Taking a screenshot has been an important part of the smartphone experience for years, and there are multiple ways to do it. Different companies allow their phones to take screenshots in different ways. In the case of Samsung Galaxy S23 FE, there are several ways to take a screenshot.
But, how do you do this? Well, don’t worry. if you’ve finally picked up a new Galaxy S23 FE, and you want to start taking screenshots, then here’s a quick and useful guide. We’ll go over the ways specific to this phone, and we’ll also talk about more general methods.
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How to take a screenshot with your Galaxy S23 FE
There are four ways for you to take a screenshot on your phone. They all have different degrees of convenience, so it’ll be nice to know all of them. Also, some of them do require a little bit of a setup, so we’ll go over the setup process as well. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
Volume-down + power button
This method is tried and true, as it’s the oldest method to take a screenshot on an Android phone. To do this method, simply press the power button and the volume-down button at the same time. On older phones, you had to press and hold the buttons, but that’s not the case now. You only have to press them.
If you’re you’re used to using a phone comfortably, you can do this with one hand. Just nestle the phone in your palm and press the buttons with your index and middle fingers.
However, if you’re more clumsy and prone to dropping your phone, you’ll want to do this with two hands. Just make sure that your palm doesn’t accidentally press the screen. You don’t want to change the screen that you’re trying to screenshot.
This is a method more specific to Galaxy phones. In order to do this method, you might have to enable it. Go to your settings and scroll down to Advanced features. There, tap on the Motions and gestures section and scroll to the bottom. You’ll see the Palm swipe to capture option. Tap on the toggle to turn it on.
Now, to take a screenshot, turn your hand perpendicular to your phone so that the side of your palm is facing it. Then, swiftly swipe your palm across your screen as though you’re trying to wipe something off of it. You’ll want to do this rather quickly, also. It works well, though you might want to make a couple of practice swipes to get the hang of it.
So, the thing with this method is that it involves you actually making contact with the screen. This means that there’s a chance that you’ll interact with the content you’re trying to screenshot.
Say, you’re trying to take a screenshot of a webpage. Well, there’s the chance that you’ll accidentally move the webpage when you swipe. It’s rare, but it has happened.
Samsung’s Bixby is the company’s AI assistant, and it’s heavily integrated into the Galaxy ecosystem. All you have to do is summon the assistant and ask it to take a screenshot for you.
However, if you newly set up the phone or if you haven’t used Bixby yet, then you’ll need to set it up. When you get the phone, it should be set to summon Bixby when you hold the power button.
When you summon Bixby for the first time, you’ll need to sign into your Samsung account. Enter your email and password or use your Google or Facebook account to sign in. After you sign in, you’ll need to read the terms of service to get an understanding of how Samsung is using your data with Bixby. After you get it set up, you’ll be able to use it.
Just summon Bixby and say “Take a screenshot”, then the voice assistant will do the rest. It’s a pretty convenient way to do this.
One thing to know is that using this method takes time. You’ll either have to hold down the power button or say the “Hey Bixby” hot word. After that, it’s another second for it to activate. Then, once you tell it to take the screenshot, it has to process the command in order to take it.
In all, it’s about five seconds from start to finish. That’s not an extremely long time, but it’s an eternity if you’re trying to take a screenshot of something that’s time-sensitive. Say, you’re trying to take a screenshot of a moment in a video. Well, you’ll want to be able to take it at a moment’s notice.
However, this is the most convenient method to use if you can’t have physical contact with your phone while taking the screenshot. You can take it using just your voice.
Here’s a method that is, obviously, not exclusive to Galaxy phones. All Android phones have the ability to use the Google Assistant to augment their experience. If you don’t want to bother signing up for Bixby on top of Google Assistant, then you can just use the latter.
You’ll use the Assistant in the same way. This way isn’t much faster than Bixby, but you’ll be able to take the screenshot with just your voice.
What do after taking the screenshot
Now that you’ve taken your screenshot, there are more things that you can do with it. Once you take your screenshot, you’ll notice a little toolbar appear on the bottom of the screen. This will give you additional options.
The first option will let you edit the image. In this screen, you can write/draw on the screenshot and crop it. You can also share it, which we’ll discuss later in the article. Once you’re finished, you can tap on the little square icon with a downward arrow to save your screenshot to your gallery.
The next option will allow you to give a tag. Samsung uses these tags to help you find your photos in the Samsung Gallery app. When you tap on the Tag option, the phone will scan the images for possible tags that you can assign to the screenshot. You can either select one of the suggestions or type in your own tag.
When you’re in the Samsung Gallery app, tap on the search button at the top right of the screen. Then, type in the tag that you’ve assigned to the picture. You’ll see that picture and others with the same tag populate the screen.
The last option will allow you to share the screenshot you just took. When you tap on the share icon, you’ll see the Galaxy share sheet come up. This is separated into three sections. The first section will have the Google Nearby Share function. Tap on that to share it with nearby devices.
The next section will show recommended contacts for you to send the screenshot to. The bottom section will show a carousel of apps where you can share the screenshot to. If you don’t see the app in the carousel, scroll all the way to the right and tap on the More option. This will show you all of the apps.
And, with that. you now know how to take a screenshot with your phone!