Taking screenshots on a smartphone is more common than you might think. Mostly for social sharing reasons.
Scenario number 1:
PROBLEM: Facebook does not allow users to download photos from their mobile app. How do you save the Facebook photos onto your phone or share the photos directly in WhatsApp or email?
SOLUTION: Take a screenshot and send it off to your friends! You can even use the simple photo editing function on your Galaxy S4 to crop the image to keep what you want on that screenshot as a photo.
Scenario number 2:
You’re having a “LoL” or “OMG” moment on WhatsApp, what should you do?
Take a screenshot of course! Then blast it off to your friends or Tweet it.
Scenario number 3:
You just received a hot/awesome/confusing/incriminating photo on SnapChat. But you only have 10 seconds to see it. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you knew how to save a picture from SnapChat?
Well guess what, act quick and screenshot it!
How to Take Screenshot From Galaxy S4
There are generally two simple ways to take a screenshot on your Galaxy S4.
Method #1: Hold Power/Home
- Turn to the screen you want take the screenshot
- HOLD the POWER button on the right and the HOME button at the bottom at the same time.
Method #2: Swipe Palm to Capture
- Make sure your have the Swipe Palm to Capture setting active. To turn on the function, go to:
- My Device tab
- Motions and gestures (under Input and control)
- Palm Motion
- Turn ON Capture Screen
- Turn to the screen you want to capture the screenshot
- Slowly swipe your palm across your screen (left-to-right or right-to-left both works), make sure to tap your palm lightly on the screen as you swipe over, might takes some practice to get used to this function.
Retrieve the Screenshot
With either method, immediately after you execute the function, you should
- see a flash of white bracket frame around your screen
- feel your phone vibrate for a quick second
- see a prompt “saving screenshot…” flashing at the top
That confirms the screenshot has been taken. You will find the screenshot image in your photo gallery with its own folder labeled “Screenshots.”
Method 1 should be the best way to go for most people. The swipe palm to capture function seems to be more of a fancy gimmick and not very practical (or even easy to use). What to you think?