For those who are picking up the Galaxy S9 or S9+, don’t worry, the process of taking a screenshot is as easy as ever. While you can still use the default method of using a combination of the power and volume buttons, Samsung offers other means of capturing the content on your screen…
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Steps to taking a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+
- Power and volume buttons
- Google Assistant
- Palm swipe
- Scrollable screenshots
1. Power and volume buttons
Locate content that you wish to capture. Next, press and hold down on the phone’s power and volume down buttons for roughly a second. Keeping holding the buttons until you hear a shutter sound and see a flash on the screen.
2. Google Assistant
Despite Samsung including its smart assistant Bixby on the S9 and S9+, you still have full access to Google Assistant. This include’s Assistant’s ability to take screenshots.
Just find the content you wish to capture and then either long press the Home button or say “Ok/Hey Google” to launch Assistant. From there, you can either say “Take a screenshot” or type the command in with your keyboard. Assistant will handle the rest.
If you wish, you can also take a screenshot using Bixby. To do this, locate the content you wish to capture and then either long press on the Bixby button right below the volume button to launch Bixby Voice or say “Hi Bixby.” Next, just tell Bixby to “Take a screenshot.”
Tip: You have to train Bixby Voice to recognize you before you can launch it with “Hi Bixby.” To do this, go to Bixby home> Settings> Voice wake-up.
4. Palm swipe
In a previous generation Galaxy device, Samsung added slightly-weird gestures that can be used to achieve tasks. One of these was the ability to take a screenshot by merely swiping your palm across the phone’s screen.
To turn this feature on, go to Settings > Advanced features > toggle on Palm swipe to capture at the bottom of the list.
Next, after finding the content you wish to capture, use the edge of your hand and swipe it across your Galaxy S9 or S9+ from left to right or right to left. This isn’t a perfect system so it might take multiple attempts to get it to work.
5. Scrollable screenshots
Once you’ve taken a screenshot with one of the above methods, there should be a list of options at the bottom of your screen right after the image was captured. One of these options, called Scroll Capture, allows you to take screenshots of content below your original image.
When you use Scroll Capture, the phone will automatically scroll down, take another screenshot, and then stitch it together with the previous image. From there, you can continue taking screenshots or exit the option.
If you don’t see this option, you’re going to have to enable it. To do this, head to Settings > Advanced features > toggle on Smart Capture.
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