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How to take screenshots on the Samsung Galaxy S8

24 mayo, 2021

Android includes the native function to take screenshots from version 4.0, but each manufacturer may vary slightly the buttons that you must press to take them. In the case of Samsung, and many others, screenshots are taken by simultaneously pressing the home button + power key.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is somewhat peculiar in its design and that means that there is no physical home button as in previous brand devices. In such circumstances, it is normal for the terminal to use a different combination that could confuse those who have been taking screenshots on a Samsung for years, although it will be familiar to those who used phones with on-screen navigation keys: Volume down + Power.

1. With the buttons

One of the most common ways to take screenshots is by pressing two physical buttons simultaneously. On the Galaxy S8, the combination is Volume down + Power. Press both buttons for a short time and the screenshot will start.


As usual, it is enormously difficult, if not impossible, to take a screenshot using this method. using only one hand. If you are able to achieve this, we encourage you to let us know in the comments (be careful not to drop the terminal while testing!).

2. Dragging your hand

Another system for taking screenshots introduced long ago in Samsung devices is dragging the palm of the hand across the screen. First of all, you must make sure that the option is activated, go to the Settings of the system – Advanced features and brand Swipe palm to capture.


As explained in the previous screenshot, to take a screenshot you must slide the edge of the hand from the right side, to the opposite side of the screen. It is also difficult to do it with one hand, unless you have the mobile resting on a surface where it does not move while you do it.

Advanced Options

After pressing or sliding your hand, the screenshot you have taken momentarily will be shown on the screen, with a toolbar at the bottom to modify your capture or share it directly, without the need for an additional application.

Advanced Capture
  • Scroll Capture: generates a long screenshot, ideal for capturing long conversations or other elements that cannot fit in a single capture.
  • Draw– Opens a small image editor where you can add squiggles over the capture.
  • Trim: allows you to crop a portion of the capture before saving or sharing it.
  • Share– Use it to send your capture as an image to any application that supports image submission.

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