Although it hasn’t always been possible for Android devices to take screenshots, everyone knows the process to do so by now. All Android devices use their own combinations of pressing home, power, and volume buttons to capture what’s on a screen and share the screenshot. With the new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge from Samsung, things are the same but two additional options exist. Both phones have two software-driven ways to take screenshots.
Hit the break for instructions.
Option 1: Physical buttons
- Find the on-screen content you’d like to take a screenshot of.
- Place one finger on the home button below the display and place another on the power button on the right side of the phone.
- Press both buttons at the same time.
- Swipe down from the top of the display, select Share, and you can send the screenshot to a number of apps. There are also Edit and Delete options if you’d like to modify or dispose of the screenshot you just took.
It can’t get any easier than this in my opinion. Every other device goes about taking screenshots in the same (or a very similar) manner.
Option 2: Swipe over the screen
- First, you should check if a certain feature is activated. Head into the Advanced features section of Settings. Scroll down until you see Palm swipe to capture on the list.
- The on/off toggle at the top right of the screen needs to be blue to indicate the feature is ready for use. Samsung also includes a brief illustration beneath the on/off toggle to show and tell how it works.
- With the feature on, go to the on-screen content you want to take a screenshot of and swipe the edge of your hand over the display. The phone will take a screenshot of whatever was on the screen and give the same options listed in Option 1.
If you’re hands are a little dirty and you don’t want to get anything on your phone, this option is perfect.
Method 1: Take a screenshot on Galaxy Note 4 with Home and Power button
In the early days, most Android phones had a hardware home button. The Home button and power button combination is usually for screenshot.
Samsung is a few Android manufactures who refuse to bury hardware home button. So, you can have a simple way to take a screenshot on Galaxy Note 4.
On any screen, press and hold power button and Home button simultaneously to take a screenshot on Galaxy Note 4.
In the reality, it is hard to press and hold two buttons simultaneously. So this may cause one of the two problems:
- Galaxy Note 4 exits current app and return to home screen. This means you press Home button too early.
- Galaxy Note 4 shows power options (restart the phone, shutdown the phone..). This means you press Power button too early.
The secret of successfully taking a screenshot on Galaxy Note 4 is to press and hold the power button “slightly” earlier.
There is a reason for this secret. Home button will response normally within 100ms (about 0.1s) once pressed. But power button only responses usually after 500ms (0.5s).
Using Home button and Power button to take a screenshot works not only on Galaxy Note 4, but also on almost all Galaxy devices from Samsung.
Method 3: Take a screenshot on Galaxy Note 4 with S your S Pen using Screen Write (air command)
In old Galaxy Note devcies (Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition and Galaxy Note Pro), you can take a screenshot by holding the S Pen button, then tapping and holding the S Pen on the screen.
But this S Pen method does NOT work for Galaxy Note 4, due to the new smart select feature in Galaxy Note 4.
Then, can I take a screenshot on Galaxy Note 4 with the S Pen?
Yes, you still can use S Pen to take a screenshot on Galaxy Note 4. But now you need use one of the four air commands in Galaxy Note 4: screen write.
Air command will be launched when the S Pen is removed from the slot, or when the S Pen is hovering over any part of the screen with S Pen button pressed.
In the four options of air command, tap screen write to take a screenshot on Galaxy Note 4.
Once the screenshot is taken, you will be offered the options to edit, share, and save the screenshot, as shown below. Tap the check symbol to save the screenshot.
Please note, when screen write is used to take a screenshot on Galaxy Note 4, the editing option is always provided and the screenshot is NOT saved until you tap the check symbol. This behavior is different from the previous 2 methods.
Screen write was introduced in Galaxy Note 3. So this method also works on Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition and Galaxy Note Pro.
Various Methods on How to Take Screenshots on Samsung Galaxy S7 Or Galaxy S7 Edge
You should notice that I used “Methods” in the subheading above and that because there are various ways or actually two methods of actually performing or Taking Screenshots on Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. So lets know the methods first and I will dig into the methods and how to make use of it on your Galaxy S7 phone.
The methods are:
- Using the Palm swipe gesture.
- Using the Hardware Buttons.
From the names of the method above, you should be able to tell what is going to get involved in using any of the methods when taking screenshots.
Using the Palm Swipe Gesture In Taking Screenshots on Your Samsung Galaxy S7
If you are using a Samsung TouchWiz phone which are Samsung produced at least 2 years ago then you have this feature available on your phone not just the Samsung Galaxy S7 series. The Palm swipe gesture is a feature which allows users unlock, pick calls and also screenshot by the swipe of their hands over the screen of the phone, But first in order to be able to use this feature you have to be sure that it is enabled on your phone.
To know how to enable it, read the instructions below
- To enable the gesture feature, you have to go into the “Settings” of your phone, you will find “Motion Menu”
- From the Motion menu, find out Hand Motions and then check the Palm Swipe to capture check-box.
And that all you have to do to enable the palm swipe feature, so know how to screenshot using the method, read on..
- Go to the enviroment or section of your phone you want to screenshot on your Samsung Galaxy S7
- Then, place your hand on your phone like a knife and slide from edge to edge horizontally. if done well you will get a shutter sound and saving screenshot notification
Using The Hardware Buttons in Taking Screenshot on Your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge
To me personally, this is one of the must easiest methods and ways to actually take screenshots on Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Egde.
- Open the screen which you want to take a screenshot
- The Press the Home and Power button together at once
- After few seconds, you should get the Shutter sound and a notification that your screenshot is been saved.
You can see that this method is much more better than the Palm Swipe method, Yea I find it the same too. But after doing so how do you locate your saved screenshots? Well we will talk about that also