How to Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus

Okechukwu Solomon August 20, 2017
The new Galaxy S8 and S8+ were unveiled on March 29th with an April 21st release date. Both phones have huge screens, a sleek new design and no home button. Instead the fingerprint scanner is on the back near the camera.

There are two ways to take a screenshot on the Galaxy S8, and both of them will be explained.

Those who are familiar with other Android smartphones will find this even more easier. That’s because a quick and simple button combination will instantly capture whatever is on the screen.

For those who has no idea what this is or what it’s all about, a screenshot (or screencap, screengrab) is capturing and saving everything on the Android screen. Additionally, this can then be edited or cropped to get exactly what you want.

How to Screenshot on the Galaxy S8

Taking a screenshot is a very simple thing on Galaxy S8. All you need to do is press and hold the power and volume down buttons at the same time. Press, hold and let go. That’s one of the two methods, the easiest one.

Press and hold Power and Volume button down at the same time, to take a screenshot. Briefly press and hold down both buttons at the same time, then release. You’ll see and hear the screenshot capture sound. That’s all. The phone saves whatever was being displayed, and you can view it from your gallery.

#1. Smart Capture

A setting is enabled under “Advanced settings” called “Smart capture” which shows extra information after a screenshot. Like instantly taking another screenshot or capture entire webpage or crop and share it immediately. It looks similar to the screenshot shown below from the Galaxy S7.

How to Take Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy S8

The extra smart features are nice to have, but get in the way of taking multiple screenshots quickly. As the phone has to wait for the popup of options. Owners can head into Settings > Advanced Options and disableSmart Capture” to deactivate it.

#2. Using Gestures:

How to Take Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Activate gestures: go to Settings > Advanced features.
  • Enable Palm swipe to capture.
Once activated, you can now grab a screenshot on Galaxy S8 using gestures.

1. Go to the screen that you want to take a screenshot of.

2. Now swipe the edge of your hand from right to left or left to right, horizontally.

How to Take Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy S8

3. Your phone will buzz a little and show you a quick animation to confirm the screenshot.

This edge-to-edge swipe gesture may take you a few tries to master, but it makes taking screenshots so much easier and quicker.


If you happen to notice you’re taking screen shots accidentally, it’s probably the palm-swipe method. Here’s how to turn it off.

Settings > Device > Advanced features > Palm swipe to capture > and toggle the on/off button. As a reminder, all older Samsung smartphones or tablets with a home button follow different directions.

Just hold power and the home button simultaneously, and it snaps a screenshot. This new method is only for the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

When you enable Smart capture, it could be a little annoying especially if you have to take multiple screenshots quickly, as you face an additional pop-up after every single screenshot. You can keep it disabled except for the times you need to take scrolling screenshots. Do note, however, that the Smart Capture also opens doors to a number of other features like cropping or drawing on screenshots, or sharing them with a contact or through another app.

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