The Galaxy S7 (and the Galaxy S7 edge) is now official. It's time to get down to the really important stuff — like how to take a screenshot on the Galaxy S7. If you're a Samsung Galaxy veteran you very much know what's coming next. Been there, done that, got the screenshot.
If you're new to Samsung phones, though, the Korean manufacturer has a trick up its sleeve that makes taking screenshots just a bit easier.
So let's take a quick look at the methods Samsung uses for taking a screenshot on the Galaxy S7.
Method 1: How to take a screenshot using the button shortcut
This is the tried-and-true method for taking a screenshot on Galaxy S phones.
- Get the app or screen that you want to capture ready to go.
- Press and hold the home button and the power button at the same time. It can be a bit of a stretch on these larger phones, but it works just fine. You'll hear the camera shutter sound, along with a short flashing animation, and that's how you know you're good to go.
- You'll now be able to see the screenshot in the Gallery app, or in Samsung's built-in "My Files" file browser, or in Google Photos, if you use that instead.
- If you need to find the screenshots from a command line or through the Android File Transfer tool, they'll be in /pictures/screenshots.
Method 2: How to take a screenshot by swiping the screen
Samsung's got another cool feature in its smartphones for taking screenshots. And some of us think it's actually the easier way to take a screenshot when compared to the button method. (Though it does get a little more tricky if you're using the larger Galaxy S7 edge.)
- Tilt your hand to the side a little, so your thumb is pointing away from the screen.
- Swipe your entire hand across the screen in either direction — left to right or right to left, it's your call.
Just like in the other method you'll hear the shutter sound and see a short on-screen animation.
This method is enabled by default, but you can turn it off in the settings if you prefer, or if you find you're accidentally taking screenshots.
- Go into the settings menu.
- Scroll down to "Motion" and choose "Motions and gestures."
- Tap "Palm swipe to capture."
- Hit the toggle button from on to off.
Method 3: How to take a scrolling screenshot on the Galaxy S7
Lots of things you'll want to take a screenshot of may be more than just one screen deep. Like a web page, for instance. To that end, Samsung has borrowed and adapted a feature from the Galaxy Note 5.
- Take a screenshot, as before.
- Tap the "Capture more" option to scroll down and grab more of the screen.
- Keep on tapping until you've got what you need.
Do be warned: These screenshots can get very large. Samsung helps with this somewhat. Single-screen grabs are output at full resolution — 1440x2560. But once you start adding them, the width is downscaled to 1080px, and the whole smash is saved as a JPEG and instead of a PNG. That said, we've saved a 6MB, 720x14990 screenshot. It's ... big.
Once you've taken your screenshot ...
So you've taken a screenshot. Good for you. Your Galaxy S7 thanks you. We thank you. But what to do with it? You've got a couple options. One is to share or edit your screenshot (maybe you want to crop something out or leave an annotation). You can just hit the buttons in the notification to quickly do either of those things. Another options is to, well, do nothing. Just swipe the notification away and go about your business. Your screenshot will remain on the device, though.
But do remember that the Galaxy S7 is a high-resolution device, and your screenshots can eat up a lot of space on your phone if you're taking a bunch of them. They might also get sucked into your cloud storage. So keep tabs on what's going where, and whether you really need them, or can clean things out once you're done with them.