How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S8

Even in space, you might need to take a screenshot. Hold down the power key and the volume down to do it

Even in space, you might need to take a screenshot. Hold down the power key and the volume down to do it


The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are two of the highest-profile phones of 2017, but you know what's missing on both? That's right, none of these two phones has the signature Samsung physical home key. Instead, you get an on-screen button that simulates a taptic press via a smart vibration engine.

And while previously, you had to simultaneously press and hold for a while the home key and power/lock key, the key combination to take a screenshot has changed on the Galaxy S8 series.

Screenshot options on the Galaxy S8

Screenshot options on the Galaxy S8

You take a screenshot on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ by simultaneously pressing the power / lock key (on the right hand side) and the volume down button (on the left). Hold them for a second and you will see the screen flash and a preview of the screen grab appears.

There you will see three neat options. The first one is a scrolling screenshot: tap on that button and the phone will scroll once and automatically stitch the two images in one super long and tall screen grab. This is particularly useful for long lists, webpages or what else have you. The second cool option is the possibility to crop a screenshot. 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. This is super useful and very nice if you don't want to have that extra info in your screenshot. 

Last but not least, you can draw on top of a screenshot and annotate it, which is also nice if you want to highlight a specific part. And this is how you take a screenshot on the Galaxy S8 series.


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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)

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31 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I love how Samsung integrated several S-Pen features into the S8/Plus, without the need for an actual S-Pen. Kudos on that to Samsung. Mine ships on the 18th, and I cannot wait.

7. thxultra

Posts: 440; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Ya lots of great hidden features with this phone. Excited to get mine also. I really like that I can choose which sounds to play over bluetooth also so I can avoid having message notifications go over the bluetooth speaker. Where did you order your phone from that you know it ships on the 18th?

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

AT$T. I keep checking the myAT&T app. First it said the 19th-20th, now it says the 18th. Can't wait, love my tech.

11. thxultra

Posts: 440; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Ya I keep checking T-mobile also. I think mine says the 20th or 21st it ships but in the past T-mobile has shipped early so hoping they surprise me. Really excited to check this phone out.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You'll end up getting yours before I will. Tmo is excellent at early shipping.

20. thxultra

Posts: 440; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Still showing the 20th or 21st today but they have been known to surprise me. They really shipped my S& edge early last year... Keeping my fingers crossed. Already ordered a case off Amazon for it :)

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Originally I had pre-ordered 2 S8+ with T-Mobile. But I called back to cancel one and switch it to the S8 because my wife after she stopped at a T store near my house and she said the S8+ was too big. The rep I spoke said they are planning to ship the phone 2 days before the 21st retail availability date and that I could get by phone early or right on the 21st.

15. southernzombie

Posts: 352; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I suspect I'll be waiting until the actual release date before I get mine from Verizon. I really hate that they are the best option for coverage where I live. AT&T is a close second but still not the same quality as Verizon here.

16. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

What phone do you have now?

19. southernzombie

Posts: 352; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I have a Note 5 right now.

25. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

You can trade in your note and get a deal

26. southernzombie

Posts: 352; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Yeah, My note 5 is actually my "work phone" it technically belongs to the company. So I'm getting myself the s8+ so I don't have to worry about turning it a phone should I leave my job for something else.

17. Bankz

Posts: 2491; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Hmm, congrats on your purchase. Although i noticed u always say u ain't gonna get so and so phone, but u somehow still end up getting it anyway. Guess u couldnt resist. As for your comment, i wonder if this negates the need for a note phone tbh and most importantly if samsung will indeed even release another note phone.

29. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

people can talk s**t about touchwiz but it's packed with features.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Power menu should have screenshot options too.

9. geordie8t1

Posts: 278; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

the bixby button can be remapped, do you reckon it can be remapped to take screenshots?

28. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Its possible, but a screenshot button is the least priority. A camera button should be good.

3. 23nikki1 unregistered

Palm swipe to screenshot is a good option too. I use it often

4. mikehunta727 unregistered

Word I love that

6. Razrman

Posts: 100; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Yep, my preferred method.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

And has been on the Galaxy for at least 5 years. Yet PA shows the most stupid way to do so.

5. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Deffo my fave method I prefer palm swiping instead of awkwardly holding down 2 buttons.

10. twens

Posts: 1165; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Me too

12. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3092; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Next article : how to blow your nose. Come on PA, really?

13. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

This is good to know about

18. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Palm Swipe rules above all the screen-grabbing methods.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Exactly. PA trying to take us back to the stone age of smartphone when screenshot required 2 buttons. Palm swipe for the win. Now to be fair, there are times when palm swipe doesn't work and the manual way comes in handy...like if your hands are sweaty or wet.

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

PA that is not how you take screenshot on a Galaxy. You simply swipe your hand over the screen and it will screenshot. This has been true of the Galaxy S since the S4 at the least and the Note since at least the Note 2. How does a tech site give bad instructions on such a simple task. This is not an iPhone PA. Samsung make sit easier to take screen shots. You guys are stupid and seriously dont qualify as a technical person, just like most of the fools who come here and post.

30. pendragon0202

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Yeah palm swipe has been the easier method to capture screens for Galaxy phones for a long time. It also gives you some feeling of old school Xerox copy machine feeling too.

27. Samclark

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

What about palm swipe? The signature samsung screenshot.

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