Taking a screenshot on Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge is easy without using any third-party apps.
This Galaxy S6 how-to guide explains 3 native ways to take screenshots on Galaxy S6, shows you how to use smart capture to take a screenshot for pages larger than one screen and edit them instantly, Finally, your questions on taking and editing screenshots are answered.
When you may want to take a screenshot?
You may think you will never take a screenshot on Samsung Galaxy S6. But this is probably not true.
Whenever you want to or need show someone remotely the screen of Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, e.g.,
- Technical support for Galaxy S6 and S6 edge remotely ;
- Requesting help for some apps;
- bragging the achievement in a game;
- showing booking proofs or ordering info;
- sharing some key information on a website, or a location in the Google Map (not everyone always has an internet connection).
You will then find a screenshot on can solve all these issues.
Of course, if you need to share some eye-catching contents with your friends through MMS or social networks, a screenshot can be a better option.
If you share the article using sharing buttons on most websites, people need to open the browser to read it online.
3 ways to take a screenshot on Galaxy S6 without using any apps
Someone may think taking a screenshot on Samsung Galaxy S6 is too geeky or difficult.
Actually, it is very easy and simple, partially thanks to the home button in the Galaxy S6.
You do not need any apps to take a screenshot on Samsung Galaxy S6. Actually most such apps require root.
In this guide, I will show you 3 different methods of taking a screenshot on Samsung Galaxy S6 without using any apps, or connecting to other devices.
In short, you can take screenshots on the phone directly without using any apps.
The three methods to take screenshots on Samsung Galaxy S6 are:
- Use buttons. Pressing and holding Power + Home button simultaneously.
- Palm swipe. Swiping your palm over the screen from the right side or left side of the screen.
- Using the Assistant menu. Ther is a screenshot button in the Assistant menu,
These three methods work identically on Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.
The first method for taking a screenshot on Samsung Galaxy S6 is to press and hold the Power button and Home button simultaneously. Please check Galaxy S6 layout or Galaxy S6 edge layout or Galaxy S6 edge+ layout to locate the buttons,
You will hear a shutter sound if you didn’t turn off the notification sound on Galaxy S6.
The key point of this method is you need to press and hold the two buttons simultaneously. In reality, however, you always press one button earlier than the other.
So, the trick of this method is to press and hold the Power button slightly earlier. This is due to the associated functions of the individual buttons as explained in this page.
Just for your information, as detailed in Galaxy S6 layout page and galaxy S6 edge layout page, the Power button is on the right side of Galaxy S6 (or S6 edge), and the Home button is just below the screen.
If you get the power options using this method, it means you press the power button too early.
If you are redirected to the Home screen, it means you press the home button too early.
Method 2: Palm swipe
The second method to take a screenshot on Samsung Galaxy S6 is to swipe your palm over the screen from the left side to right side, or from the right side to left side, as shown below.
If nothing happens when you swipe your palm over the Galaxy S6 screen, you may need to enable this feature in Settings—Motions and gestures — Palm swipe to capture.
This method is a bit gimmicky. The successful rate maybe not as high as method 1. But if you master it, it is fun.
In addition to the two methods mentioned above, you can also use the Assistant menu to take screenshots (print screen) for Galaxy S6, S6 edge, and S6 wedge+.
Please follow this guide on using Assistant menu to take a screenshot on Galaxy S6, S6 edge, and S6 edge+.
How to edit the screenshot on Samsung Galaxy S6
Screenshots taken on Samsung Galaxy S6 are automatically saved in Pictures folder in the storage. Unlike in some previous generations of Galaxy S phones, it will not pop out the image for editing.
So, after taking the screenshot on Galaxy S6, you need to go to the Gallery app or Photos app to edit the picture as normal photos.
Of course, you can share it with other apps from the Gallery app or Photos app.
Once the screenshot is taken, you should also get a notification, tap the message and follow the instructions to quickly share it without editing.
How to use Smart Capture (scroll capture) to automatically scroll down on Galaxy S6?
In Marshmallow update for Galaxy S6, S6 edge and S6 edge+, scroll capture (smart capture), which allows you to take multi-screen screenshots, is available. You can use capture more button to automatically scroll down and capture additional screenshots until the whole page is captured.
Scroll capture works for all apps that require scrolling up and down.
If you want to take a screenshot for multiple screens (e.g., a web page) in Galaxy S6, S6 edge and S6 edge+, please follow this guide.
Why I cannot take screenshots when playing a video?
You may notice sometimes you cannot take a screenshot on Samsung Galaxy S6 when using some apps or features, mainly playing videos. In this case, you should get an on-screen message telling you screenshot cannot be taken.
This is due to copyright or security reasons. Samsung disables screen capturing features for such apps based on App details.
If you really need take screenshot under this situation, you can take a screenshot of Galaxy S6 from a PC using ADB tools.
Can you take screenshots on Samsung Galaxy S6? Do you have questions on editing the screenshots or using Smart Capture on Galaxy S6?
If you have any questions or problems on capturing screen on Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, please let us know them in the comment box below.
We will try to find a solution for you.
For other features of Galaxy S6, please check Galaxy S6 online manual page.
For detailed guides on how to use Samsung Galaxy S6, please check Galaxy S6 how-to guides page.
For detailed guides on how to use Galaxy S6 camera, please check Galaxy S6 camera guide page.
Please check Galaxy S6 Android Marshmallow update guide for more on new features in Android Marshmallow update for Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, and S6 edge+.