How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Galaxy Note 8 is the hottest new Samsung phone in town. This towering handset is the latest representative of Sammie's new design philosophy, packing a 6.3-inch Infinity Display with extra thin bezels at the front. However, this reduction in bezel size means that the phone's lower chin can no longer host the physical Samsung home key that was typical for all of its predecessors. Instead, there's an on-screen button that simulates a "taptic" press via a smart vibration engine. 

Previously, one had to simultaneously press and hold the home key and power/lock button to take a screenshot, however, the new design of the Note 8 has forced a change in the key combination. So, how does one take a screen grab on the Note 8? Let's find out. 

1. The old fashioned way, but with a twist

The new way of doing it through the physical buttons is by pressing the power/lock key (right side) and the volume down button (left side) at once. Hold them down for a moment and you'll see the screen flash. 

2. Use the dedicated gesture

Of course, if you're not a fan of the button combination, there's also a way of capturing a screenshot via a gesture. It's called "palm swipe to capture" and it's pretty self-explanatory - just swipe the edge of your hand across the phone's screen, while making sure that you keep contact with it throughout the whole motion. You should have this feature enabled by default on your Note 8, but if you aren't able to take a screenshot that way, go to Settings -> Advanced Options and see if the gesture is toggled on.

3. Ask for assistance

Last but not least, you can also ask Bixby to take a screenshot for you. Summon Samsung's AI assistant by saying "Hi Bixby" (only works if you've gone through the Bixby setup) or by pressing and holding the dedicated button on the left side. Then, simply say "take a screenshot" and you're all set. 

4. Use the preview tools 

Alright, so you've successfully taken a screenshot, now what? Well, you might have noticed that a preview menu will appear in the first few seconds after a screen grab. This menu gives you the possibility of editing anything you've captured via three tools.

The first one (from left to right) is a scrolling screenshot: tap on that button and the phone will scroll down and automatically capture anything that appears on the display. This is particularly useful for recording things like long lists or web pages. Icon number 2 represents a draw option. Naturally, it allows you to draw on top of a screenshot, which is nice if you want to highlight something.

Last but not least, you have the crop tool. Tap on the crop button and you will see a preview with the on-screen buttons and system information on the top taskbar automatically cropped. Of course, you can make your selection larger or smaller, but the default option is good enough for those of you just want to avoid having that extra stuff present on the screenshot.



1. g2a5b0e unregistered

The palm swipe is the only way to take a screenshot on a Galaxy flagship.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31757; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I actually use the buttons more. Mostly, I'll use the s-pen, to only get what I want.

9. JadeMoon

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

That's the only way I have ever done it. Its definitely faster and easier than button combos.

5. MartinR

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Or just hold Bixby button and say Bixby make a screenshot! #winning

11. Jesseclark

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 10, 2017

Samsung screenshots are amazing, you can swipe and use buttons, edit the screenshots right away, crop to get the right info only, take rectangular and oval screenshots and can extract text from selected area( even from images) editable text, take animated screenshots in gif format, pin the extracted content on top for using it right away in another app. Many possibilities. Samsung provides the best content oriented smartphone.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31757; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes sirrrr

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How to make people do things the hard way, is what the article should be titled. You just dont want people to know there is an easier way to do something on the Galaxy, simply because on the iPhone you still have to use buttons. Samsung has moved on forward PA. Palm swipe is the fastest way period.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31757; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If you want a more customized shot, pull out the S-Pen, and smart select only what you want. Damn...Samsung, get me my Note 8 ASAP!

15. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Oh no. A conspiracy against Samsung. Wonder if PA plotted to bring down the twin towers also?

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The issue is simple. Thisnisnsuppose to be a texh site. The idea if a texh site is to explain tonusrrd of tech, best ways tonuse their phones. Yes you can use 2 buttons. But why not show both ways, in case people don't know thwir is an alternative? Because like the I said, the iPhone as an example also has tonuse a button combo. Purposy leaving out showing an alterative is blatant deception. If the iPhone had or offered alternative ways to do this, it would be talked about. Why not do it for all phones?

26. tedkord

Posts: 17509; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Dude, seriously - hire a proofreader.

41. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Thisnisnsuppose" Bruh, do you even try? Seriously...

33. afzalzainal

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Press bixby and say " print screen "

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