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    At first it was quite difficult to take a screenshot on Android phones. Over the years, the screenshot functionality has been drastically improved. From the ability to take scrolling screenshots to screen recording, screenshot functionality has reached new heights, especially in Samsung Galaxy phones. Wondering how? 


    This post will answer your question. Here today we have 10 tips for you to take a screenshot on Samsung Galaxy phones.



    Tips for taking a screenshot on Samsung Galaxy phone

    The usual way to take a screenshot on any Android phone is to hold down the power and volume down buttons together. You will hear the screenshot capture sound when a screenshot is captured. Apart from that, there are a couple of ways to take screenshots on Samsung phones mentioned below along with other helpful tips.

    1. Use voice assistants to take a screenshot on Samsung Galaxy

    If you are interested in taking a screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy phone (or any other Android phone) without the power button, you can enlist the help of voice assistants like Google Assistant or Bixby. 


    1. Go to the screen you want to take the screenshot of. 
    2. Start your preferred voice assistant using the setting button or by saying “Ehi Bixby" or "Ok Google". 
    3. Then say or type the command "Take a screenshot". 
    4. You will get a notification that the screenshot has been captured which can be found in the Gallery app.

    2. Use the Edge panel for screenshots

    Another way to take screenshots without the power button on Samsung phones is to use the Edge panel feature. It is a useful feature available in new Samsung Galaxy phone models. 



    When the Edge panel is enabled, you will find several panels consisting of various apps and features hidden within the selected border. You need to swipe across the panels to switch between them.

    One such panel is the Smart Selection panel which helps you take custom screenshots. You can take rectangular or circular screenshots.


    To use this feature, follow these steps:

    1. First, make sure the Edge panel is activated on your phone. For this, go on Settings > Screen > Edge panels. Enable the switch next to Edge panels.

    2. Tap the text of Edge panels to go to its settings. Touch Panels to enable the smart selection panel.


    3. Make sure the smart selection is enabled. Go back to the Edge panels settings and tap Handle to change the position and style of the handle.

    4. Once enabled, you will see the Edge panel handle on the selected edge. Swipe in from that edge to open the panel. Then swipe left or right across the panels to find the Smart Selection panel. Tap the smart selection tool Rectangle o Oval.

    5. The selection box will open. Use the corners to change the size of the box. Hold and drag the box to change its position. When the appropriate part of the screen is inside the box, tap end.

    6. The screenshot will be captured. However, he has not yet been saved. You will see the screenshot toolbar at the bottom with options to draw on the screenshot, share the screenshot, or save the screenshot to the Gallery. Use the appropriate option according to your needs.


    The Smart Selection tool also allows you to capture a GIF. Tap the GIF (Animation) option in the Smart Selection panel for that. The Edge panel can be used to create shortcuts to launch two apps even in split screen view.


    3. Extract the text from the screenshot

    If you use the Rectangle or Oval smart selection tools to take a screenshot, you can extract the text from the captured screenshots. For that, take a screenshot using the Rectangle or Oval selection tool. Once the screenshot has been captured, you will notice the button Extract text below the screenshot. Touch it. The extracted text will be displayed in a pop-up. Tap Copy or Share to use it.

    4. Pin screenshot or image

    You know those situations where you need to copy text in one app while looking at text in another app. This is where the screenshot lock feature comes in handy.

    Available in the Smart Selection panel within the Edge panel, the Add to Screen feature allows you to take a custom screenshot that stays on screen, on top of other apps in the form of a pinned image. 

    You can move the pinned image or minimize it. Basically, you can easily see and copy the text from the pinned image to your app. When done, simply close the pinned image.

    To use the Pin to screen function, open the Smart select edge panel as shown in the method above. Touch Add to screen. Drag the selection box to the part you want to capture and press the button Add to screen.


    The captured image will be displayed on top of all apps. Open the required app and copy the text from the pinned image. Tap the image to view various options such as minimize, expand or close.

    5. Enable screenshotshot toolbar

    Generally, when you take a screenshot on the Samsung phone, it is saved in the Gallery app. You need to open the Gallery app if you want to edit or share the screenshot. 

    You can avoid this by enabling the screenshot toolbar which will open as soon as you take the screenshot. The toolbar will help you crop the image, scribble on it or share the image.


    1. To enable the screenshot toolbar, go to Settings > Advanced > Screenshot
    2. Enable the switch for the Screenshot toolbar
    3. Then take a screenshot and you will find the toolbar at the bottom. 
    4. If you don't like the toolbar, repeat the steps and turn off the same switch.

    6. Take scrolling screenshots on Samsung

    Fortunately, there is no need to download third-party apps to take scrolling screenshots on Samsung Galaxy phones. It is a built-in feature that can be accessed from the screenshot toolbar. Therefore, enable the screenshot toolbar first to use it.

    1. Then take a screenshot on the required page. 
    2. When the screenshot toolbar appears, tap the icon scrolling screenshot
    3. Tap the same icon again to scroll down the page once. 
    4. Keep tapping the same icon to capture the required area. 
    5. When done, tap the screenshot preview to view the image in the Gallery app.

    7. Change screenshot format

    Interestingly, Samsung allows you to choose the image format (JPG or PNG) in which you want to save your screenshots. To change the default format, go to Settings > Advanced > Screenshot > Format screenshot.

    8. Delete shared screenshots

    Screenshots take up a lot of storage space on our phones, especially when we don't delete them and they keep piling up. To save space, Samsung offers a setting where the screenshot is automatically deleted after sharing it using the screenshot toolbar. 

    1. To enable this setting, go to Settings > Advanced > Screenshots. 
    2. Enable the switch next to Delete shared screenshots.

    9. Hide the status and navigation bar

    By default, when you take a screenshot, both status and navigation are displayed in the screenshot. However, if you wish, you can hide them using a setting available in Samsung phones. 

    1. apri Settings > Advanced > Screenshot. 
    2. Enable the switch for Hide the status and navigation bars.

    10. Taking a picture of a Samsung Galaxy screen with auto crop

    Often you take a full screen screenshot and crop it later to extract the smaller photo inside. Instead of manually selecting and cropping the smallest photo, your Samsung Galaxy phone will automatically detect the smallest photo in edit mode.

    To use this feature, perform the following steps:

    1. Take a screenshot containing a smaller image.
    2. When the screenshot toolbar appears, tap the Edit icon.
    3. Look for the blue selection icon and tap it. The automatically detected image will appear. Use the borders to adjust the size if necessary. Push the button Save in the toolbar to save the image.

    Conclusion: take screenshots on Samsung Galaxy phones

    This is how you can save screen on Samsung Galaxy phones in the best possible way. If your Samsung phone supports Good Lock, you can also use the One Hand operation + app to take screenshots quickly. Apart from that, Samsung Galaxy Note users can also use the S-Pen to take screenshots.

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