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How to take a screenshot on your Samsung Galaxy S22, S21, and more

Some would say there are too many ways to do it!
February 16, 2022

Knowing how to capture screenshots on your phone is arguably as important as understanding how to text or place a call. It’s essential for quickly and easily recording details or information displayed on your device. For Samsung users, there are several ways to take screenshots.

Whether you own the flagship Galaxy S22, the previous-generation Galaxy S21, foldable Galaxy Z Fold 3, or a more affordable Samsung phone, there are at least five ways to take screenshots on Samsung Galaxy devices. How do you take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S22 and other popular handsets? Let’s help you figure it out.

Also read: A guide to Samsung phones


The simplest way to take a screenshot on Samsung Galaxy phones is to simultaneously hold the side button and volume down button.


Editor’s note: These methods for taking a screenshot work on most popular Samsung devices, including the Galaxy S22, S21, S20, S10, Note 20, Note 10, and other recent handsets. Steps might be slightly different on other devices, especially older ones.

How to take screenshots on Samsung Galaxy devices

Using your phone’s buttons

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra angled in hand
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Like other Android devices, you can use the buttons on your Samsung Galaxy phone to quickly capture a screenshot. This is the most immediate and well-known way to take a screenshot of the content displayed on your screen.

  • Briefly hold down the power and volume down keys simultaneously.
  • Once the screen flashes, let go of both buttons.

It’s worth noting that this is the universal way to take screenshots across Android devices.

Also read: How to take screenshots on Android

Using Palm swipe to capture a screenshot

Samsung Galaxy devices also pack a smart gesture feature to capture a screenshot if you can’t quite reach the buttons. This method is especially handy if your phone is resting on a flat surface. Notably, you’ll first need to ensure the gesture is enabled.

How to enable Palm swipe:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Go into Advanced features.
  • Select Motions and gestures.
  • Toggle on Palm swipe to capture.

How to use Palm swipe:

  • Once the feature is enabled, find the content you wish to capture.
  • Swipe the edge of your palm across the screen to capture a screenshot.

Using Bixby Voice (or Google Assistant)

Bixby logo
Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority

Finally, if you haven’t disabled it and have it active, Samsung’s voice assistant Bixby can also capture screenshots if all the above methods are unavailable. This solution is also handy if you’re unable to handle your device for some reason.

  • Once Bixby is active, find the content you wish to capture.
  • To wake the assistant, press the side button and say, “Hi Bixby.”
  • Say, “Take a screenshot.”

If you don’t use Bixby, Google Assistant can also snap screenshots for you:

  • Find the content you wish to capture.
  • Instead of saying “Hi Bixby,” say “Hey Google.”
  • Say “Take a screenshot.”
  • You can also type in the command if you wish, but arguably this is less efficient than the other methods we’ve listed.

More: A complete Bixby guide

Using the Galaxy S Pen

Note 20 Ultra screen S Pen
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Do you have a Galaxy phone with a handy S Pen? Those using a Samsung Galaxy Note, a Galaxy S21 Ultra, or a newer Galaxy S22 Ultra are in luck, as you can use this handy accessory to take screenshots.

  • Find the content you wish to capture.
  • Hover your S Pen over the Samsung Galaxy phone to access the Air command menu.
  • Tap on Smart select.
  • Select the rectangle icon (or any shape you prefer).
  • Drag the S Pen over the area you want a screenshot of.
  • Select Save.

Related: Learn how to take full advantage of your S Pen

Using Scroll Capture to grab an entire page

Some websites and other smartphone content require scrolling, making it hard to capture a whole page. We usually have to take a slew of screenshots to capture it all, but not with Samsung. The company’s Scroll Capture feature scrolls and clips a whole page into a single, long screenshot. This will save you time and make organizing screenshots much easier.

First, check if the Screenshot toolbar is enabled.

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Go into Advanced features.
  • Select Screenshots and screen recorder.
  • Make sure the Screenshot toolbar option is toggled on.

To take the screenshot:

  • Take a screenshot using any of the methods above.
  • When the Screenshot toolbar shows up, tap on the Scroll capture button. It has two arrows pointing down.
  • Let your Samsung phone work its magic.

How to crop a screenshot

The Screenshot toolbar also helps you quickly crop images right after capturing them. This is helpful if you want to show only a section of your screen.

  • Take a screenshot using any of the methods above.
  • When the Screenshot toolbar shows up, tap on the Crop button. It’s the one with squared lines and a pencil.
  • Select the area you want to capture.
  • Additionally, you can write on the image.
  • Hit the Download button. It’s an arrow pointing down.
  • Your screenshot will be stored.

Those are a lot of ways to take a screenshot. Samsung has a comprehensive set of features and settings, but the company can often overcomplicate things. Here are some settings you should change on any Android phone to improve your experience.