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How to take a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 5

Taking a screenshot on your phone is one of its most basic functions, but the Galaxy Note 5 has a trick up its sleeve that helps it go well beyond a standard one-screen capture. Though you still have two simple ways to take a regular full-screen screenshot to share or keep for yourself, there's also a new option called "scrolling capture" that lets you automatically stitch together multiple screenshots into a full scrollable and editable image. Here's how it works.

The regular one-screen screenshot

There's no shortage of situations where taking a simple screenshot is useful, whether you're showing something to a friend, saving a quick piece of information or troubleshooting an issue. There are two ways on the Note 5 to take a standard screenshot.

With a key combination:

  1. Open the content you wish to screenshot.
  2. At the same time, press and hold both the power button and home button for two seconds.
  3. You'll see the screen briefly flash, and a notification appear.
  4. Check your notifications, where you'll see the screenshot and an option to share, edit or delete it.

With a palm swipe:

  1. Open the content you wish to screenshot.
  2. Place your hand vertically along the left or right edge of your Note 5, and swipe in from that edge with your hand touching the screen.
  3. You'll see the screen briefly flash, and a notification appear.
  4. Check your notifications, where you'll see the screenshot and an option to share, edit or delete it.
  5. (Optional) If this method doesn't work, check Settings > Motion and gestures to enable it.

Scrolling screenshot with Screen Write

The Note 5 also has an additional screenshot method, and while it takes a little more work it's extremely useful if what you need to capture doesn't fit on a single screen. The so-called "scrolling capture" is part of the Screen Write feature, and lets you take one continuous screenshot of content that would otherwise require you to scroll and manually take multiple screenshots. The end result is one long image that you can scroll through and manipulate as you wish.

To take a scrolling screenshot on the Note 5:

  1. Open the content you wish to take a scrolling screenshot of.
  2. Take out the S Pen to launch Air Command, tap on Screen Write.
  3. The screen will flash and capture a single screenshot, then press Scroll capture in the bottom-left corner.
  4. The screen will scroll, and you can select Capture more to keep going, or Done to stop.
  5. Once you've captured everything, tap Share, Save in Gallery or Save in Scrapbook at the bottom of the screen.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

35 Comments
  • Finally! Don't have to take 5 screenshots to capture 1 page. Posted via Android Central App
  • Excellent Posted via the Android Central App
  • I assume since you do this with the S-pen, it doesn't work yet on the edge+?
  • It won't work on the GS6 edge. It requires Screen write, an S Pen / Note feature.
  • I'll let you all know how the Note 5 takes screen shots after I win one. I'm looking forward to that display and taking pictures with that amazing camera. Yup looking forward to it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oddly enough. I can't get it to capture more than one extra frame on this article. Just wanted to try it out. Worked on the Internet browser though. Does it work on this article for you Andrew? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Works everywhere for me. It'll go to the bottom of whatever page you're on. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hmm. I only get on extra page of this article then it says no more pages when there are more. Strange. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Andrew plz help i have the note 5 when i press screen write i do not find capture more icon only three share , save in scrap book and save in gallery
  • Hi Andrew. I am trying on to scroll capture my contact lists. So yeah and then a message appears and i lost the scroll capture. So i did the scroll capture again and it says "no more content to capture"... omg is the option could only be used ONCE? I restart my note5 and it remain the same. Thanks a lot for helping out. Note5 newbie.
  • Thanks for this article!!! Posted via Android Central App
  • I have had Samsung Note from the Note 2 to the Note 4.... But now I'm waiting on the LG G4 Pro... Rumored to have snapdragon 820, removable battery, SD card slot, and a stylus. Release in October. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Rumor is wrong on at least one count so be prepared. I think it will be at least 2 counts Posted via the Android Central App
  • Snapdragon 820 debuts in devices in 2016... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Slightly OT: According to the article, the Power + Home press method is the standard screen capture on the Note 5. Is this Samsung specific or Android specific? I don't have a Note 5, but another Android phone (ZTE). Is there something I'm missing on screen captures or the Android equivalent of Windows Prt Sc? Thanks. The Note 5 is way out of budget for me, but one can dream!
  • Google it, you should find the answer easily. I would but you didn't mention model Posted via the Android Central App
  • The last time I did, I was unsuccessful. BTW, have the AT&T Z830 entry-level phone. Thanks for responding.
  • Ok so what I found is this. Most of the things say that it follows standard Google which is volume down +power at the same time. I found one mention of power then home (or maybe it was the other way around). Try all three methods, and if that doesn't do the trick try asking in the ZTE forum. Hope that helps. PS that manual for the phone just sucks.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • NoNexus,
    Just tired volume down + power, and it actually worked. Thanks for the help.
    Yes, the Z830 sucks, but so does my bank account, and it's much cheaper than fixing or replacing a Sony Xperia Ion that originally ran Android 2.3.
  • He said the manual sucks, not the phone lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah I am not picking on the phone, we all have our price points. The manual just stinks. Glad I could help Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thanks NoNexus, you did help out. I agree with you on the manual.
    I just wished there was a way to move Apps to the SD and run off it, where I have space out of the Wazoo! This was possible with my Sony Xperia. As for the phone aspects, it's a fine model, and the camera is passable, so a HD 6-8" tablet to carry around at times where I would have dragged the 15" laptop around would be preferable.
  • Every phone does it differently. Usually it's power + vol. down buttons together. On phones that have physical home buttons, it's often power + home.
  • wow this is one reason to upgrade to get a new piece of hardware! a new piece of software! lmao maybe one year the note 4 will get a upgrade. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Scrolling screen shots should be baked into stock android. I've stitched them together in Photoshop. Are there any (probably need root) apps that can do this? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I usually create scrolling screenshots on my phone myself by stitching photos together. Just grab any free collage making app on Google Play, choose the images you've captured and create a collage in either landscape or portrait. You then tweak the border settings in-app to make the borders between the individual photos invisible. I use PhotoGrid myself (its free but ad-supported and it doesn't leave a watermark), but I think all collage apps have this setting. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So Scrapbook is still around. I thought it was taken off the Note 3 with Lollipop.
  • Thanks for the article, its my first note and
    I need to find out all the neat new stuff.
    So far I love it. ...omg the screen is awesome. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Force yourself to use the pen, once you get used to using it you will find it indispensable Posted via the Android Central App
  • Anyone know where I can find that wall paper they are using on the Note 5 in the pics. Posted via the Android Central App
  • My note 5 is just over a week old and it used to take screen shots with power and home button but now it only does screen swipe..how can I get power and home button to work again?
    Thanks Posted via the Android Central App
  • Andrew plz help i have the note 5 when i press screen write i do not find capture more icon only three share , save in scrap book and save in gallery how can i activate this fourth "capture more"
  • This is really useful info - thanks!
  • Hey, anybody there to help me?? while i am taking screenshot in my Note5, its showing like "Unable to Capture Screenshot.Prevented by Security Policy".
  • That usually only happens when you try to take shots of banking transactions. And you can't change it. I've tried.