How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is on store shelves with tons of complex features, but for those who are new to Samsung's corner of the Android universe, even some basic tasks can be a challenge. One of the simplest things you might want to do on the Galaxy S5 is to take a screenshot of the display - be it to share a hilarious auto-correct mishap, a funny part of a webpage, or a memorable moment in a game. How do you do this?

Just hold the 'Home' button (the big rectangular physical key below the display), and while holding it, click the power/lock key on the right. The screen will flash for a fraction of a second, indicating that it has stored the screenshot. You can then access the picture of your screen in the Gallery app, under the Screenshots folder.

It's a simple trick that can be useful in many situations, and it actually works on all recent Samsung Android devices - the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, and others. While other, non-Samsung devices might not capture screenshots in the same way, you should keep in mind that Samsung has been using it all along - chances are that even on a future Samsung Galaxy S6 you could take a screenshot that way.

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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18 Comments

1. INCOMPARABLE

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

He He it was simple

2. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Why didn't you involve the feature to swipe with your hand over the display to take a pic?

14. tenho1982

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I think they are telling the difference between: 1. WHILE holding the Home button, CLICK the Power button (GS5) and 2. Hold the Home and Power button AT THE SAME TIME for a second (traditional way). On previous GSs if you hold the Home button it will show the multi task screen, on the GS5 there is a dedicated touch button for multitask screen on the left of the Home button. The first is easier to be successful. Anyway, they should have mentioned the swipe the screen with your palm to take screenshot as that is really useful and easy.

3. baldilocks

Posts: 1489; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

This has been a feature of Touchwiz since the Galaxy S2.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Knowing Samsung it's probably buried in a confusing mass of buttons and toggle switches.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Nope. Found the option after three seconds of exploring the settings app. Maybe next time your troll comment will apply.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well it would be a trolling comment except Samsung's way of handling the menu and options screen drew criticism from several reviews.

4. sid8911

Posts: 54; Member since: May 29, 2010

6. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Sounds familiar.

8. jibraihimi

Posts: 801; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

I think easiest way to take screen shots are in oppo's color rom, three finger swipe up, and screen shots are taken, no use of any hardware keys....

10. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

You do know Samsung phones also have the swipe to capture screenshot don't you??

11. LuckyS

Posts: 154; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Or just install xposed framework and gravity box.

12. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Who cares ?, hey phonearena why u didnt say htc one m8 or z2, g3 ?

15. wilsong17 unregistered

nobody cares? waiting for the note 4

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You don't know how to do screen capture for m8, z2 and g3? I know how to take screen capture on every phone I ever own.

13. redmd

Posts: 1917; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

IF the S5 has Assistant Menu, enable it then press Capture Screen.

16. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Directions were too confusing, I got my head stuck in the ceiling fan.

18. Landam

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 10, 2014

You can directly edit or even share the captured screenshots from the notification panel. You can even enable option to directly edit the screenshot, when you have taken the screenshot.

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