We use our phones for everything these days, and a feature people use often is taking a screenshot. In this guide we’ll show you how to take a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 9. There are actually several ways to capture what’s on the screen, even with the S-Pen, and you’ll want to know how.
A screenshot is capturing whatever is on your screen. Then, you can save, edit or share that screenshot any way you want.
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Even if you know how to take a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 9, you might not know the other ways. Like capturing the screen with your palm or the nifty S-Pen stylus. Plus, a lot of users don’t know about all of the neat things you can do after you take a screengrab.
Someone coming from the iPhone or those who’ve used other Android smartphones will feel right at home. That’s because a quick and simple button combination will instantly capture whatever is on the screen. And if this is your first Galaxy upgrade in a while, you’ll need to know the new method now that there’s no physical home button.
How to Take a Screenshot on the Galaxy Note 9 (the regular way)
If you want to take a screenshot of something important in an email or save a photo, here’s how. All owners need to do is push and hold both the power and volume down buttons at the same time. Push, hold and let go. That’s just one way to do it though.
Basically, you quickly push and hold both buttons down at the same time, for about a second or so, then let go. You will see and hear the screenshot capture process. It’s that simple. Your Note 9 just saved what’s on the screen and you can instantly access that image from the gallery or notification bar.
Take a Screenshot with a Palm Swipe
This next way is something you’ve probably done on accident. You can take a screenshot just by swiping your hand across the screen of your phone. Open what you want to capture, then hold the edge of your hand (wrist & the edge of your palm and pinky finger) on the screen. Then just slide the edge of your hand across the entire display from left to right. This is the palm swipe screenshot gesture on Samsung phones.
It works in either direction and may take a few tries before you master the technique. Once figured out you can quickly swipe to take a screenshot and then share or save it as desired. Again, the button combo is easier for me, but the gesture is faster and works without picking up your phone.
How to Take a Screenshot with S-Pen on Galaxy Note 9
If you’re a huge fan of the S-Pen or use it often, you might as well take screenshots with it too. When you pull the S-Pen out tap “Screen Write” from the popup of “air commands” to instantly capture a screenshot. Plus, you’ll be able to edit or draw on the capture with your pen immediately too. Perfect for taking notes, circling something in a photo and more.
Pull out the S-Pen, select Screen Write, wait for the phone to capture your screenshot and you’re all set. You can change the colors, pen size and other customization options while you edit the image. Then, save, crop or share your new screenshot.
Smart Capture on Galaxy Note 9 (Scrolling Screenshot)
And finally, we want to explain one more thing, which is Smart Capture. Once enabled, you’ll see more information at the bottom of the screen after you take a screenshot. This is how you take a “scrolling screenshot”. Basically, you can easily take multiple screenshots of an entire website, email, text message conversation and more. Allowing you to capture one long image instead of three or four.
Take a screenshot with the button combination, palm swipe, or the S-Pen, then you’ll see something similar to our image above.
Hit “Capture more” and the Galaxy Note 9 will keep taking screenshots until you stop. Scrolling for you and taking one after another. This is a nice feature, but the popup of options (and the capture more button) is somewhat slow. As a result, I disable it and just take regular screenshots. To disable this head into Settings > Advanced Options > and disable “Smart Capture” to turn it off.
Everything Else You Need to Know
Screenshots will instantly save to your image gallery under “screenshots” for easy access. Additionally, you can find a preview of the screenshot in the notification bar to quickly share, edit or delete it.
Also, if you happen to notice you’re taking screenshots accidentally, it’s probably the palm-swipe method. Here’s how to turn it off. Go to Settings > Device > Advanced features > Palm swipe to capture > and toggle the on/off button.
Now, just use the button combo or the S-Pen when you need to take a screenshot. While you’re here, consider getting some official Samsung accessories from our slideshow below.