How to Screenshot on Galaxy S4

This tutorial teaches you how to take a screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy S4. The screenshot feature is useful for taking pictures of your Galaxy S4's screen. You can use it to screenshot conversations on WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and practically anything that is on your device's screen.

There are several ways to capture screenshots on your device. These screenshots will be copied to the clipboard and saved to the Screenshots folder in the Gallery app of your device. So, how do you screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy S4? Let's find out!

Use Device Keys

You can capture a screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy S4 by simultaneously pressing the Home key and the Power/Lock key for 1 to 2 seconds. The screen will flash and you will hear a sound (if your volume is on). The screen shot will then go to the Gallery App. Use the image (not necessarily the S4 but the idea is the same) below to see how this is done:

how to take screenshot on samsung galaxy S4

If this method does not work for you or if your Galaxy S4 buttons are not working, you can use the next method to take a screenshot with your device.

Use Motions and Gestures

You can capture a screenshot on your Galaxy S4 by touching the screen with the side of your hand and swiping across from left to right, or vice versa. This will have the same effect as using the device buttons to get the job done. Refer to the image below for a visual of this process:

how do you screenshot on a Galaxy S4?

If the motions and gestures are not working, then you probably need to activate the features from the settings on your device. Here is how you activate motions and gestures on a Samsung Galaxy S4:

Enable Motions and Gestures

Follow the instructions to turn on the feature if it is turned off.

  1. From the Home screen, tap Apps.
  2. tap Settings.
  3. tap Motions and gesture.
    Note: It may be necessary to tap the DEVICE tab and then tap Motions and gestures.
  4. tap Palm swipe to capture.
  5. Tap the slider to turn Palm swipe to capture on.

Video: How to take screenshots on a Galaxy S4 device

View Screenshots

If you want to view captured screenshots on your Samsung Galaxy S4 then here are the steps that you need to follow:

To view a screenshot immediately after you capture it:

  • Open the Notification Panel by swiping from the top of the screen to the bottom.
  • Tap Screenshot captured to open the screenshot. (refer to the image below)
  • You can also quickly DELETEEDIT, or SHARE the screenshot from the Notification Panel.

To view screenshots taken before, follow these steps:

  • From the Home screen, tap Apps.
  • Tap Gallery.
  • Tap and select Albums.
  • Tap Screenshots.
  • Select the desired screenshot.

Sharing a Screenshot

Do you want to share the screenshots saved on your Samsung Galaxy S4? Great! There is a simple way to accomplish this! Follow the steps below:

From the Notification Panel

Note: This method only works for the most recently taken screenshot. Given that you haven't already swiped it away or deleted your notifications.

  • Open the Notification Panel by swiping from the top of the screen to the bottom.
  • From the Screenshot captured notification, touch SHARE.
  • Share the screenshot using one of the available options.
  • Sharing options vary based on applications installed and features turned on.

Note: Swipe to the left or right to reveal more sharing options.

From the Gallery

  • From the Home screen, touch Apps.
  • Touch Gallery.
  • Touch and select Albums.
  • Touch Screenshots.
  • Touch the desired screenshot.
  • Touch Share at the bottom of the screen.
  • Share the screenshot using one of the available options.
  • Sharing options vary based on applications installed and features turned on.

Screenshot Options

There are various things that you can do with the screenshots you take on the Galaxy S4. If you need to know about these options, then you can use the information below to learn a few things.

  • From the Home screen, touch Apps.
  • Tap Gallery.
  • Tap and select Albums.
  • Tap Screenshots.
  • Tap the desired screenshot.

When viewing the screenshot, the following options are available at the bottom of the screen (see image below):

  • Favorite: Mark the screenshot as a favorite.
  • Share: Share the screenshot using one of the available options. Sharing options vary based on applications installed and features turned on.
  • Edit: Choose to Crop the photo, edit it using Photo Editor, or add it to a Collage.
  • Delete: Delete the screenshot.

The following options are available at the top of the screen:

  • CAMERA: Open the Camera application.
  • MORE: Access the following options:
    • Details: View technical information about the screenshot, such as its size.
    • Slideshow: Start a slideshow of the screenshots in the folder.
    • Set as contact picture: Set the screenshot as a contact photo.
    • Set as wallpaper: Set the screenshot as wallpaper.

There you have it. The variety of ways that you can perform a screen capture on the Samsung Galaxy S4.

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