Galaxy S5 screenshot

How to screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S5.

In this tutorial we will show you how to take a screenshot on the Galaxy S5 smartphone from Samsung.

Not that long ago the ability to do a screen capture on a phone was nothing short of a dream for cell phone enthusiasts like myself. Luckily things have changed for the better in the last few years. Things we could previously only do with our computers is now something we take for granted on our phones. Unfortunately our phones does not have a dedicated button for this feature like we do on our computers.

None the less this is something that can be easily achieved once I show you how to do it. Most smartphones of today has the ability to do this. Samsung has actually made a second way of doing it. Let me show you both ways of doing it.

How to screenshot on the Galaxy S5.

How to screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Press the Power button and home button at the same time.

  1. Press and hold the power button and the home button at the same time.
  2. Keep them pressed for about a second or two until your phone flashes and tells you the screenshot has been saved.
  3. Found what you were looking for ? why not

If for some reason you are having a hard time getting it right I will now show you the second way of doing it. This way can be very helpful if you have your phone in a case or cover since they can partly obscure access to the power button in particular.

How to screenshot on the Galaxy S5 by swiping your screen.

How to screenshot on the Galaxy S5

Swipe your hand across the screen to do a print screen.

  1. Put the side of your palm on the screen so that it covers the entire screen from top to bottom.
  2. Swipe your hand to the other side without lifting it.
  3. If you got it right your phone will let you know by flashing your screen and saying that a screenshot has been saved.

Where is the screenshot saved.

Now that you have mastered the art of doing screenshots on your smartphone you may wonder where did it go ? Finding your newly made screen dump is an easy enough task once you know where it got stored.

Head on over to your gallery. Once there you will see that a brand new folder named screenshots has been created. Open this folder to check out you new image.

From there you can do with it anything you could do with a regular picture taken with the camera. If you took this picture to brag to your buddies about something amazing you just did, you can send it via MMS, email or share it directly on your social media channel of choice. One of the things that sets the Android Os apart from its main competitor is the ability to share images directly from your gallery this way. You could even start editing the image right then and there. No need to manually open any editing software, Your Galaxy S5 will open it for you if you choose the edit image option from the gallery.

I have updated this tutorial with a video to make things easier for those who prefer them to the written word.


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About Bertil Hansen
I am the owner and main contributor to this website. Throughout the years I've owned an embarrassing number of Android phones. Too many to mention in fact. Lets just say it started with the HTC legend and I'm now on the Galaxy Note 4.

25 thoughts on “Galaxy S5 screenshot

  1. hi! I’ve a problem, if I do it, in ever app, this operation generate an popup error like: “the promp setting user is stopped” and I’ve to reboot the phone..
    This popup will appair if using Home+Power, swipe on screen or using the louncher in 6.0.1
    how I’ve to fix it?

  2. I just want to know how it works?! What makes the phone take a screen shot by a wiping your hand. What triggers it?

    • Who knows but it did work! I could not get it to work the first way because of the cover but the second way worked just great! I’ve been taking screen shots from my IPad because I found I could not get it to work on my smart phone until now!

  3. I took 99 screen shots. 1-31 is missing. How can I retrieve the missing shots. Also all my photos from my trip went missing. Wht?

  4. Is there a way to take a screenshot with one button without trying to do these gymnastics with both hands? Is there a way to do it with the active key? Because taking screenshots like this is unbearable.

  5. Thanks alot i really wanted to know that.specially for the two ways that you mentioned.

  6. Thank for telling Samsung Galaxy screenshot

  7. Vance VanKirk says:

    S5. You have to turn “OFF” the (one hand operation) for the home button and power button to work for the screen shot.

    • I have both running at the same time. I don’t need to turn anything off. Bonk.

    • I can do the swipe to take a screen shot, but it will not take one using the buttons. I’ve had the S3 before, and it worked on that one.

      One hand operation has been off.

    • Yea, mine wouldn’t work either without turning “OFF” the (one hand operation)!

  8. this is awesome, worked exactly as you said! I’ve been jealous of my daughters apple phone screenshot feature and now I have one to beat it!

  9. Knew I should be able to screen shot with two-button method however until I re-read step two of your post: “…for about a second or two …” I just couldn’t get it.
    Also, the reason I was having trouble originally is because I purchased the Lifeproof cover for my device the day I bought it and cannot get the power button to work properly. So, the second way will be the way that I can complete this action anyway.
    Thank you!

  10. Claire O'Brien says:

    I have a Samsung galaxy s5900 and I and still having trouble taking screen shots pls help me

  11. been using the swipe method since day 1.. but ever since I’ve gotten the ‘tough amour’ by spigen, swipe for screenshot doesn’t work 99% of the time (I counted..seriously)

  12. Power and home key method worked for me. Nice to have two ways.

  13. Hi. Didn’t work for my Galaxy (g906k). Had to stick with the palm swipe for now…Using the two key would be nice though…

  14. The two button way doesn’t work! SGS5.

    • I suggest you give it one more try. This method has been tested and proved to be working time and time again by myself and thousands of others. Please make sure you press them simultaneously and that you keep them pressed until you phone gives you feedback that the screenshot has been made. Hope this helps.

      • I have found the 2 button method does not work on something which uses multiple windows, I am forced to swipe on those but 2 button works on anything full screen non windows mode.

    • Same for me. I’ve used the buttons before on my S3 but can NOT get it to work on the S5. :(

  15. Thanks a lot!!! works like a charm!

  16. Hankthetank says:

    Do you know if it is possible to take a screenshot by using apps from the play store?

    • Sure. It is completely possible to do a screen dump by using an app from the play store. Not completely sure why anyone would do this though when doing a screenshot is so easy to accomplish by a simple press of two buttons. I can not recommend any such apps as I have never tried any. You will simply have to search for it.
      Best regards Bertil

    • alana hodgson says:

      Hi hank the tank. the toolbox also does a screen shot at the top of the screen drag down. click on tool box anda white circle with 3 dots appears on the screen. click on that and the orange button ( 2nd from bottom) captures screen. the csreen with flash and top left it willl tell you its saving screen shot. in your gallery you will see as instructed earlier, there is a new folder called screen shots. Hope that helps. you do not need other apps

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