How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 edge

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are the two hottest new Android flagships that will take on the Apple iPhone 6 as well as other upcoming top-level flagship phones from HTC, LG, Sony, and a growing number of Chinese companies like Xiaomi, amongst others. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge have a beautiful screen on their side, with lots of new customization options coming via ways of themes that change the icons, wallpapers, font, and the overall appearance of the phone

But how do you capture the unique appearance of your Galaxy S6 to share with the world? Taking a screenshot with the Galaxy S6 can be used if you want to share your homescreen, an interesting part of a webpage or a map, a notable moment in a game, and much more. 

So how do you take a screenshot on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge?

Luckily, it's all very simple: just simultaneously press the big round home key up front and the power/lock key on the side. You'll hear a short click, and then a zippy animation will show the screengrab flying off the display. The screenshot will then appear in your notification dropdown and it will be automatically saved into the gallery app where you can see it, edit it, and share it. It's all as simple as that!

Related phones

Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)



1. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Or just swipe your palm.

2. Heisenberg

Posts: 377; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Why this? It used to be swiping on the screen.

3. maherk

Posts: 6933; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You still have both options, like every other galaxy phone.

4. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Seems that it isnt everything in TW everyone knows about excist (Too bad its also some tech writers)....

19. LarsS

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

You can still swipe. You can choose between using buttons or your hand:

5. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i clicked on this link because i thought sammy changed it. It's been like this for how long? 2: who wrote this? write 250 words just to say something so simple

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Same here.

10. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Same reason why i followed this link - AAANND he even forgot about the second option via swype your palm to make screenshot - which is my favourite option - more comfortable to do as this clunky button pressing. How can tech writer even forget about this? Swype your palm is just another part of the "bloated" touchwizz feature that people might not know because article like this forgot to mention.

6. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

I just want to know if the S6 edge has warranty on broken front glass like in India in the rest of the world, please make it happen Sam

7. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Same as before (my S2 included). Swiping your palm is your second option.

9. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

Wasn't that available on Cupcake years ago? Why are we still talking about taking screenshots?

11. TheAsh

Posts: 43; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I never liked swiping the palm. It was good to show others but practically crap.

12. smooth4lyfe

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

I actually preferred using the swiping method over the other one. So much quicker and faster

14. TheAsh

Posts: 43; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Even I used to think that swiping capture is faster but when I need to capture some launcher's transition animation I never could get it through swiping. I had to use other way on my S3. Well. It's a personal preference.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So swiping your palm is crap compared to trying to press 2 buttons and awkwardly holding the phone to press 2 buttons? I bet you like doing stuff twice too, don't you? When you go to the bathroom, do you stand use, wash hands, then sit for #2? I mean, since you like doing things the hard way.

13. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

This article is only for SEO and getting traffic.

15. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014


16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Stop applying the iPhone way of taking screenshots. That's the old half-assed way. The new and improved way is to just swipe your hand over the display from left to right or right to left. Very simple very easy vs trying to press 2 buttons. You can tell PA writers are just iPhone geeks, they don't even know how to use a Galaxy device. The palm swipe to snap pictures has been on Galaxy phones ice the Galaxy S3. Here we are 3 years later and they still don't know this simple gesture?

18. bloodcool

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Swiping across the screen may not always capture the screen as intended, because it might bring down the notification screen (if you are using landscape) or the app that is currently active might react to the swiping gesture and shift the screen. Having this is presenting an alternative and there could be people who may not be aware because in TW tutorial, it is the swiping option that's presented.

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