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How to Take a Screenshot on Your Samsung Galaxy S6, S7

hand swipe motion to capture screenshot on samsung galaxy s6 s7
Samyak Lalit | February 16, 2017 (Last update: March 28, 2017)

Samyak Lalit is an Indian author and disability rights activist. He is the principal author and founder of projects like TechWelkin, WeCapable, Viklangta, Kavita Kosh among many others.

Your phone is on roaming as you are traveling and in spite of opting for the ‘free’ roaming plan; you are being charged more than the double for all the incoming and outgoing calls. You call the service provider and they insist that you send them a screenshot of “how you activated the free roaming” plan. What would you do? If you do not know how to capture a screenshot on your phone — it will be difficult for you. And you may continue paying for the “free” roaming plan through your nose. Not to worry. The situation can be avoided as this article is all about capturing screenshots on your Samsung Galaxy phones like S6, S7 etc.

There are lots of different ways to take screenshots on your Android device. Some are manufacturer-specific, some are operating system-wide, and some rely on dedicated apps from the Google Play Store. A screen shot can be used to share your home screen setup, pictorial proof of online payment, orders et al.

This article will guide you through the process of capturing screenshots on your Samsung Galaxy S6 or S7 devices.

Capturing a Screenshot

This section will walk you through the different methods of screen capture on your S6 and S7 device and also on other Android devices in general.

Note: If you want to capture a screen video recording, then you may want to see our list of best screen recorder software.

Device Buttons

The most common method used for capturing a screenshot on any Android device is by pressing the following buttons on your phone:

  1. Press the Home button and the Power/Lock button simultaneously for a few seconds till you hear the shutter sound.
  2. You will also see a notification “Screenshot captured. Touch to view your screenshot”. By default all screenshots are saved in the gallery.

This method works for most phones that have a Home button including the older versions like Galaxy S5.

Hand Swipe for Screenshot

This method is supported on all the high end Samsung devices including S6 & S7. This method may take a few tries before you actually succeed taking a screenshot. After you get a hang of the method, it becomes fairly easy to capture a screenshot. To use this method you must ensure that the Motions and Gestures option on your phone is enabled. To enable the option:

  • Select Settings > Touch Motions and Gestures.
  • In the subsequent screen select the checkbox option Palm Swipe to Capture and slide the toggle to on.

On some devices the enable option may differ a bit wherein you need to:

  • Select the Settings > Advanced Settings> Palm swipe to capture, and slide the toggle to on as illustrated below.

palm swipe option to capture screenshot on samsung galaxy s6 s7 phone

After enabling the option you can capture the screen shot with following steps:

  1. Open the app or the screen that you want to capture. Place your hand vertically on either side of the screen.
  2. Horizontally swipe the side of your palm across the screen from one edge to the other. Ensure that your palm is in contact with the screen during the swipe process, as depicted in the image below.
    hand swipe motion to capture screenshot on samsung galaxy s6 s7
  3. You should hear the camera shutter, and see a screenshot move across the screen. You will also receive a notification that the picture is captured and saved in the gallery.

Smart Capture for Extended Screenshots

Most Android phones do not support screenshot capture of an entire web page or email message. However, the latest Galaxy S line models do support a capture option called Smart Capture that enables you to capture extended screenshots. Mostly the option is enabled by default, but if not then:

  • Go to Settings > Advanced Settings > Smart Capture and slide the toggle to on.

To capture an extended screenshot:

  1. Press the Home button and the Power/Lock button simultaneously for few seconds to capture a regular screenshot.
  2. At the bottom of the screen you should see the option- Capture more.
  3. Select Capture more and the screen will scroll down the page to capture a longer screenshot, hold for few seconds till you hear the shutter sound.

For all the screen capture options mentioned above, the images are saved in the gallery by default. You will also have the option to crop and resize the captured image as required, either immediately after the capture process or after it is saved in the gallery.

Capturing a screenshot is indeed simple on most devices these days. You just need a little bit patience before you can start using the capture options efficiently.

Should you have any question on this topic, please feel free to ask in the comments section. We at TechWelkin and our reader community will try to assist you. Thank you for using TechWelkin!


One response to “How to Take a Screenshot on Your Samsung Galaxy S6, S7”

  1. Cmaxon says:

    Thanks for posting this. It’s really helpful for me. Now I can easily take a screenshot with this mobile.

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