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How to Take Screenshots on Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Taking a screenshot on a huge phablet such as the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has never been this easy. With new tweaks to TouchWiz and a better S-Pen, you can save your screen without much hassle. Samsung this time around tweaked with the normal screenshot capabilities, introducing a one off feature where you can save long screenshots for scroll-able pages. This comes in handy when you want to share an article, capture a long list or do anything that requires a lot of screen real estate. You should read our detailed guide below in order to know the different ways you can take a screenshot and get more information on the scroll-able one.

Most of you Samsung users upgrading to this Android device might already know the procedure but for those who have just moved on from stock Android or any other phone would find the procedure slightly different. And just to add, the Galaxy Note series adds exclusive ways to access the screen capture feature where you do not even have to use any buttons — we’ll get to that trick below in the post.


Like we mentioned earlier, there are a number of ways to take a screenshot on Samsung phones. You can take screenshots by:

  • Hardware buttons
  • Palm swipe gesture
  • S-Pen method

All of these methods are to make the whole process easy. Pick the one you find the simplest and has less of a hassle.

1. How To Take Screenshot Using Hardware Buttons:

This one is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to take a screenshot on your Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Just follow these quick steps to take one right now:

Step 1 – Open the application/screen which you want to take a screenshot of.

Step 2 – Now press and hold the Power and Home buttons together.

Step 3 – You will see a quick animation and hear a feedback sound that will show that a screenshot was just taken.

Easy, eh? Next, we have the cool palm swipe gesture that is even faster to quickly take a screenshot on your phone.

2. How to Take Screenshots with Palm-Swipe Gesture:

This feature has been included in almost all of the latest Samsung TouchWiz phones (i.e. Android phones from Samsung that are not more than 2 years old). In order to enable the feature and use it, we have compiled detailed steps below:

Step 1 – You need to activate the gesture itself before you can actually use it. In order to do so, go into the Settings app and select the Motion menu.

Step 2 – From the Motion menu, find out Hand Motions and then check the Palm Swipe to capture check-box.

Step 3 – Close the settings app, head to the screen which you want to capture.

Step 4 – Here is the fun part — now shape your hand like a knife (your thumb facing up) and swipe across the screen horizontally from either side, edge to edge. If you do it correctly, a swipe animation will trigger and it will save the screenshot.

3. Taking Screenshots using S-Pen on Samsung Galaxy Note 5:

S-Pen is a supporting stylus that comes with the Samsung Galaxy Note series only. It enables you to do a whole lot more with greater precision than your finger — writing, drawing, taking notes etc. One of the handy features include taking a screenshot anywhere and whichever portion of the screen you like.

Here is how you can do it:

Step 1 – Pull out your S Pen. You will see the Air Command menu on the screen, as shown in the screenshot above. Air Command itself gets activated when you pull out your S Pen or when you hover on the screen and click the S-Pen button.

Step 2 – Select “Screen write” and that should instantly take a screenshot of whatever is opened on your screen.

Step 3 – You can now crop, edit, scribble, draw or mark anything on that screenshot and easily share it on Facebook, Twitter or by email.

How To Take A Scroll-Able Screenshot?

Step 1 – Use the Screen Write method, detailed above, to take a screenshot.

Step 2 – Once you take the initial screenshot, options will be displayed to edit the photo. Tap on “Scroll Capture” placed in the bottom left corner.

Step 3 – The screen will automatically scroll and save the new screen displayed.

Step 4 – If you want to include more pages, click on “Capture more” otherwise tap on “Done” to save the screen captures in one photo.

— How to Find Saved Screenshots?

If’s very easy to find them. You can go to the Gallery app and look for the Screenshots folder/album. Or manually, you can go to the Pictures > Screenshots folder in your phone memory and check all the screenshots you have taken so far.

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Taimur Akmal

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1 Comment

  • You can no longer crop after a screenshot using air command. The option is no longer there like it was on the Note 4. Do you know an easier way to bring this option back rather than to edit the screenshot through a second app just so you can crop what you need. Smart select is cumbersome and it’s not easy to adjust what you mean to crop or part of the screen you mean to snap an image of.

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