If you’re new to using the Samsung Galaxy A12, or Samsung phones in general, you may be wondering how to take screenshots. Fortunately, it’s quite easy to do and takes about no work at all.
I’m a daily user of a Samsung phone myself. I’ve picked up a number of tips and tricks over this time, including different ways to take a screenshot on a Samsung device.
This article will show you the quickest way to do that, as well as alternative methods you might find useful.
Let’s get started!
This is the fastest and easiest method, and most users can get by with only using this one. As the name suggests, the only step involves the volume buttons and the power button which are located on the side of the phone.
It doesn’t take much work, either. Because of this, it’s become the most common method by far.
You’ll want to look for the power button and the volume buttons on the side of your phone, and press down on the power and volume down button at the same time.
The screen will flash to show that the screenshot was taken, and from there, you can let go of the buttons. After the screenshot is taken, you can choose whether you just want to save the picture, crop it, or share it.
If you want to find the screenshot again after you’ve saved it, you just have to open the gallery app and head to the recent section.
Let’s say you don’t want to use the first method for some reason, or maybe one of the required buttons is broken. Fortunately, there is a different way to do it.
This one uses the assistant menu, which you’ll need to turn on through the settings page. To enable the assistant menu, you have to open Settings and go to Accessibility > Interaction and dexterity.
This screen will have the option to enable the accessibility menu. Once you turn it on, you can swipe up with two fingers from the bottom of the screen to access the menu.
The menu includes the option to take a screenshot, with no extra buttons required. Just like the other method, the screen will flash to show the screenshot that was taken.
3. Palm Swipe to Capture
It’s also possible to take a screenshot using a gesture. Like with the second option, you’ll have to enable this one in the settings before using it.
In the Settings menu, head to Advanced features > Motions and gestures. Once you’re there, turn on Palm swipe to capture.
Once the option is enabled, you can take a screenshot by swiping your hand from one edge of the screen to the other. Unlike with the other methods where the screen will flash, your phone will vibrate when you take a screenshot using this method.
4. Using Voice Commands
Voice commands provide a lesser-known but still viable way of taking screenshots.
If you have Google Assistant turned on, all you have to do is say:
“OK Google, take a screenshot.”
Note that screenshots taken using Assistant will appear slightly different than ones taken with the other methods. Specifically, the menu bar and navigation buttons are cropped out.
5. Taking Screenshots with Downloadable Apps
If you don’t feel like using any of the methods listed above, there are also many apps that allow you to take screenshots. Some may even let you record your screen without having to switch to a different app.
A simple search of the term “screenshot” in the Play store will come back with dozens of options.
We can’t put together a list of steps here on using them, because each one works differently. Just make sure that you read the description and check out the reviews before downloading, to be certain that you’re getting what you’re looking for.
Whether you’re sharing something to Facebook or Twitter, or saving something so you can look back on it another time, taking screenshots is a useful skill.
Which one of these methods do you use? Are there any that we should have included? Be sure to let us know in the comments section.