Four Ways to Take Screenshots on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus – Scrolling Screenshot Tip Added


[Originally published on: April 22, 2017]

Over the years, the process of taking a screenshot had remained the same for Samsung devices - until Galaxy S8 came along. Whether you are new to the Samsung world with Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, or you have been a loyal Samsung fan - you are going to take a second when it comes to screenshots. With the introduction of a digital home button and a fingerprint sensor on the back, the Home+Power button combo no longer works. How do you take screenshots on Galaxy S8 or S8+ then?

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Four ways to take screenshots on Galaxy S8 and S8+

Well, things are getting easier now - for the Android world - since Samsung is now using 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 S8 or S8+.

1- The old-fashioned way, slightly tweaked

You can take screenshots on Galaxy S8 or its Plus 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 S8 or S8+ using gestures

Taking a screenshot with hardware keys sounds so last-decade to you? You can also use gestures to take a screenshot on your Samsung Galaxy S8. Once used to this, you will never go back to the awkward use of Home+Whatever-key combo.

  • Activate gestures: go to Settings > Advanced features. 
  • Enable Palm swipe to capturetake screenshots on galaxy s8

Once you have activated, you can now grab a screenshot on Galaxy S8 using gestures.

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  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. This edge-to-edge swipe gesture may take you a few tries to master, but it makes taking screenshots so much easier and quicker.  take screenshots on galaxy s8
  3. 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 S8 or S8 Plus

From Advanced settings, you can enable Smart capture, which shows additional information after you take a screenshot on Galaxy S8 Plus or S8. After taking a screenshot, you can instantly edit or share it. But along with sharing and editing, this toggle also allows you to take a scrolling screenshot.

  1. First, enable Smart capture from Advanced settings.
  2. Navigate to the screen you want to take a shot of.
  3. Use any of the above two methods to capture a screenshot.
  4. 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.
  5. 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, or create GIFs

The fancy new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus also enable you to take some fun screenshots in the shape of rectangles and ovals. First, enable it from Settings Display Edge screen Edge panels.

  1. Go to the screen you want to capture.
  2. Open the Edge panel and slide until you find the Smart select section.
  3. Select from Rectangle, Oval or animation.
  4. And finally, select the area of the screen you want to turn into a gif or take a screenshot of.

Bonus tip: Smart 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 S8 is winning everyone's hearts with not only its display quality and design but also the enhanced UI and new software tools and tweaks. If you want us to cover some specific tips and guides on Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, don't forget to comment to let us know.

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