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How to take a screenshot on any Samsung Galaxy tablet

While Apple’s iPad often seems like the only game in town where tablets are concerned, don’t sleep on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab series. With a range of tablets across a number of price points, Samsung’s tablets are powerful, sleek, and great ways to watch Netflix, play games, or whatever else you need a high-tech tea tray for.

At some point, you’re going to want to share with someone else something on your screen. Whether it’s a particular gaming moment, a funny meme, or a rather alarming error message, you’re going to need to know how to screenshot. Here’s our guide on how to screenshot on any Samsung Galaxy Tab.

How to take a screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet

The latest Samsung Tab models (though probably not for much longer, as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 is apparently on the way) are fantastic tablets. But if you’re coming from an older tablet, you might be wondering how you take screenshots now the Home button has been removed. Thankfully, it’s still easy to take screenshots.

These instructions apply to the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 range (including the Tab S7 FE), the Galaxy Tab S6 range, Galaxy Tab S5e, the Galaxy Tab S4 running Android 10, and the Galaxy Tab S3.

Step 1: Navigate to the screen you’re wanting to take a screenshot of.

Step 2: Press the Power and Volume Down keys at the same time to take a full-screen screenshot.

How to take a screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet with an S Pen

Pushing buttons isn’t the only way to take a screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet. If your tablet has support for Samsung’s S Pen stylus, then you can use that to take a screenshot too. This is especially useful when you want to take a screenshot of a specific part of your tablet, since you can just highlight the part of the screen you want to screenshot and leave everything else out.

Step 1: Using your S Pen, open the Air Commands Shortcuts menu. It’s the small pen icon, usually to right-hand side of the screen. If it isn’t showing, tap your screen with your S Pen to trigger it.

The main menu of Knights of the Old Republic, showing where the S Pen Command menu can be found, highlighted in red.

Step 2: Tap Smart Select.

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Step 3: Use your S Pen to tap and drag the selection box over your screenshot area.

Step 4: Tap the Save Image button on the right side of the menu to save your screenshot.

A selective screenshot of the menu screen of Knights of the Old Republic.

How to take a screenshot using a gesture

If three methods weren’t enough for you, there is actually another way to capture a screenshot on your Samsung tablet. Dating back to a time before gesture controls were cool, Samsung’s devices come with a series of gestures that can be used to perform certain actions. One of these is swiping a palm across the screen to take a screenshot.

Step 1: First, make sure you have the feature turned on. Go to Settings > Advanced Features > Motions and Gestures. Then make sure Palm Swipe to Capture is on (the switch is blue).

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Step 2: Then, place the edge of your hand on one edge of the screen and swipe it across. If done correctly, a screenshot will be taken.

It may take a little practice to get right, but once mastered, you can swipe from the right to the left or the left to the right. Unfortunately, swiping up and down doesn’t work.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 being held in two hands.

How to take a screenshot on an older Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet with a Home button

Tablets generally last a lot longer than smartphones, so it’s entirely possible you might still have a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 from 2017 still knocking about. If that’s the case, then taking a screenshot with that device is slightly different from newer devices.

Step 1: Go to whichever screen you want to take a screenshot of.

Step 2: Press the Power and Home Button at the same time to take a screenshot.

Where you can find your screenshots on a Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Where can you find your screenshots?

Of course, you need to find your screenshots once you’ve actually taken them. Thankfully, they’re easily found. Just go to your Gallery app, then tap Albums > Screenshots. From here, you can edit or share your screenshots to your heart’s content. Or, if you need the storage space, you can delete them too.

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