Galaxy S5 screenshot

Want to take a screenshot on your Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S5 Active? It's just a couple buttons — or a swipe — away

This Galaxy S5 trick is an old one, but a good one. And it's one you'll certainly want to use. For those of you who are coming to the Samsung Galaxy S5 from another Samsung Galaxy phone, you'll be right at home here. Taking a screenshot on the Galaxy S5 is exactly the same.

But for those of you who are coming over from an iPhone or another Android phone, it's a slightly different procedure. And Samsung's got one really cool trick up its sleeve. (Note that these methods also work on the more rugged Galaxy S5 Active.)

(And be sure to read our comprehensive Galaxy S5 review!)

Saving a Galaxy S5 screenshot — Method 1

Galaxy S5 screenshot

Probably the easiest way to take a screenshot on the Galaxy S5 is to just use the physical button combination. And it's actually the same method as with the iPhone — it's just that the buttons are in different locations. Here's how to do it:

  1. Get the screen that you want to capture ready to go.
  2. Simultaneously press the power button and the home button. It can be a bit of a stretch on these larger phones, but it works. You'll hear the camera shutter sound fire off, and that's how you know you're good to go.
  3. You'll now be able to see the screenshot in the Gallery app, or in Samsung's built-in "My Files" file browser.
  4. If you need to find the screenshots from a command line or through the Android File Transfer tool, they'll be in /pictures/screenshots.

Galaxy S5 screenshot — Method 2

Galaxy S5 screenshot — palm swipe to capture

Now this one's cool. And it's not new to Samsung, but it's still pretty neat, and it's enabled by default. Tilt your hand up onto its side, with your pinky facing down. Now swipe it across the screen, and make sure you actually touch the screen.

Boom. Galaxy S5 screenshot. How cool is that?

If you don't want to have this feature enabled or find that you're taking screen shots accidentally, here's how to turn it off:

  1. Go into the settings menu.
  2. Scroll down to "Motion" and choose "Motions and gestures."
  3. Tap "Palm swipe to capture."
  4. Hit the toggle button from on to off.

And that's that. Once you've taken a Galaxy S5 screenshot, it's easy to share them on Facebook, Twitter, email or Google+ — or anywhere else, for that matter.

Be sure to check out our Galaxy S5 help, tips and tricks page, and swing by the Galaxy S5 forums!

And be sure to check out our comprehensive Galaxy S5 review!

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Reader comments

How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S5


Thanks for that useful reminder. Method 1 does not seem to work on Note 3; but it has extra methods using the s-pen and the palm wipe works.

Awesome A C

I thought it didn't work either but you have to hold it for a bit. It's not instant. I'm so glad it works , palm swiping doesn't work well for somethings.

Agreed. Had to capture a screenshot on the S5 and the palm-swipe wasn't working in this application (application appears to be locked up) but the key combo worked.

Thanks for the second method! I find it seriously cool and very personally warm at the same time. Galaxy S5 has grown very close to me in just one week with these type of little phone-candies.

it doesn't work on my S5 either, and I've turned the option on, and so are all the other options in the "motion and gesture" menu, none of them seems to work....

I got this thing called palm motion under connection and share. and it says use 3 fingers to swipe across screen to capture screen

Hi. When I view my screenshots in my photos section, it looks fine. But I'm trying to share one on facebook, and it looks awful! When I preview it on there it looks fine, but after the upload, the text is clearly (no pun intended) unreadable. Do you know what can be done? Thanks in advance.

i tried the first method of pressing the power and home buttons. that didn't work. the swipe did...but i'm wondering why the first didn't.