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  1. UKAndroid
    UKAndroid June 4, 2012 at 7:46 pm .

    We have been able to do this on the stock Samsung Galaxy Note since November last year! We can also initiate a screen cap using the stylus.

  2. Frankie
    Frankie June 6, 2012 at 10:01 am .

    Works great! Thank you!

  3. KC
    KC June 24, 2012 at 9:19 am .

    On my Slll both methods work just fine. Thank you so much. By the way that volume down button and power button at the same time method worked on my Sll after I upgraded firmware to ICS. Prior to the upgrade it was home button and power button simultaneously.

  4. Cha
    Cha June 27, 2012 at 12:44 pm .

    Heey thank you soo very much for the tips and the pics! I was able to FINALLY do my 1st screen shot on my S3! The hand motion worked like a charm and was very easy to do!

  5. Ronald
    Ronald June 27, 2012 at 10:38 pm .

    thank you! this is very informative!!! it works on my phone! 🙂 Yeeeyyyy!!!!

  6. Zulma
    Zulma June 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm .

    Worked perfect for me! Thanks a bunch!!!!

  7. Nikole Duchess Ogasawara
    Nikole Duchess Ogasawara July 3, 2012 at 9:02 am .

    Perfectly worked on my galaxy s3! Thanks a heap!!!

  8. meaky
    meaky July 6, 2012 at 10:04 am .

    Neither are working on mine :/ i have had all the galaxys not too fond of the s3 maybe i got a dud alot of things arent workin the way they should :@

  9. mike d
    mike d July 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm .

    Both ways work for me on my t-mo S3

  10. kevin
    kevin July 12, 2012 at 6:58 pm .

    For the power and home button the hand motion for screenshot must be unchecked. But I still can’t get get the hand swwipe to work. It worked once and that was it.

    1. Dee-Lightful
      Dee-Lightful July 25, 2012 at 9:42 pm .

      That’s not true I have motion enabled and I can use home screen and power you just have to hold it down until it initiates

  11. Mike
    Mike July 16, 2012 at 6:03 am .

    Samsung implemented it very badly!!!
    this feature takes pictures of applications spontaniuosly (and even the lock screen) while in my pocket.

    what were they thinking !)#*(&$)*(&!#)$*&

    1. Tim
      Tim August 15, 2012 at 11:47 am .

      Yupe, same here.
      I sometimes take it out of my pocket and have 10 screenshots of the locked screen…

      Anyway, didn’t know how it was done until I just read this. Both work for me, still not sure which one I will prefer using.

  12. Andreas W
    Andreas W July 20, 2012 at 4:56 am .

    Using a 3 Sweden branded Galaxy S3 and the home+button didn’t work. Only the gesture one. Thank you for your post!

  13. Dee-Lightful
    Dee-Lightful July 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm .

    Love it! Thanks works perfectly!

  14. Ashley
    Ashley July 26, 2012 at 7:20 pm .

    fyi – home+power works only if you are running gingerbread. Volume down+power works when you have ice cream sandwich. I believe this is true for all Samsung Android phones. I have the galaxy s2 and used home+power until I upgraded to ice cream sandwich, then had to start using volume + power. Hope that helps some of you having trouble.

    1. Laura
      Laura September 19, 2012 at 10:44 pm .

      No, the home+power works for ice cream sandwich too. That’s how I take my screen shots.

  15. rborchert
    rborchert August 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm .

    The palm swipe works on my S3 (it was enabled by default).

    Home+power just brings up the current running programs list, same as pressing and holding the home key by itself.

    Volume down+power just turns my volume down and then turns off of phone

    1. DennisL
      DennisL August 15, 2012 at 7:55 am .

      Same here, only swipe worked, other options had same results on my Dutch S3 as they did for rborchert.

      And boy, does that swipe suck..! If u wanna take a screen shot of something you have zoomed in on (like part of a site), then you get only half of the intended spot on ya pic… :s

      1. rborchert
        rborchert August 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm .

        Not sure what your problem is. The screen shot captures what is currently on the screen. So, if you have zoomed in on something, that’s what you capture.

  16. Tony
    Tony August 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm .

    Just wanted to say thanks…somehow did this on accident and your site let me actually figure it out! awesome

  17. Mark Carras
    Mark Carras August 19, 2012 at 3:41 pm .

    This is a great way to bring up the task manager, but I have yet to be able to get a screen shot using either method.

  18. Anny
    Anny September 2, 2012 at 10:01 pm .

    Thank you I learned how to do the screen shot. The instructions we’re so easy. Thanks alot.

  19. Shawn
    Shawn September 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm .

    Thanks for the post. I’ve been taking screenshots in my pocket for a week! Couldn’t figure out how to do it when I wanted too!

  20. Steve
    Steve September 21, 2012 at 9:38 am .

    The power+home buttons method only worked for me when I pressed them simultaneously. If I pressed either one first, then the other, I got the list of running apps. I can make it work consistently now.

  21. gina
    gina September 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm .

    My phone won’t do the hand slide screenshot what am I doing wrong?

  22. Tina
    Tina September 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm .

    Thanks for the help buttons worked great! Just switched from the iphone and tried it at first and didnt work lol. Is there another way to save a picture like from facebook or the web? I know on iPhone you can just hold your finger on the photo and hit save. Thanks

  23. Sherif Sharkawy
    Sherif Sharkawy October 11, 2012 at 1:49 am .

    Works perfect ( Hold home button first then press the power button ) on my Galaxy Wonder (Gingerbread 2.3.6).

  24. Adam
    Adam October 12, 2012 at 7:58 am .

    Thanks for this, went from my S1 to my S3 and the old S1 button combo (Back + Home) didn’t work any more!

  25. Rob A
    Rob A October 15, 2012 at 10:00 am .

    Definetly the side swipe is the easiest. Cant get the button method to work/

  26. Angel
    Angel October 16, 2012 at 9:14 am .

    I Love You! I have been trying to figure out how to do this for the longest!

  27. Dave
    Dave October 18, 2012 at 6:36 am .

    Yeoww… Thanks matey!!

  28. David K
    David K October 19, 2012 at 11:51 am .

    Thank you random tutorial website, you made my day!

  29. Britney
    Britney October 20, 2012 at 11:47 pm .

    Any additional advice on where to find the actual screenshot “picture” once you’ve taken it? It’s not in my photo gallery, but I do see where it confirmed a save, so I know it’s working. Thanks!

    1. Rick
      Rick October 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm .

      On my Galaxy S III it creates an album called Screenshots in the Gallery

  30. Shahril
    Shahril October 28, 2012 at 11:04 pm .

    Thanks for the info… I got this S3 phone like 3 mths back, but don’t know how to capture a screenshot… was trying to download an app but they said u got to root it (which I’m not familiar because still new to this smartphone).

    But after reading your blog, I now able to capture any screen shots that I wanted. Thanks again.

  31. marcel
    marcel October 29, 2012 at 1:56 am .

    i dont know why the palm swiping method isnt working for me. i’ve tried swiping it from left to right right to left, bottom to top, top to button, and nothing.. and i do have it activated in settings in th e motion menu…. im usin a galaxy s3 international version ics 4.0.3

  32. Aditha
    Aditha October 30, 2012 at 10:45 am .

    Joooohn…I wana give you a hug ^_^ I’ve been searching on play store but none for S3. Thank you. I will definitely read your other posts.

  33. wallis
    wallis October 30, 2012 at 11:09 am .

    Thank you!
    I was searching for apps and they were all complex (and wanted access to my info which gives me the creeps).
    Duh, palm swipe!!
    You’re a legend 🙂

  34. Christy
    Christy November 1, 2012 at 5:51 pm .

    Is there a way to do the screenshot without having the top bar in the picture? Would be nice to not see my signal and battery levels. 🙂

  35. Sanekia C
    Sanekia C November 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm .

    Thank you for this! I was very sad to think that I lost that feature from the Galaxy Nexus.

  36. sljay
    sljay November 7, 2012 at 10:50 pm .

    Thanks for the help you are a lifesaver now I’m a part of the in crowd lol. 😀

  37. Sue Cox
    Sue Cox November 9, 2012 at 9:18 am .

    I have to take a lot of screenshots for my job — QA testing smartphone apps. Home + power is so frustrating. LOVE the palm swipe. Sooo much easier! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  38. JOHN G
    JOHN G November 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm .

    Cheers for this info i knew the phone could do it as i’ve taken loads when the phones been in my pocket… Being new to samsung i had no clue…. Great help thank you 🙂

  39. amber
    amber November 22, 2012 at 4:06 am .

    Well works..thanks for helping..

  40. Brian Savoie
    Brian Savoie November 25, 2012 at 3:04 am .

    Thank you! So many free and paid apps that do this but are not as close to simple and easy *not to mention less memory and resources being used*

  41. holly
    holly November 30, 2012 at 11:34 pm .

    Very helpful and quick. Thank you

  42. Maridee
    Maridee December 2, 2012 at 11:11 am .

    Thanks for this! I would randomly see in my notifications drop down “screenshot captured” and I’d have no idea how I did it.

  43. S3
    S3 December 5, 2012 at 7:27 am .

    i have a problem please no idea why it is happening, when i take the screenshot with the volume and home key i have no problem but when i try to do it with thw palm swipe the screenshot is taken but it stays in the notification bar as “saving screenshot” and nothing else happens it stays like that saving and doesnt let me to get access to the picture or anything… like i said this is just when i use the palm swipe… whats going on please help!!

  44. anarkest
    anarkest December 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm .

    worked first time for me, 2nd method. great thanx

  45. LGuser
    LGuser December 14, 2012 at 11:31 pm .

    Both methods work great on LG Optimus LTE.

  46. sarah
    sarah December 22, 2012 at 9:45 pm .

    Thanks!! I’ve had my phone about a week and accidentally captured a few screen shots but wasn’t sure how I’d done it! 🙂

  47. lisa R
    lisa R December 28, 2012 at 4:47 pm .

    Thank you soooooo!!! i was ready to take it back and get the iphone 5.

  48. Mary
    Mary January 13, 2013 at 7:16 pm .

    Wow! thanks John
    Fabulous and it works! I love my Samsung Galaxy 3 and your excellent tips!
    Now all we need is to be able to use our phones and all our apps etc anywhere in the world without the ridiculous costs and the inconveniences of having to change sims or buy cheap phones to keep in contact or use maps!

  49. Ray C
    Ray C January 13, 2013 at 11:50 pm .

    Thank you very much. The method #2 didn’t work for me in the app I want to take screen shot. But method #1 works after a few tries. After I get hold of the method, I can do it consistently now. I suddenly feel superior as a Samsung S3 owner over the other models!

    Thank you!

  50. Marco
    Marco January 23, 2013 at 7:57 am .

    This was so simple? Just holding down two buttons?
    Sheesh… I searched so much for such a simple matter. Thanks!

  51. Glenn M
    Glenn M January 24, 2013 at 6:44 am .

    Thanks John A.. Wish I found this before I installed them garbage apps that don’t work on my S3!

  52. Alejandro
    Alejandro January 24, 2013 at 10:51 am .

    This is just awesome. I had switched over to iOS last year because of some of the features it offered, like the screen shot, but ended up not liking the iPhone at all. I finally had the chance to upgrade my phone this January and immediately sought out the S3. I tried both methods and they both work great. I mentioned it to my best friend and my sister, since they both own the S3. Extremely happy the way Android is getting better. Thanks for the tips!!

  53. Jenn R
    Jenn R January 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm .

    This was really helpful! I knew about the hand swipe but never knew how to screen cap using the buttons so now I can take screen shots whilst playing games! Thank you!

  54. Rachel
    Rachel February 2, 2013 at 10:16 am .

    Thanks so much for the help! It works great! I love the palm swipe, so simple!

  55. Julius Moltgen
    Julius Moltgen February 6, 2013 at 7:05 am .

    THANKS … the first method does not seem to work on my S3 but the second one did … I actually rooted my phone just to get a Screenshot app to work/

  56. ivan
    ivan February 8, 2013 at 10:41 am .

    Not one but two options; great; good and easy. Thanks a lot

  57. CherNZ
    CherNZ February 14, 2013 at 10:50 pm .

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! – Very cool and very happy!

  58. Lou Lange
    Lou Lange February 18, 2013 at 10:27 am .

    John – is there a way to change WHERE the screenshots are saved?

  59. tglitta
    tglitta March 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm .

    Thank you so much! I had captured a screenshot by accident before so I knew it was possible. Who knew it was so easy! Thank you 🙂

  60. ken
    ken March 5, 2013 at 8:53 am .

    Thanks for the tip! I’m probably the last person to use this feature on S3, and again better late than never ! 🙂

  61. Danielle
    Danielle March 7, 2013 at 3:15 pm .

    I can get the screen shot and it’s great! But when I try to text the image to anyone it changes to a short :05 video clip. Why does it do that? And how do I change it?

  62. Jeannie
    Jeannie March 13, 2013 at 10:14 am .

    Thank You so much! This was very helpful, I have this fancy schmancy phone because it was pretty but I really have no idea what to do with it.

  63. dar
    dar March 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm .

    Thank you and keep up the good work.

  64. Debbie
    Debbie April 11, 2013 at 12:54 pm .

    You can also do a screenshot by holding power button and home button at some time. I find this easier as I can’t also get the swipe to work.

  65. Andrea
    Andrea April 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm .

    Thank You. both worked but I prefer the swipe its alot faster and easier to do. Thank you so much you answered my question just right!! 😀 Is there any other little tricks this phone can do that I dont know about? Please let me know thanks!

  66. Patricia
    Patricia May 10, 2013 at 11:27 am .

    Awesome I finally learned something about my phone, which I’ve had for a while now.

  67. Aditha
    Aditha June 11, 2013 at 8:14 pm .

    Hi John. I hv curiousity that out of this topic. Is there any way that my S3 have same camera feature as S4? I’m talking about double-shot and pic-speak ones. Thanks n hv a great day ^^

  68. Jonathan Deller
    Jonathan Deller June 23, 2013 at 10:55 am .

    Thanks so much for this awesome tip – ten months of owning an S3 and I never knew how to do this. The palm-swipe to take a screen shot is like magic. I’m now wondering how many other things the S3 can do that I don’t know about.
    thanks again

  69. Stellar510
    Stellar510 June 25, 2013 at 4:00 am .

    Thanks John. I stopped trying to root this phone after I saw this. I am new to Samsung and had no idea this was possible.

  70. nicole
    nicole July 26, 2013 at 10:34 pm .

    Omg thank you soooooo much. This helped me perfectly♥

  71. Betsy
    Betsy August 15, 2013 at 4:54 pm .

    Thanks John. I just got my Galaxy 3 today and tried this and it worked like a charm!!! Awesome 🙂

  72. Adil
    Adil September 12, 2013 at 9:49 am .

    Thank you, John. I had no clue you could take a screenshot holding those two buttons. 🙂

  73. Van Prego
    Van Prego September 17, 2013 at 6:15 am .

    woawwwww !!!

    Its works perfect .. As its features , swiping the side of hand from left to right or vice versa. Honestly . Thanks a lot !!

    i’m having hard times downloading the no root screenshot. but it rooted my phones completely … thank you ..

  74. Donna
    Donna September 24, 2013 at 11:19 pm .

    Thanks so much. I have had my S3 since June of 2012, and knew about the palm swipe to screen shot, but that doesn’t work in all of my apps. I had kind of given up, and my husband suggested I google to find out another way. While some people may feel the information is elementary or not needed because they figured it out a while ago, there will always be someone who hasn’t yet. I appreciate you having it available. I know there is a lot more my phone can do that I have not tapped into yet.

  75. Topsail
    Topsail October 9, 2013 at 7:43 am .

    Funny thing about the palm swipe, I can do it just fine in the tutorial, but for the life of me cannot get it to work outside the tutorial. But I have no problem with the home and power button! Thanks for the button tip and getting me on my way snagging stills from video! It works great!

  76. Hussein
    Hussein October 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm .

    So appreciate
    It works !!
    Thanks man 🙂

  77. Merav
    Merav November 2, 2013 at 7:09 am .

    Wow!! This hand motion is so cool. Apparently it was already activated on my phone, and after no success with the buttons thing, just tried to move my palm (worked in any direction) and… tadaaam…
    Thanks a lot. It’s so useful!

  78. Laurie
    Laurie November 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm .

    This is cool, as I saw someone post the weather on face book. I thought that is good, but how do you do it?
    Well I found your article when I googled it. Both ways work a treat.
    PS. I have an S3.
    One question for you….Can you recommend a good app for tethering
    from my S3 to an android tablet i.e. Samsung or Nexus?


  79. Stephen
    Stephen November 27, 2013 at 9:13 am .

    Hey there. I have a Galaxy S3, but cannot get either method to work for me.

    Is there something perhaps that I have done in Settings that may be preventing me from taking screenshots?

    When I use the Power/Home button method… phone asks if I want to turn off, Restart, or Airplane mode

    When I use the hand-swipe method, nothing happens?

    any suggestions?

  80. RayG
    RayG March 3, 2014 at 2:20 pm .

    Method 2 worked for me on my S3.


  81. sivani
    sivani May 18, 2014 at 12:41 pm .

    Informative tutorial john. thank you!!! How do you take a screenshot without the top menu bar showing? It ruins all of my pictures!

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