On Samsung Galaxy Note 4, how do you take a screenshot?

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Here’s a quick and handy tip for anyone considering purchasing the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or its curved-screen sister, the Galaxy Note Edge. In Galaxy S and Galaxy Note devices, you can snap a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 4 by pressing a button combination, swiping across the screen, or using the S Pen pen.

Things are pretty much the same for seasoned Samsung users as they were previously. However, if you’re switching from an iPhone or another device, it’s good to brush up on the fundamentals.

Making use of the home and power buttons

This is the most straightforward approach for taking a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 4, and it’s the method you’ll use on most Samsung Galaxy phones. The precise button combination is the same as Apple’s iPhone, although the buttons are arranged somewhat differently.

  1. Prepare the screen you want to capture.
  2. Pressed and hold the home button and power button simultaneously to save the image on the screen.
  3. The outside of the screen will briefly flash, accompanied by a shutter sound, to indicate that your screenshot has been captured.

After that, you’ll be able to see your screenshots in the Gallery app or Samsung’s built-in “My Files” file browser. You may also share it with other apps directly by clicking the Share button in the screenshot notice.

If it still doesn’t work, make sure you’re pressing the home and power buttons simultaneously.

The swipe-across technique

This is essentially a gesture shortcut to the first technique of screenshot capture. Tilt your hand to the side, thumb up, and swipe across the screen from edge to edge. (Either direction will suffice.) The same animation and sound effect will notify you that your Galaxy Note 4 has taken a screenshot.

If you don’t want to utilize this screenshot gesture, or if you find yourself accidentally triggering it while navigating the Galaxy Note 4’s massive display, you can disable it in the Settings app’s “Motion and gestures” option.

Screenshot of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 using the S Pen and Screen Write

If you wish to capture a screenshot on your Galaxy Note 4 and then annotate or edit it later, use the S Pen, and the “Screen Write” option from the Air Command menu.

  1. Unlock your Galaxy Note 4’s S Pen. (If the Air Command menu wheel does not show instantly, hover over the screen and hit the S Pen button.)
  2. Select “Screen Write” from the Air Command menu with the S Pen, as shown in the image above.
  3. The S Pen on your Galaxy Note 4 will capture an image of whatever is on-screen; you are allowed to draw or write on top of it.

You can also use the Air Command wheel to clip out certain screen areas to share with other apps and services.

Once you’ve taken a screenshot of the Galaxy Note 4, you can easily share it on Facebook, Twitter, email, or Google+ – or anyplace else, for that matter. Search for the share button in the screenshot notification or the Screen Write feature.

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