How to take a screenshot on the Galaxy S8

For the first time in seven years, Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ don't have a physical home button. As a result, millions of new owners will be wondering how to screenshot on their phone. Because the old method no longer works. Whether you're new to Samsung or have used them for years, this is one of the many features you'll want to know about.


On March 29, the new Galaxy S8 and S8+ were unveiled with an April 21 release date. Both phones have large screens, a sleek new design, and no home button. Instead, the fingerprint reader sits on the back near the camera. As more and more owners choose one, they will have a lot of questions.

It's a feature most Android users are familiar with, but things will be different this time around. There are two ways to take a screenshot on the Galaxy S8, and we will explain them both. Read on for the quick instructions.

iPhone converts or those who have used other Android smartphones will feel right at home. That's because a quick and easy button combination instantly captures whatever's on screen.

For those confused, a screenshot (or screenshot, screenshot) is basically our smartphones capturing and recording everything on the screen. Plus, this can then be edited or cropped to get exactly what you want. This is an extremely handy feature for a range of reasons.

How to take a screenshot on the Galaxy S8

Taking and saving a screenshot is very easy on the Galaxy S8. All owners need to do is press and hold the power and volume down buttons simultaneously. Push, hold and let go. However, this is only one of two methods.

Push and hold both Power and Volume Down at the same time, to take a screenshot

Briefly press and hold both buttons at the same time, then release. Owners will see and hear the screenshot. That's it. The phone saves everything that was displayed and is accessible from the gallery.

Smart Capture

Additionally, a setting is enabled under "Advanced Settings" called "Smart Capture" that displays additional information after a screenshot is taken. Like instantly take another screenshot (to capture the entire email or webpage) or crop and share it instantly. It looks like the bottom right screenshot below of the Galaxy S7.

S7 screenshot

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

Galaxy S8 Screenshot Method Two

Luckily, there's also a second way to take a screenshot that's even easier. Although I find myself using the button combination the most. Samsung has some neat gestures with its phones for screenshotting.

Hold the edge of your hand (wrist, palm edge, and little finger) on the screen. Then just swipe the edge of your hand all over the screen from left to right. You probably did this by accident and didn't know how, but it's a feature. This is how to take a screenshot on the Galaxy S8. The image below should clear up any confusion about how.

Screenshot 2016-03-11 at 11.23.54 AM

It works both ways and may take a few tries to master the technique. Once understood, owners can take a copy of the display in seconds, then instantly share and save it. Personally, we recommend owners use the power button + volume down combo for screenshots on the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

Other details

Screenshots will be saved in the gallery and found there or with the My Files app. Additionally, a screenshot preview will be located in the notification drop-down bar for easy access, sharing or editing.

Also, if you find yourself taking screenshots accidentally, it's probably the palm swipe method. Here's how to turn it off. Settings > Device > Advanced features > Swipe palm to capture > and enable/disable the button. As a reminder, all older Samsung smartphones or tablets with a home button follow different directions. Just hold down the power button and home button simultaneously, and a screenshot will be taken. This new method is only for Galaxy S8 and S8+.