Five Ways to Take Screenshots on Samsung’s Latest Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ (Bonus: Scrolling Screenshot)
The brand new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are out in the world. With the new devices comes some usage confusion along with the obvious excitement. If you are planning on getting yourself the brilliantly designed Galaxy S9 and wondering how to take a screenshot without a real home button, this post is for you. For those who had opted for Samsung’s Galaxy S8 last year, you won’t find the process any different.
Five ways to take screenshot on Galaxy S9 and S9+
Doing away with the hard home button since its last flagship device, Samsung is actually making it easier to take screenshot on Galaxy S9. While the Home + Power button combo may no longer work, Samsung now uses the combo that every other Android has been forever using. Follow this guide for all the ways you can use to take screenshots on Galaxy S9 or S9+.
1- The old-fashioned key combo, slightly tweaked
You can take screenshots on Galaxy S9 or its bigger sibling by using the hardware buttons or using gestures. If you want to take a screenshot using hardware keys, you will be using what other Android (except for Samsung) phones have been doing since forever.
- Open the screen or app that you want to capture. This could be any screen in your smartphone, inside an app or even the home screen.
- Press and hold Power and Volume Down keys together.
Your phone will do a little buzz to confirm the screenshot. You will also see a quick animation and can access the latest screenshot from the notification bar. Or, you can view all of the screenshots from Pictures > Screenshots.
2- Take screenshots on Galaxy S9 or S9+ using gestures
Taking a screenshot with hardware keys sounds old school to you? You can also use gestures to take a screenshot on your Samsung Galaxy S9. Once used to this, you will never go back to the awkward use of Power+Whatever-key combo.
Once you have activated, you can now grab a screenshot on Galaxy S9 using gestures.
- Go to the screen that you want to take a screenshot of.
- Now swipe the edge of your hand from right to left or left to right, horizontally. This edge-to-edge swipe gesture may take you a few tries to master, but it makes taking screenshots so much easier and quicker.
- Again, your phone will buzz a little and show you a quick animation to confirm the screenshot.
3- How to take a scrolling screenshot on Galaxy S9 or S9+
From Advanced features, you can enable Smart capture, which shows additional information after you take a screenshot on Galaxy S9 or S9+. After taking a screenshot, you will be able to instantly edit or share it. But along with sharing and editing, this toggle also allows you to take a scrolling screenshot.
- First, enable Smart capture from Settings > Advanced features.
- Navigate to the screen you want to take a shot of.
- Use any of the above two methods to capture a screenshot.
- Once you take a screenshot, tap on Scroll capture (previously "capture more") from the options that will show up at the bottom of the screen.
- Keep tapping the “Scroll capture” button to keep going down the page until you are done.
4- How to take screenshots in oval or squares and create GIFs
The fancy new Samsung Galaxy S9 also enables you to take some fun screenshots in the shape of rectangles and ovals. Enable it from Settings > Display > Edge screen > Edge panels.
- Go to the screen you want to capture.
- Open the Edge panel and slide until you find the Smart select section.
- Select from Rectangle, Oval or animation.
- And finally, select the area of the screen you want to turn into a gif or take a screenshot of.
5- The easiest of all - Bixby!
AI is making things super easy for us. The best and the easiest way to take screenshots on Galaxy S9 and S9+ is to just use your voice.
- Say Hi, Bixby and activate the smart assistant.
- Take a screenshot and all will be done for you!
Bonus tip: screenshot editing and other options
When you enable Smart capture (method 3), it could be a little annoying especially if you have to take multiple (non-scrolling) 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.
Samsung Galaxy S9 isn't a major release like last year's Galaxy S8. However, Samsung's decision to focus on the camera and keep the headphone jack while keeping the price down to $719 will definitely win some new customers and keep its fans happy.