Taking a screenshot – Samsung S3 or Note 2

There are a number of reasons why you would need to get a screenshot of your smart phone screen. If you have question about a setting, if you want a record of how your screens are laid out, or if you just want to brag to friends about your Angry Birds (or insert game here) score, are just some of the reasons I can think of. On older Android smart phones, you most likely were required to root your phone and download an app like Screenshot (https://play NULL.google NULL.com/store/apps/details?id=com NULL.geeksoft NULL.screenshot&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5nZWVrc29mdC5zY3JlZW5zaG90Il0 NULL.) or to download the Android SDK and connect your phone to your computer (http://www NULL.androidcentral NULL.com/taking-screenshots-without-root).   These are the steps for taking a screenshot if you are using a Samsung S3 or Note 2 (This may also work on other phones running Android Jellybean 4.1)

Screenshot of the Samsung Galaxy S3 or Note 2:

  • shape your hand in a “chopping” motion, then swipe it across the screen. You can swipe in either direction across the screen (it doesn’t matter which way). If you did it correctly, you will hear the camera shutter and see a notification that a picture has been saved.
  • The screenshots will save to sdcard0 –> Pictures –> Screenshots. You can use a program like ASTRO File Manager to see the pictures.

If the screenshot feature isn’t working:

  • On the phone, open Settings –> go to Motion


  • Scroll down and find the section listed as Hand Motion
  • Find Palm Swipe to Capture, and make sure there is a check in the box.