of the phone (when the screen is facing you). The volume down button is the lower half of this long button.
    • The side button is the smaller button below the longer volume button.
  2. Release the buttons when you see the screen flash and show the animation for a successful screenshot.

And that’s it! You’ve taken a screenshot.

Note that some apps, like banking apps, will block the ability to take a screenshot. Some apps, especially those with disappearing messages or images, will inform the user on the other end that you have taken a screenshot. Just be mindful of these caveats.

Take a screenshot using a palm swipe.

Samsung Galaxy phones also come with a unique gesture for taking screenshots. You can swipe your palm across the screen to take a screenshot.

How to take a screenshot using Palm swipe to capture:

  1. Swipe the long edge of your hand across the screen, either left to right, or right to left.
  2. The screen should flash and show the animation for a successful screenshot.

This gesture for screenshots is enabled by default. If you’ve accidentally switched it off, here’s how to enable it.

How to enable Palm swipe to capture:

  1. Launch the Settings.
  2. Go into Advanced features.
  3. Tap on Motions and gestures.
  4. Enable the Palm swipe to capture option.

This gesture takes about the same time as the button combo above. Still, you may need to grip your phone properly with your other hand or place it on a table to execute the gesture, which may make it a little inconvenient to execute on the larger Galaxy S23 Ultra.

Using Bixby or Google Assistant

You can also your voice to take a screenshot, through either Google Assistant or Bixby.

How to take a screenshot using voice controls:

  1. Navigate to what you want to take a screenshot of.
  2. Wake up the voice assistant by saying “Hi Bixby” or “Hey Google,” as preferred.
  3. Say, “Take a screenshot.”

While the process is simple and easy to remember, the execution takes longer than the button combo and palm swipe methods.

Scroll Capture for a longer screenshot

You will notice that whenever you take a screenshot, a toolbar will also appear at the bottom of the screen. You can use the various buttons in the toolbar to crop the screenshot, take a long/scrolling screenshot, add tags for organization, or share the screenshot forward.

How to take a scrolling screenshot:

  1. Take a screenshot using any method mentioned on this page.
  2. When you take a screenshot, you will see the screenshot toolbar appear at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Press the icon with the two arrows pointing down. This is the Scroll Capture button.
  4. Your phone will start scrolling down on the captured screen and stitch together everything to give you a long screenshot.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra screenshot toolbar cropped
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

If you don’t see the screenshot toolbar appear on the screen, it may be turned off. Here’s how to enable it.

How to enable the screenshot toolbar on Samsung phones:

  1. Launch the Settings.
  2. Go into Advanced features.
  3. Select Screenshots and screen recorder.
  4. Enable the Show toolbar after capturing option.

The screenshot toolbar should appear on future attempts to take screenshots, and you can easily take scrolling screenshots. However, the option will neither appear, nor work on pages where there is no downward scrolling present. The scrolling screenshot feature also cannot stitch screenshots sideways, i.e. horizontally across.

Galaxy S23 Ultra exclusive: Screenshot using S Pen

If you have the Galaxy S23 Ultra, you have an additional screenshot method made available to you, courtesy of the S Pen.

  1. On the screen you wish to capture, hover the S Pen to open the Air command menu.
    • You just have to bring the S Pen tip close to the screen, without actually touching the screen.
  2. Tap on Smart select with the S Pen.
  3. Drag the S Pen over the area you wish to capture.
  4. Select Save.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Green Holding S Pen
Harley Maranan / Android Authority

Your screenshot is now saved in your Gallery app!

Changing screenshot settings

The Samsung Galaxy S23 series lets you change a fair few settings related to screenshots.

  1. Navigate to Settings.
  2. Go into Advanced features.
  3. Tap on Screenshots and screen recorder.
  4. Here, you can change the following settings:
    • Show the toolbar after capturing.
    • Delete the screenshot after sharing from the toolbar.
    • Hide status and navigation bars.
    • Choose JPG or PNG as the default Format for screenshots.

You can also change settings related to screen recording on this same screen.


Screenshots can be accessed through the Gallery app on your phone, by navigating to Albums > Screenshots. On other gallery apps like Google Photos, screenshots will be visible in the Library. If you are accessing the phone storage on a computer, you will find screenshots located at Phone Storage > DCIM > Screenshots.

You can edit screenshots by clicking on the Pencil icon that appears when you take a screenshot. Through that button, you can easily crop images, annotate them, or make other edits. Of course, you can also use any of the best photo editing apps.

In addition to the methods mentioned above, you can use these recommended screenshot apps to also take screenshots. However, the button combination remains the easiest method to take a screenshot.

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