A picture tells a thousand words, and it sometimes depicts something you can’t otherwise describe with text. With a screenshot, you can show a funny conversation to someone, describe a problem you might be having or show off your brand-new Samsung Galaxy S4. Samsung provides several methods to take a screenshot and save it to your phone. Other devices that use the manufacturers TouchWiz UI and Android 4.0 or newer, including the S4 Mini and S III, also use these methods. In fact, you can even take a screenshot while you’re under water because the Galaxy S4 Active is waterproof up to three feet for thirty minutes.

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

Screenshot with Buttons

Press and hold the “Power” button on top of your Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and the “Home” button on the bottom of the phone simultaneously. You’ll see an icon in the status bar telling you that a screenshot is saving. The icon will change when the screenshot has successfully saved.

Screenshot with Gestures

Samsung provides an alternative way to take a screenshot of your phone with motion gestures. This method may not be activated by default. However, you don’t have to use any buttons to take a shot of your screen. Follow these steps to turn on the gesture:

  • Press “Menu” key.
  • Select “Settings”.
  • Choose “My device”.
  • Touch “Motions and gestures”.
  • Select “Palm motion”.
  • Touch the slider “Slider Off” to turn Palm motion for taking a screenshot on. It will now read “Slider On”.

Return to the screen that you’d like to take a screenshot of. To use this feature, place a hand with the side of your pinky touching the right side of the screen and your palm facing the side. Pass your hand over the screen toward the left. The swiping motion will save a screenshot to the gallery just like the button combination.


You may prefer this method if you accidentally turn off your phone or return to the home screen when using the button method. However, it can take some practice to get the gesture method correct. However, if you enable sensitive touch mode, you can even type or take screenshots while wearing gloves. To enable this mode, open “Settings.” Select “My Device.” Touch “Display.” Under “More Settings,” select to enable “High Touch Sensitivity.”

After your screenshot saves, you can access it from “Gallery > Screenshots.” You’ll have the same editing and sharing options as photos that you take on your phone’s camera or those that you save from the Internet. Screenshots are still images, so you cannot record a live wallpaper or a video, for example. Once you’re done with the screenshot, you can delete it permanently.

You’ll be able to save as many screenshots as you have room on your phone or SD card. Each screenshot saves at a pixel resolution equal to the resolution of your screen. The Galaxy S4 Active has a high-definition resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels, and screenshots may be one megabyte or higher in size. You cannot automatically change the resolution of screenshots, but you can manually resize them to save room if you want.

You’ll soon find the ability to save and edit screenshots on your Galaxy S4 a must-have.