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How to Take Screenshots on Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)

Samsung’s first 2016 phone release brings in a renewed and rethought Galaxy A series of smartphones, including the new Galaxy A3 (2016). This post will be on showing you how to take screenshots on your new phone. The new Galaxy A3 (2013) comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and not 6.0 Marshmallow which is a minor disappointment, to say the least. However, we think it will get updated soon. Focusing on screenshots, it has become a feature that everyone directly or indirectly uses. Whether it is showing a funny Instagram post or representing statistics, screenshots have become one of the best sources of communicating information. The new Galaxy A3 (2016) comes with traditional TouchWiz which means there will be multiple ways of taking a screenshot.  Right below, we have included all of the different methods you can utilize in order to take a screenshot on the new Galaxy A3 (2016). It is encouraged that all new users read this guide as it serves a good starting point for unlocking your new experience. Below you will find helpful links and a detailed tutorial for how to take screenshots on Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016).

As mentioned  on previous posts, Samsung wants similarity for it’s users, so if you are a loyal Samsung customer taking screenshots will be very easy. However, some latest features on phones like the Galaxy A3 (2016) need to be activated before using them. When you do, you would never go back to pushing buttons for a screenshot ever again. We will be covering both in detail right below!


There are two methods that you can follow in order to take a screenshot on Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016). You can take screenshots by:

  • Hardware buttons
  • Palm swipe gesture

Both 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 A3 (2016). 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). This feature is usually enabled by default, but in case it does not work — here is how to enable the feature and use it:

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.

— 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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